Droites NW Face – April

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Gerry joined me in Cham during the middle two weeks of april and what a different story – blue skies nearly every day! We had a brilliant trip climbing Temps est Assassin and Laratoune again, the Burnier Volgler with Cosmiques arete to finish, and most of the Rouse Carrington (about 9 pitches) which helped to settle an old score for Gerry – his last attempt over a decade ago with Dick Turnbull ended at the Plan hut with a nasty dose of Stella poisoning. To finish, and to celebrate Gerrys 40th birthday, we climbed the Richard Cranium Memorial route on the Droites NW face. There was plenty of info available on this from the net, conditions were great and we had an awesome day climbing to within one loose nasty looking rope length from the ridge, followed by a 4 hr descent on abolokovs and spike anchors. Thanks to the Aosta guide Enrico and Dave and Chadders for the rap anchors, and thanks Gerry for a brilliant trip!

Rich