Tommy's first steps and my first Grand Capucin summit
I was looking at a documentary yesterday about the gnus…the baby gnu walks some minutes after coming out of the mothers belly…Amazing! Well it took Tommy a bit longer than this. A year and almost too months to do his first steps! A complicated process! He’s so proud and funny when he walks!
I did I don’t know how many steps last week when going to Grand capucin and back to the Aiguille du Midi…It’s endless going back, specially a bit tired after a long and nice climb to the summit of Grand Capucin! I’ve never been on it’s top, we always turned around before…climbing to hard routes. So I ask Nico to do one easier one to have time to get to the top. He chose Le sourire de l’ete, 6b. He hasn’t done it yet. It is the route almost nobody climbs, no real anchors, really old equipment, and not easy to find the way up, since the cracks tend to disappear. But we were lucky, we found the good way and we were surprised by the good quality of the rock! At the end we joined Sole mio to get to the top (Sourire de l’ete becomes an aid route in the upper part).
Then two days ago, we wanted to do one “linkup” around Aiguille du midi; Fissure Laroux 7a, Fou de l’Aiguille (6c, 6b, 6c+, 7b, 7a, 6c, 4, 7a+) and L’enfer du décor 7b. We were a bit too optimistic to do this in a “cablecar” timing. After the 5th pitch of Fou d’aiguille we escaped to the easier terrain to get the last cablecar to the valley. But it stays a nice challenge! Nice reequipped some anchors and changed old bolts today, so it will be even a greater pleasure to return!
Here the topo and description in French: http://jmc-crew.com/News.php?Id=415