Norm Numerof and Curt Green, two big climbs in the Engadine • September 5-11, 2009
Last year, Norm and his wife, Karen joined Mark for their annual Alps adventure, also traveling to the Saint Moritz area of southeast Switzerland. Unfortunately, on that occasion, the weather was anything but cooperative, and none of the big objectives were accomplished.
In contrast, this season, conditions and the weather were amazingly good, especially considering the lateness of the season. Ever the optimist, Norm talked friend Curt into joining him for 2009.
The original plan was to climb primarily ice routes in the Chamonix area, but with a very dry late summer most of the ice climbs were out of shape, shades of black and gray, with considerable stone-fall hazard. "How about the Biancograt?" Norm asked. Good idea!, and we were off.
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