Yesterday I started my skitouring season directly after a Wonderfull city trip in the Wonderfull city of Roma. The joy of the Italian gastronomy and the happiness to get warmer temperature are strongly opposite to the Splügeln Pass climat. To begin this new season I had the objective to skin up until Piz Tambo and ski down the north face.
The ski resort still close The uphill is something 1900hm high and some kilometers. The landscape is awesome up there and I was back in Italy just few hours after Roma. I made almost all the way up the track and at the end a friendly group broke the last meters.
I was bit worry about snow stability, a huge wind slab went away and I was wondering how the upper part would be stable. The first few turns made me confident and I decided to drop in. The snow was bit wind blow and powder pack, but super nice to ski, the last hundred meters were powder cinema. From the bottom, skin on and back to the resort to dont risk any rocks contact. That was a day, a cool way to start the winter!
Nothing better than a long alpine tour at home Calanda to forget all worries and wash bit my head. I wake up, work and face this mountain all time so it was time to watch the scenery from the full ridge.
I ve discovered for the first time the fantastic beautiful way to Vazer Alp, super smooth it drives me fast to the beginning of the ridge.
I decide to take the ridge all time and don’t cut to Rossfallenspitz, the T6 little climb is super pleasant then pass the Luggen and head to the Napoléon. At beginning I have to make a little traverse in wait steep unstable sand, the only place I would recommand an rigid shoe. Then traversing on north, back to south and head up to Napoléon. Two abseil have been build but I have decide to avoid carrying rope and harness and unclimbed those 25m in climbing shoes. Something grade 3, bit more in axe of rappel.
After the Napoléon, 4m traverse on north and direct to top of Haldenstein Calanda.
Then adventure goes to Felsberger Calanda. I am missing water so take ll snow as possible in my flask to make kind of granita.
The last part is climbing on a not super stable rock. Kind of giant Micado but it’s short.
Then I begin to see the end of the story.
I enjoy the super beautifull view and try to hear and watch all could be a river. I pass fast the Taminser Calanda and take the way to the little cut village with the same name.
A great day up on this ridge! A nice way to focus about just one thing « does the rock hold or will I fall with the rock 1000m down », good sometimes. Thanks to Scott for the super new supertrac ultra!
Bon voyage ma grand maman ❤️
Last week Marco send me a draft on Fat map with a line looked really interesting not far from Piz Sardona and from our previous last week en descent on Vorab Garner north face. The line looks nice on top section but bit more gnarly on the low part, but I dont mind, I am super happy to be in for this super nice, sunny and cool day.Two days before my mate send me a picture took at the top with actual condition, it looked jus « wouah », meeting was setting for Monday for a great day.After a full safari on the beautiful freshly prepared slopes of Laax and Flims we fastly arrived at the top of Piz Dolf (3027m). From the top we enter 10 meters on the right side. The way is easy to find, the slope is steep but the snow is awesome. then the condition oblige us to make a rappel.From the bottom of the rappel we traverse slight on the right to turn around a cliff on the way, the last meters were quite steep.Then we had to make a second super short rappel above a small ice fall. To close this super nice descent we should make a last 2 meters jump to exit the couloir .Super happy of the line, we decided to head down Bargis. After some little mistakes we arrived in a super cute couple of chalet I promised myself I would go back next summer.That was a great day and an awesome adventure with a super friend! In fact that was « waouh“. A big thanks Marco to show me all those new places with smile and laugh. I had an amazing time.
A huge thanks to all my friends made this week end great for me with nice exhibition, nice talk, super ski adventure.
Yesterday I have shared a great day with with a local young gun and friend, Marco. Pretty much one year ago I was at the same place with maybe two more meters snow. So yesterday was the second time the lift guy at the top saw funky guys going on this side. For booth of us it was kind of special, Marco grew up in Flims and Vorab is there a special mountain, for me life and heart were bit different.
