Swiss Avalanche Danger

cascade du dars

Call us crazy, but, in an attempt to grab “just one more ice climb” before the rock climbing season really kicks in (and making full use of cheap Easy-Jet flights to Geneva) we headed for Switzerland! The main objective was to climb a classic ice route of the area, Dar at the Col Du Pillion. Unfortunately for us, the avalanche danger was extreme – deep snow with a heavy rain over the past few days. We snow-shoed to the base and watched (from a safe distance) lots of slides from the cliffs surrounding the route. With a good freeze the route would still be great, but not this day!

Pavey Ark Rock in March

Capella (E1) is an awesome route in any conditions. It has everything – a great line, rough Langdale rock at its best, good protection, superb moves, and all in an absolutely amazing position high up on Pavey Ark in the Langdale valley. However, add all these ingredients of a classic route to a deserted crag in early March with brilliant sunshine, a snowy backdrop (complete with a frozen tarn), and you have all you need for a very memorable day par excellence!

Grizedale North Face Mountain Bike Trail

Its been open for five months and we’ve only just got round to a visit! Great fun, loads of single track, and MASSES of awesome views of the Old Man of Coniston and Dow Crag. Make a trail and fun is guaranteed…

PS. Check out the hole in the ar$e of my shorts – that’s what happens when you wipe out at high speed and take the hit on your bum!