Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Les Fleurs du Mal- A first ED

A Conville Technique
After deciding to return home early, we had plans for one last 'big route'. The Walker was out of condition and the Dru north face was too icy for a person of so little experience. Me and Luke decided to tick an ED before we went, even if it was a not very serious one. We chose technical difficulty over danger and decided to visit the Envers Side of the Chamonix Aiguilles. Still 15 pitches and with a sketchy approach (especially with our direct start), but not a massive north face.

Upper Section
We bivvied by the Envers hut (without bivy bags) and walked up the next morning. We cruised most of the way up the route in no particular hurry, but reasonably fast and were on the upper crux section by 12ish. I led the E2 pitch (the only part of the route to have no bolts) and then up the beautiful slabs to the top.

The lower slabs
Some very nice climbing, but slightly eliminate as you are never further than 100 metres from a chossy VS gully. A fine outing though, and a good one to finish the trip on- if only we had stayed out longer.

The view from the bivy

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