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So it appears that Joe Vallone has skied la Voute without the use of a rope.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bd7TSjbguJ-/?taken-by=joe_vallone
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wow, even though we have the same skis don't think ill be trying that line anytime soon Toofy Grin
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
For those unfamiliar, it is not a particularly difficult line to ski. What's notable is that he has managed to ski the 35 metre abseil. I genuinely have no idea how he has done this. It is astonishing.
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I guess with the current snow the rocks are covered, but even so..................The man has some cojoñes for sure!
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One of the nicest couloirs in the alps.
I would guess it is all banked out with snow and the rappel looks nothing like the 35m cliff you remember ?

Local legend is that Doug Coombs drilled the bolts still used as an anchor for La Voute.
Apparently he was one of the first to ski the entrance "sans-corde" (some ten years ago) along with a handful of other lesser known frenchie guides.
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gorilla wrote:
For those unfamiliar, it is not a particularly difficult line to ski. What's notable is that he has managed to ski the 35 metre abseil. I genuinely have no idea how he has done this. It is astonishing.


...it can still bite. The top section before the dog leg is an ‘inadvisable to stack it’ zone: if the snow’s firm you’ll slide until you hit the wall. A guide and his client sadly died there a few deaths a years ago. The rappel is very steep - even with all the snow it still must be 50+ deg. Fair play the real Charliebigpotatoes!
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I feel La Grave calling again... would have to be 3rd time lucky to get up to that damn top station and see what all the fuss is about!!!
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He's a really nice guy too. I was talking to him in a bar here at the end of last season. So passionate about the mountains.
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@Claude B, he had an amusing bout of banter with Nick Parks a few years ago. Went something like:

Nick: ‘Hey are those plum bindings?’

J: ‘Yeah. Are those dynafits?’

Nick: ‘Yeah...’

J: ‘THEY’RE poo-poo! Hahahahahahahahahaha!’

Nick: mumble mumble American *£&#@*

J: ‘I’m not American you jumped up *£&#*’

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Sharkymark wrote:
@Claude B, he had an amusing bout of banter with Nick Parks a few years ago. Went something like:

Nick: ‘Hey are those plum bindings?’

J: ‘Yeah. Are those dynafits?’

Nick: ‘Yeah...’

J: ‘THEY’RE poo-poo! Hahahahahahahahahaha!’

Nick: mumble mumble American *£&#@*

J: ‘I’m not American you jumped up *£&#*’

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Far be it for me to agree with 'Heli Rescue' Nick but Joe does still describe himself as an ex pat 'Mercain (at least he did last year in weathercam's puff piece). Mind you Joe may have got the measure of Heli early quite quickly...
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@betterinblack, what’s the story behind the ‘heli rescue’ nickname?
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My son is out to L2A tomorrow with a works ski trip ... group of them are looking at Friday or Saturday with a guide in La Grave.
Anyone know what are conditions like at the moment ?
Forecast looks pretty encouraging with fresh snow and cold temperatures.
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I spotted a report from KenX the other day; it looked good then; he was able to ski back to the bottom.
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Skied LG Sunday and Tuesday, it's in great shape and due some more snow tomorrow Very Happy
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Inboard wrote:
@betterinblack, what’s the story behind the ‘heli rescue’ nickname?


If i recall correctly at one of the SOPiB's he introduced himself as heli Nick, a (?tounge in cheek) nickname he'd achieved from having taken various well heeled punters heli skiing before the trip.
After he then led a group on an unseasonal hiking tour of the Hautes Alpes it was suggested they may have prefered a heli rescue.
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@betterinblack, ah, thanks.
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@KenX, thanks , I think it's looking like a goer Toofy Grin
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
The photo suggests to me that he didn't ski the rapel bit, but rather found an entrance from the top!!
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