lundi 12 novembre 2018

Tuc de la Serbe, sommet de Peyre Blanc from Col de la Core

A little tour from Col de la Core with Sheri.Unsure of conditions we were carrying crampons, an ice axe and snowshoes, none of which we ended up using. The snow was firm in the morning but by afternoon we were post-holing up to our knees sometimes. 



The Etang dèEychelle was still mostly frozen despite the balmy weather and south winds. Scars from people throwing stones in probably, had frozen over to make some strange patterns. We had lunch at the cabin before climbing westwards to make the ridge close to point 2256m.



From there we followed the ridge northwards over the succession of easy tops ending with Tuc de la Seube, finally descending to Col Auèdole and then following GR10 to regain our path of ascent from Col de la Core. Only about 1100m of ascent but a surprisingly tiring day!




Tuc de la Messe (left) and the ridge of peaks between Col de la Crouzette and Tuc de Seube (right)

The autumn colours in the valleys

Looking West

jeudi 1 novembre 2018

Cour Vic

After the recent snows a trip was hurriedly put together to go play. Sheri plus our neighbours, Sandrine, Sophie and Nanou joined us for a stomp from the Col de Pause up to the Cabane d'Areou and across to Cour Vic for lunch opposite Mont Valier. A fun descent of the couloir below allowed us to use the snowshoes we'd been carrying all day.

First snows





At the cabane d'Areou

Etang d'Areou looking very green

Reflection

Reflection with bird

Sheri, Susie and Sandrine below Cour Vic

Nanou and I

Sheri

The hills are alive with the sound of music

Cave under the nevés on the Cuns d'Aula

More nevés

Telephoto shot of solitary isard

Cloud magic from the summit looking back towards home

Getting ready for the snowshoe descent

Descending the couloir...a great ski when there's more snow