Aiguille du tour, our first alps summit
|Br's checking out the route|
|Aiguille de tour , photo by Brandon Riza,|
At 2pm the alarm went off. Br wanted to have other people started before us so we could follow their boot track, (only 2 of us in the rope team which makes it not really ideal to cross the glacier) so we waited till 3.30pm and started breaking down our tent and headed out. There were already quite a bit headlamp on the glacier. This crowd ended up being a bit of pain in the ass later on.
|view from our tent|
|br and me at the summit |
of Aiguille de tour.
This climb is monumental for me, it's only been less than 2 years since my knee surgery, it's our first big climb (roped up, no guide ) together, my first real glacier and mixed climb, and besides it's freaking alps. Can't complain for sure.
At the summit br asked me to stand at the edge of the rock so he could take photo, I firmly say no!, the last thing I want was to slip and fall off the ridge. Lol . We still got our pic thou . Anyway...
Downhill was a bitch. My least favorite part , plus we had to rush too because by that time the snow was already pretty soft and br was nervous about crossing the glacier, to make matter worse, we went off route for a bit but by 3.30 pm we were back at the camp site, tired, sunburned but excited.
The next day we trekked down and safely back to chamonix. I was badly sun burn ( my own fault of course) but happy, one down and more to come. The next day is zermatt time.