Wag the dog

ESF Boss Gilles Chabert - many feel he has too much power

Organizing the kids over the French school holidays is a major preoccupation for parents and many have been left wondering why half term has started on a Thursday this year. Hoteliers, already hit hard by a series of terrorist attacks in France, are reporting holiday bookings down 30% as the fortnight holiday straddles three weeks, leaving only 1 complete Saturday to Saturday period.

Posted by davidof on the 23 October 2016

Other Posts

  1. Major dumpage forecast for Southern Alps this week
  2. Spectacular avalanche in the Himalayas
  3. A legend falls
  4. Two climbers killed by avalanche on the Pic du Midi

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Trip Reports

Last tour of the season

Snow from the col although it had large suncups. No refreeze below 2500 meters but skiable below. Lots of purges on the slopes below the Aiguille du Gd. fond. We started around 10h45 due to the road being blocked from a previous slide.

Posted by mikey on the 2016-06-07

Other Reports

  1. Col de Porte again
  2. Midi Deux at the Col de Porte
  3. First and last at the Col de Marcieu
  4. A seuil before work


Point Arpire

Climb the combe d'Arpire to the south until to reach the col then follow the short ridge to right (west) to the summit. Keep you distance from the steep slopes of the Aiguille du Grand Fond that have a habit of avalanching.

Posted by davidof on the 07 June 2016

Other Routes

  1. Tour of the Grand Serre
  2. Grand Serre Couloirs
  3. Le Grand Mont, NW
  4. Croix de l Alpe from les Prés

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