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TR: Chamchaude voie-normale (20/4/2012)
Posted: 26 April 2012 11:38 PM  
Total Posts:  2234
Joined  2003-10-24

Last Friday I did a couple of laps of Chamchaude, the highest summit in the Chartreuse mountains at 2082 meters. I didn’t have time to post a trip report before going away but as the photos are rather nice, and the ski conditions exceptional for a 20th April, I will put up this rather late reports.

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Here is la Pinea opposite, you can just see a faint brown colour in the trees, Ansell Adams style. The summit is skiable and KenR and I have skied the couloir down the back which you can find on the shoulder on the right below the summit (voie de Vermorel).

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I’d initially thought about climbing via the Canyon but was not feeling too great having come back from CH the night before. It was skied on Saturday morning.

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At 1800m you can see the Bachassons chalet almost completely under snow.

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Whoever did the track made a fantastic job, a real pro.

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The summit plateau has hardly any ski tracks.

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Looking down from the summit, tracks through the par-avalanches. You can see some pretty exceptional snow depths on the right.

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The Folatiere rock in the foreground and tracks through the avalanche protection. The direct route you see above is quite steep

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and not without avalanche risk (that’s why there is protection, doh!).