Last Friday was the perfect day to meet my mates Adelin and Ursin to ski the last route from the top I have not already skied.
8 years before I skied the red way and a bit later the green one with Wim, so we decide to ski the missing part between. This route has been skied one day after I was on the red one.
West part of Switzerland contrast a lot with the east one actually covered by snow. Here it’s kind of spring but snow defrost partially and offer a soft ski.
Luisin is the perfect half day tour, easy up, fast down. At the top wait a bit to let snow melting a bit. I am not surprised that some people skied it before with probably bit easier condition, well maybe not all the long watching the side stepping tracks. It was time to take my drone and become pilote so this tour became a full practice field.
I was bit hesitate about the exit but remembers came.
This was great day with two super friends, Luisin is always so nice to go, the place is awesome.
The vidéo : video of Luisin
Today I am happy. I finally complet this face. The one in yellow from 2014 was really nice, the new one in red is definitely not the same exposure, the rappel is common, at very bottom.
To avoid all the Swiss train mess and delay I decided to spend a night at the Hospice. Always nice with great welcome plus all in French. Today the classic route to the top of Hübbschorn was kind of icy all along the south face, nice way to begin. From the top all first section is a bit slaloming to join the big diagonal. This section is the crux plus today was pack hard snow (does this place see the sun? Or is it just the constant wind). After the technical place the diagonal is pure happiness and I join my older way.
Few small turn and 10m rappel then I am at the final jump. A last moment focus for Seb, without snickers and it’s done. Soooooo cool. It’s definitely a super nice way with two distinct section, well the technical one is the upper one but with great snow, and not crazy avi danger maybe it’s easier.
The second route described for the Carnets de Trail powered by Planet Endurance and the Outdoor Journal takes place close to Luzern. I ve Shot great pics of Ursin Flepp on a magical ridge around Brisen.
The full article is here on The Outdoor journal
Thanks again to Ursin, Planet Endurance and The Outdoor Journal
To give great trail running idea I and Planet Endurance have decided to published some of the greatest trip I made in mountains. The Outdoor Journal will publish it too: The Outdoor Journal publication
What a great day in mountain share with my long time friend Wim. This year we still didn’t skied together, that was time to speak about our respective season and projects. The thing is Wim just come back from the Patrouille des Glaciers with a full skimo winter and I…. not really. It’s always the fear to be the slowly one with big warm I hardly support. We stared easy from the Simplon hospice, watching Hubschhorn north face we skied together two years ago together. The ridge to the top of Monte Leone is beautiful and a part of me would like to jump in the teasing NE slope but I know a rappel festival would wait for me at low part.
At the top I can see the tracks of Davide who gave me the idea to come here. Wim with a empty steep season doesn’t feel to drop in the north face. I jump alone so. Snow is great! Thanks Davide.
Wim ended the way back a bit later and we went back to the Hospice happy and with a deserved glass of apple juice. Always happy to come back to Simplon and great to see big faces are ready.
With the Tiejer Flue last Friday, I am super happy to finish my project to ski the 3 big faces between Arosa And Davos.
Yesterday was the perfect sunny, warm, without people day. Leaving in center of Switzerland demands early wake up at morning to reach the Grisons before sun heat the slope. The adventure began in Arosa, it remembers me the day at Schiesshorn. Today the uphill is slightly bit more demanding to go to the Tierje Flue but view is amazing. I reach the top around 12h surprise the snow doesn’t melt so much. Here I was already with Adelin and Michal last January. At this time we missed a bit snow and I didn’t find the right entrance.
Today I try to start from the top few meters but join back the ridge, the top section stayed the same as in January, just a heap of stones.
I headed down the north face few meters more down our past attempt, it’s steep, I must cross unstable and steep ice flute but I don’t heat any rocks. Then a I reach a nice couloir, life would be great to follow that one till the end but it’s a trap it just heads to a cliff. I follow my plans and cross the face to the center.
Here is the better place to pass the middle mixte section. Then I cross to the left but not enough as I planed. Whatever a bit more mega steep plus narrow mixte section with the huge cliff under keeps me aware to stay on the slope. I finally reach the terminal ramp. Until the mid part of the ramp all is fine, the view is spectacular and the crusty snow horrible but all good. Then began a short but intense part of the route: the dalle section. This could have been maybe better in January but right now the sluff has devastated this part and just let it with ice and rock. Seb skier switch to seb climber to unclimbed this beauty.
It remembers me a bit the exposed climbing part of The Rautispitz but this time I do not ask for the same end. After a rappel on dead man I finally join the skiable last part of the rampe. I pack as fast as possible to don’t take sluff or more on my head and head done back the Valley.
This route complete my local trilogy: Shiesshorn west face, Chüpfenflue And Tierje Flue north face. This route doesn’t seams to has been skied before.
Here is a little clip about the Chüpfenflue north face with Michal Dzian.
Vidéo Chüpfenflue is here
After last weekend with the whole face went down below my skis I decided that level 3 today was my limit. When all faces are windpack and I am too lazy to make hours and hours of train to check projects I oftenly go to Mini mountain land: Emmental.
The goal for the day was to first arrive to track in this extra splashy snow then ski a mini couloir on the north west face of the Strick. Up hill was nice, warm but extra sticky. As expected the couloir was properly icy, true ice with a bit of fresh snow, a new sport was born thé redbull steep crash ice. Better when it’s maximum 40 degree.
Then all opened to give some of the best turns of the season, and classic when it’s steep: nobody their. I love East Switzerland.
Finally I and Michal skied this face. It was yesterday the third attempt and finally it worked. The reasons of past failures were always the same: a tricky snow instability at top section. Yesterday has past times we checked if any avalanche come down from the mountain it would reach anyone under.
We decide to try, yesterday as usually the top section went down (30cm without any cohesion with the harder section under, avi report 2 ….but well all mountains are different). This time I decided to go further and to ski down.
All top section windpack was away so it was safe.
We reached the ramp wich let think a more stable snow cause not touch by wind. Here is the tricky part of the trip make let me think about a 5.3, a jump not as high but long with a bad take off. After few seconds hesitation I decide to try the jump cause landing seems to be in good snow, all fine. Then the way travers a snow field, regarding the experience at top section we decide to attack it at highest as possible, finally snow doesn’t move at all, lower we get better is the cohesion.
Then a little slalom between the cliff make us reach the low freeride section.
The cinema snow allow us for huge big powwow turn. At the bottom we saw that the top section avi stayed on the face and didn’t even reached the low section of the mountain. Thinking about it all the steep section require a bit of orientation, it’s punctually technical but never extrem. The snow is the key of the trip, its hardly compact and I was surprised to almost get trapped in a hole.