After a first nice week in my new graubunden home it was time to get up there. Weather was wondering if it should let us have fun or fight. At the top after 5min approach from lift it cleared all.Compare to last year we had to unclimb the top snow lipp, I say unclimb and not abseil because we forget a dead man wood piece.
The top section was even easier this year, the snow perfect and not much problem with the little sharks. This year I didn’t forget to don’t ski so far down to the bottom cliff and we did cut a bit earlier.
I was aware the last year dry ski section would have been impossible with so less snow, we decided to turn around the cliff by the west side, it’s a super easy and beautiful variation too. The lower part offered us nice pack cold snow to move fast away from this high risk avi place. Even the bottom part except a little crusty moment was great snow.
Photos: Sébastien and Courtesy of Marco for the first two.
I have a special history with Piz Sardona. When I moved for east Switzerland it’s the first place I ve been skiing steep, it’s the first place I open a route in Glarus with Adelin and Michal (red). Today, on the way to move to Graubunden I am super happy to skied this super nice Gross Schiben west couloir.
Already skied many times, the gross Schiben west couloir is the most logic one but I saw most of the people going on right side (yellow) and I was thinking the left side should be awesome too (green).
This morning it has some new snow, I don’t know how is the reaction with the wind. Approach is long but I just have to walk for 15min from the bus station. This side of the piz Sardona is impressive but really designed for steep ski. I am really impressed about the road we opened ogether with Michal and Adelin, not easy to find a way into the top section.
All the first part is bit hard but it gives me possibility to climb fast.
Then it comes a lot more flat and I begin to swim into the snow with sun heat slowly the side of the slope. I move all of myself to push faster. I thank the last tour with the skimo team to make seb fitness great again but my time with burgers at FWT slow me a bit. The last part is bit more on shadow and allow me for comteplation.
The top part don’t give me much envie to make big curve, the first 10cm just wait seb comes to all move down together in avi. The mid section is just powder on all the left side, here you are powder snow!
Then the last part is OK with a small icy traverse.
What an unexpected super day! Love it. So this is not a restricted are…. And holy god thanks but there you can admire a lot of chamois. I was moving so slow hope I didn’t scarry them.
During my trips to Seehore I saw this nice face looking north, watching internet I saw a nice video of last year with guys in a couloir with awesome conditions. Couloirs is this year lot more easier to find in condition than big face blowed by wind. All the uphill is worst than everest on a summit day but snow is smooth and it’s possible to cut a bit the way. At the top the landscape is great. I see some old tracks in the face but the snow looks super, go!
All the start is wide, nice, with soft snow. I decide to drop in a narrow couloir.
The rest is not much steep and wide but so happy to find all the way, at this high, with this warm temperatures, a nice line in powder.
All the time on the way to Hübschhorn I saw this super nice couloir.
With the cold and stable snow on north side I was thinking it was a cool option for a light skitour. I decided to start from Simplon Pass then take the highway to Spitzhorli. A nice 200m descent on the shadow lead just under the top of Glishorn.
Then 200m skin up to join the top.
The lord of the place and for myself some great remember. Nothing steep at the beginning but a cool view with a certain impression to make some « urban steep skiing ».
After 200m a little traverse olblige to put skis on the bag, after it becomes a smooth wide nice couloir. At altitude 1400m I took the way on the left to join brig. Big surprise I arrived with skis really low and just had to walk 20min to reach the brig station. That was a cool relax day in the mountains.
I saw this super nice couloir last summer and in the Engelberg topo guide. Far to be extrem and exposed it is anyway a great experience in the Swiss Dolomites. For the acces I have chosed to traverse from Bannalp, it offer a fast acces and you just need to take skins and a pair of light crampons.
I was lucky to make the track on Thursday, an awosme moment with full pow turns. On Friday my mates Michal and Harald were up to join and I was happy to try some drone shooting. Some more tracks between but the most important a great time shared with two super friends.