Grande Casse - Normal route climbed in September Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2008
On the 22th September 2008 I successfully climbed Grande Casse ( Normal Route).
I soloed the entire climb. Weather conditions where good but the night had not been cold enough to refreeze the snow.
The climb was on bare ice, fractured and instable.
I left the hut 3.30am, got at the right base of the glacier tongue using some fixed ropes. Once on the glacier I crossed on the left side to avoid a field of crevasses, headed to the col between the summit and the Pointe Matthews and from there climbed the summit ridge.
Difficulty was higher than expected (PD/AD?).
"Got tight last night on absinthe and did knife tricks. Great success shooting the knife into the piano. The woodworms are so bad and eat hell out of all furniture that you can always claim the woodworms did it."