Haute-Savoie (74), Savoie (73), Isere (38) | Hautes Alpes (05), Maritime Alpes (06), Alpes de Haute-Provence (04) | Corsica | Eastern Pyrenees (66), Hautes Pyrenees (65), Andorra, Ariege (09), Haute Garonne (31), Atlantic Pyrenees (64)
The so called "Doctor Vertical", 58 year old Emmanuel Cauchy has been killed by an avalanche this morning near the Pointe Alphonse-Favre (2788 meters) in the Aiguilles Rouges near Chamonix. The avalanche injured three other members of the ski touring party. There was also a fatality in the Pyrenees on Saturday and a British skier injured at les Arcs in the Couloir S.
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
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