Sixteen dead as storm from Hell blasts Alps

The group on the first day of the Haute-Route

Sixteen people have been killed in the Alps over the weekend. In the most serious incident seven ski tourers, including a high mountain guide and mountain leader died and two others are in a serious condition, in what one survivor described as a "night of hell". The skiers were on the Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route in the Pigne d'Arolla sector.

Posted by davidof on the 30 April 2018

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Trip Reports

Couloir Virgule before Carmen

The weather service announced a window from 10 to 2 pm, just before the arrival of storm Carmen. It had snowed overnight but only about 15cm. With the heavy rain at the weekend the snow depths have reduced from 70 to 30cm at 1000m but still enough to tour as it is relatively dense but somewhat discontinuous in the Chartreuse forests.

Posted by davidof on the 2018-01-01

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  2. Christmas Lunch
  3. Phantom Village and Canyon
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Scia NW Couloir

Follow the trail to the habert d'Aiguebelle (refuge, renovated in 2008 but closed). Take the path that climbs on the left bank of the valley and after 150 meters turn to the south-east to climb through a glade (pt 1500m - ravin de Muret).

Posted by davidof on the 20 March 2017

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  1. Mont Noir les Coulmes
  2. Orionde NW face
  3. Cime de la Jasse, north couloirs
  4. Point Arpire

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