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Dawn raid on Mont Rogneux

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3rd attempt on Mont Rogneux, https://g.co/kgs/RwnjQM one of the classic ski tours in the area. This time via the Cabane Brunet route, rather than from Bruson. You drive up past Le Châble to a small parking at 1300m just above the village of Lourtier, from where the Route goes via Cabane Marcel Brunet at 2100 and up to the summit at 3084m. With sunny weather and rising temps we wanted to be skiing by 11:00, so an early start was in order!

05:30 start, head torches on




Hmmm track is hard and icy. Lucky we brought crampons


But of course, on the Xenics so something had to go wrong Confused


Struggling through the forest at the back


Wonderful to be out in the dawn solitude






My crampons work says the split boarder


Ice, ice, baby


Knackered


Much easier on the road approaching Cabane Brunet


After a coffee (with 4 sugars) at the hut we headed up for the summit just ahead of the crowds


Our 5 man Covid compliant crew


Enjoying the north facing snow


Glorious views of the Combins


Sunday service at the summit


Nice work boys







http://youtube.com/v/CRUuw9qzWac

Split boy makes it


Let’s ski


Looks good


Confirmed

http://youtube.com/v/A7mC60WUYVE

Solitude


Yes please


Love a shady couloir 10 days after the last snow


Where next


This looks good on a snowboard!

http://youtube.com/v/wnQI3_GbLUY

Corn at the bottom


Top crew, top day!
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very very nice. good work!
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BobinCH wrote:


But of course, on the Xenics so something had to go wrong Confused




Don't think you can blame the Xenic's for that !!

Whoever fitted them forgot to install the plates that attach the crampons, you should have spotted that Laughing

Nice day though
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Weathercam wrote:
BobinCH wrote:


But of course, on the Xenics so something had to go wrong Confused




Don't think you can blame the Xenic's for that !!

Whoever fitted them forgot to install the plates that attach the crampons, you should have spotted that Laughing

Nice day though


Crampons are for OAP’s NehNeh
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BobinCH wrote:
....Crampons are for OAP’s NehNeh


So why did you take them then Laughing

I think it's more to do with those stupid bits of plastic you put under the bindings to help you ski properly NehNeh
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BobinCH wrote:
Crampons are for OAP’s NehNeh


Hey I resemble that remark. Blush (used to avoid using them like the plague until I pushed my luck and slid 100m+ on steep ice)

Great pics and videos. Humble pie often has a crust on it. Toofy Grin
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@DB, I still don't carry them unless on a hut to hut or the route we're taking I know to be stupidly icy, relying on my "superior technique" etc but I'm sure @KenX will be along to tell the story from last season when I ended up nigh on in the pooh rolling eyes

Or if you do carry them, literally and don't put them on right at the start, you still end up in the pooh as by the time you decide maybe it's wise to use them, it's invariably too late Laughing

Anyway major thread drift from a good day's outing
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Nice write up!

90% of the time you can get away without ski crampons. The problem is that the other 10% of time they are essential!
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DB wrote:
BobinCH wrote:
Crampons are for OAP’s NehNeh


Hey I resemble that remark. Blush (used to avoid using them like the plague until I pushed my luck and slid 100m+ on steep ice)

Great pics and videos. Humble pie often has a crust on it. Toofy Grin


Only joking. I wasted a 5h1t ton of energy sliding around without them and the last pitch to the top was steep, rock hard and exposed. Inching along trying to engage the edges I was cursing not having checked equipment up front. Schoolboy error...
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Weathercam wrote:
Or if you do carry them, literally and don't put them on right at the start, you still end up in the pooh as by the time you decide maybe it's wise to use them, it's invariably too late Laughing


To cut the story and thread drift short.
Ski touring mate put his harscheisen on and I said "it should be OK without" it got tricky and then was too late/steep.
It was foggy so few saw my slid. Touring mate couldn't work out why I was well ahead of him on the way up only to finish behind him.
Reverse logic here in east Austria, I take them unless I know it is going to soft and fluffy.

Also lost a ski above 4000m in the monte rosa trying to cut an edge in the ice/hard snow with my wide touring skis, the wide the ski the earlier I Need crampons. I'd taken the crampons with me to Switzerland but the guide said I wouldn't need them - all credit to him though, he skied down approx 200m and recovered the ski.

@Bobinch - how did it go for time?


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DB wrote:

@Bobinch - how did it go for time?


Pretty good




I paused the Strava on the breaks on the way up and took a screenshot at the top - 3:53 to the summit
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450+ m/h (approx. 365 inc. stops) on the way up is a great pace, esp. at that altitude and if you are sometimes doing the moonwalk without crampons on the way up.
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DB wrote:
450+ m/h (approx. 365 inc. stops) on the way up is a great pace.


We stopped for about 30mins at the hut and I waited about 45 mins for my split board mate at the summit. Reckon I could do it in 3hrs 30mins with crampons / not icy track. Good training for the Haute Route. Searching out some new routes to make the most of this warm weather. This one looks interesting!
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@BobinCH, very nice!

Did you have to ski back down that icey path of death or was there a way down through the trees?
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@DB, also good prep for if I get to do a tour with @Weathercam this season. Should have enough gas in the tank to burn him off if his chat gets too boring Very Happy
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BobinCH wrote:
We stopped for about 30mins at the hut and I waited about 45 mins for my split board mate at the summit. Reckon I could do it in 3hrs 30mins with crampons / not icy track. Good training for the Haute Route. Searching out some new routes to make the most of this warm weather.


Is the haute route still a possibility for you this year?

BobinCH wrote:
This one looks interesting!


Looks awesome, that guy was really moving fast .

BobinCH wrote:
@DB, also good prep for if I get to do a tour with @Weathercam this season. Should have enough gas in the tank to burn him off if his chat gets too boring Very Happy


That could be his shortest TR yet. Toofy Grin wink
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Great TR Bob, thanks for sharing
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Very jealous of your splitboarding mate’s setup. Great report - thanks Happy
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Arno wrote:
@BobinCH, very nice!

Did you have to ski back down that icey path of death or was there a way down through the trees?


Below the cabane we skied mainly down the road so easy. In good snow you can ski powder fields most of the way down but under 1800m the snow suffered from the rain a couple of week back
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DB wrote:
BobinCH wrote:
We stopped for about 30mins at the hut and I waited about 45 mins for my split board mate at the summit. Reckon I could do it in 3hrs 30mins with crampons / not icy track. Good training for the Haute Route. Searching out some new routes to make the most of this warm weather.


Is the haute route still a possibility for you this year?



Oh yes Haute Route is on. The cabane Brunet was full of overnight guests without a face mask in sight Skullie

Talk of restrictions being eased in CH so we should be good by end April unless there is a major uptick in cases in the interim
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