Early April can be a good time for ski touring and big Alpine face climbing… However, my trip in early April wasn’t!
After a season of heavy snow and strong winds the bigger faces are quite dry (ie not a lot of snow on them). Just as we arrived in Chamonix there was a sudden increase in the temperature which led to high avalanche conditions at all heights so it was time to change plans and the skis and crampons had to stay packed.
It wasn’t all bad news though as the dry warm weather meant that we could explore some of the lower lying crags around the area. Ive spent alot of time around the Samoens/Taninges area in the past but I haven’t really visited the low lying crags there. Although many of them are quite slabby (French slabs are hard work!) there is actually plenty of variety.
Le Tuet was probably the pick of the crags we visited with beautiful climbing in a stunning setting. The 3 pitch Le Liseron Bleu (5c,5c,6a) was brilliant!