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The beginning of winter 2013 was very hard: rain rain rain.. :-(

Only a few days in Spain: Oliana and Terradets, a magic cliff where I send classic lines over 8a :-)

With Charles, a friend from Toulouse, we talked many times about doing a trip together.. climbing, or artificial or ice we didn't know..

At last we managed to plan a climb together: it will be ICEFALL near l'Argentière la bessée, a bit late in season (beginning of March)

It's the first time we climb together. Many many times we have discussed routes & topos at the bottom of crags but now here we are!! :-)

First day: Fournel and classic / historic routes Hiroshima 5 / 150m and La vision de marco 4 / 100m

Second day: bad day.. we initially decided to go and climb in Gramusat face.. 4H00 stand up and it was raining.. :-(  Change of route: Les violins 6 /150m.. just arriving at the bottom, a big snow and ice avalanche came from the top of the icefall!! So bad.. no more snow at the top?!? We didn't ask about it for a long time and decided to go and climb Fracastorus 3+ / 200m and make top rope in Dessous chics 5 / 30m

Third day: Ceillac, where we climb Vermicelle 5+ / 50m ; Easy Rider 6 / 70m; and make many climbs on Sombre heros 5 / 100m. We also climb the dry routes in Sombrero cave, with the on-sight of Prend moi sec M7+ and Sodomice, M6

Fourth day: Cervières. Looking at the topo we focused on the 5 minutes approach.. without seeing it after 1 hour we ended up on a ski slope :-) Fortunately a snow groomer took us the right way and it was very fast!! Fantastic spot of one pitch ice-climbing.. my first M6 (L'Tube) and many lines in 4, 5, and mixed climb until M6+ :-)

Last day: Les Orres. Dancing fall 5+ / 100m just before driving back to Toulouse. 2 magic steep pitches before a third one which looked very bad.. we were hesitating but the sun and rockfall helped us to rappel down !!

Magic week!! Next year we'll back early in season to get our objectives

Now, let's go rock-climbing :-)

See you soon

[gallery link="file"][:us]The beginning of winter 2013 was very hard: rain rain rain.. :-(

Only a few days in Spain: Oliana and Terradets, a magic cliff where I send classic lines over 8a :-)

With Charles, a friend from Toulouse, we talked many times about doing a trip together.. climbing, or artificial or ice we didn't know..

At last we managed to plan a climb together: it will be ICEFALL near l'Argentière la bessée, a bit late in season (beginning of March)

It's the first time we climb together. Many many times we have discussed routes & topos at the bottom of crags but now here we are!! :-)

First day: Fournel and classic / historic routes Hiroshima 5 / 150m and La vision de marco 4 / 100m

Second day: bad day.. we initially decided to go and climb in Gramusat face.. 4H00 stand up and it was raining.. :-(  Change of route: Les violins 6 /150m.. just arriving at the bottom, a big snow and ice avalanche came from the top of the icefall!! So bad.. no more snow at the top?!? We didn't ask about it for a long time and decided to go and climb Fracastorus 3+ / 200m and make top rope in Dessous chics 5 / 30m

Third day: Ceillac, where we climb Vermicelle 5+ / 50m ; Easy Rider 6 / 70m; and make many climbs on Sombre heros 5 / 100m. We also climb the dry routes in Sombrero cave, with the on-sight of Prend moi sec M7+ and Sodomice, M6

Fourth day: Cervières. Looking at the topo we focused on the 5 minutes approach.. without seeing it after 1 hour we ended up on a ski slope :-) Fortunately a snow groomer took us the right way and it was very fast!! Fantastic spot of one pitch ice-climbing.. my first M6 (L'Tube) and many lines in 4, 5, and mixed climb until M6+ :-)

Last day: Les Orres. Dancing fall 5+ / 100m just before driving back to Toulouse. 2 magic steep pitches before a third one which looked very bad.. we were hesitating but the sun and rockfall helped us to rappel down !!

Magic week!! Next year we'll back early in season to get our objectives

Now, let's go rock-climbing :-)

See you soon

Sylvain

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