Two climbers killed by avalanche on the Pic du Midi

Two climbers have been killed by an avalanche in the North-East couloir of the Pic du Midi de Bigorre around 8h00 today. The group of 3 local climbers, said to be experienced and properly equipped had set off at 4h00. The group were caught at around 2300 meters altitude. The survivor, who was partially buried by the slide, was able to give the alert by telephone.

Posted by davidof on the 17 April 2016

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Trip Reports

Col de Porte again

12C at the col at 1pm with a light foehn. The snow was pretty heavy. Skiable but largely due to improved technique this winter. The south loop had some bare patches as for the rest, around 20-50cm of snow.

Posted by davidof on the 2016-03-30

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Tour of the Grand Serre

From the ski resort of l'alpe du Grand Serre (la Bache) follow a trail to les Desserts behind the Grizzli buildings. Continue on the Blanche ski run then take a right on the "chemin de Sibitis) path.

Posted by davidof on the 22 February 2016

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  1. Grand Serre Couloirs
  2. Le Grand Mont, NW
  3. Croix de l Alpe from les Prés
  4. Dent de Crolles by the Pas de l Oeille

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