Gran Paradiso ski tour • April 20 - 23, 2017


Fred Larke stayed on after the Bernese Oberland tour, to do some more skiing around Chamonix and finish up with a ski ascent of the Gran Paradiso. Kathy was feeling strong by now, so she took the baton.


Other Trips with Fred

Berner Oberland - April 2017
Vanoise - March 2015
Ortler - March 2015
Albula - March 2014
Cham & Zermatt, April 2013
Berner Oberland, May 2012
Queyras - February 2011
Chamonix to Zermatt - April 2010
Chamonix to Zermatt - April 2009
Stubai - March 2008
Silvretta - March 2008
Berner Oberland - May 2007
Ortler - April 2006
Chamonix to Zermatt - April 2005

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We started out on the classic "Vallée Noire" descent.


A bluebird day, though very cold!


We skinned up toward Pointe Helbronner, through the crevasse field high on the Géant Glacier.


Very scenic "features".


Having tagged a high point, we started back down north facing snow.


This snow was better than it looks!


This, on the other hand, was about as bad as it looks! The melt is a bit ahead of schedule this year, necessitating some tricky negotiating of bare glacier ice. Beats walking though!


Eventually walking becomes inevitable.


Arriving at the "Grotto".


Day 2, we head up the Grands Montets to ski on the Glacier des Rouges du Dolent.


Heading down the Glacier du Rognon.


We skied high up into the glacier (no pics), then cruised down lovely corn snow back to the Grands Montets. A perfect day on the Argentière Glacier.


Continuing down among the séracs.


Day 3, it's on to the Gran Paradiso National Park. After about an hour of trail walking, we are back on snow again.


Approaching the Chabod hut.


The next, and final day, we start out at first light from the hut.


Gotta go down to go up...


Mustering in the twilight.


Up much higher, we finally regain the sunshine.


Getting closer now!


The exciting last steps to the summit!


We made it!


It took a little while to get down to the nice corn snow, but when we found it, it was delightful.



But all good things must come to and end. Footsore and ready for dinner! Thanks again Fred and hope to see you back again soon.

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