Yeah, yeah. We’ve heard enough of your moaning about what a poopy season it’s been because of the lack of snow. Well, amigos, if you use your imagination a bit you’ll see that this year’s low tide has been nothing but pure joy from the climbers in the crew. However, before you grab your eis pickels and head out for a quick scamper up Les Droites you might want to ponder the words of François Damilano. In his guidebook Neige, Glace et Mixte he states, “An ascent of any of the routes on this face is a milestone in any mountaineer’s career.”
But if you’re still keen and you’re wondering about conditions then check out this vid sent in by alert reader Marion Schmitz of her friends Tanja Schmitt and Matthias Scherer on La Ginat (IV, 5) last Friday. The 1000m ice route looks to be in fine condition.
The first ascent of La Ginat was made on 24 July 1978 by Jean Ginat, Gilles Modica, Jean-Pierre Simond and Jean-Marc Troussier. Sadly, Jean Ginat died on the descent so take every precaution to make sure the same doesn’t happen to you.