9 January 2009

Double Figures

Oh yes! I'm sitting here in front of the fire drinking coffee and eating cakes occasionally looking out of the window at the mountains. A perfect rest day.

This morning

The Ginger Whinger - a master at chilling out

Yesterday we hunted out another mixed climbing venue (Grotte des Hirondelles @ Les Orres) and I ticked 3 out of 5 lines there (onsighting the easiest two). The other line is called 'Promocion social' which climbs a slab, a wall, a roof then back on to a wall - similar in character and difficulty to RSH at White Goods. I think we will head back up there and try the remaining two lines as the climbing is interesting, mostly on natural placements and the cave has a good view for a change!!!

Some beta: the dry tooling crag is located above Les Orres station, follow the road until there is a left hand hair pin with lots of parking on the right and a Via Ferrata sign. Walk south along the track (the Grotte will be visible briefly) up the east side of the steep wooded valley, pass a bergerie and another V.F. sign. Carry on on the east side as the valley opens out. When the ground steepens at the head turn right and the cave will be up on the left. See P231 of 'Glace et mixte en cascade' 2005 by Fine & Turin.

and now for the rest of the rest day??.......... A 'problem' .... I have to take my car to the garage to get a tie rod replaced?? Well, it turns out that some of the energy of my car sliding in to the barrier was converted to a bent rod and a 160 euro repair bill. AAAAARGGHH. I'm happy (really) as this is a 100 euro saving from the original quote given by the small garage in Les Vigneaux.

and possibly some films at the Ecrin Ice Festival tonight?

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