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Patrouilles des Glaciers 2022

 Poster: A snowHead
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We’re doing the short one on Wednesday from Arolla to Verbier.

Hoping to beat our time from 2010 with less hair and bigger bellies snowHead
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I seem to recall we found you sat in the car park at the finishing area two beers down at 10am. Best of luck repeating the exercise.
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Hope you’ve gone for lighter kit this time!
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galpinos wrote:
Hope you’ve gone for lighter kit this time!


Oh yes! From over 4 Kg’s per foot to 1.8kg’s Very Happy
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BobinCH wrote:
galpinos wrote:
Hope you’ve gone for lighter kit this time!


Oh yes! From over 4 Kg’s per foot to 1.8kg’s Very Happy

But heavier beer?
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No, but a few of my friends are.
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Great stuff BobinCH! What does the shorter version entail Puzzled

Is that you on the photo? Or was this you leading (complete with all the lycra gear and PDG rucksack) and racing past us tortoises-on-skins on a training run in Austria in March? Laughing

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mountainaddict wrote:
Great stuff BobinCH! What does the shorter version entail Puzzled



Arolla to Verbier



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Doesn’t look great for the poor souls coming from Zermatt!
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Nice gig - to get your 3 week military service refresher supporting the PdG


Wednesday departures delayed by a day due to the fresh snow = avalanche risk

Anyone interested can follow teams or watch the live coverage on the PdG app
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Lots of nervous excitement despite the early start!

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Might have gone a bit too fast…

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Fortunately it flattened out revealing the first Col
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Great photo!
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Great photo!


Cheers. Just been looking at some of the pro pics Happy



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Back to the gear check. Army checking and tagging all the gear. Any funny business and you get a life ban!


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Opening ceremony in the church in Zermatt


Race commander
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Préparations a bit more chilled in our Evolene basecamp - the rather lovely Hotel de La Sage
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2:30 wake up call, lift down the road to Les Hauderes to pick up the 3:00 bus coming up from Sion
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Back to the race! After the first steepish ramp out of Arolla the track flattens on the approach to the first checkpoint at the Combe du Pas de Chèvres

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Well played
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Awesome
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Hit the first checkpoint after 750m of climbing in 1h07. We probably went off a bit fast but felt pretty good. At this point the track separates for the Arolla vs Zermatt patrols to reduce crowding at the Col

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Sun was now out and tactics get a bit more important. Always follow patrols with the same or higher race numbers to avoid getting stuck behind slower groups on the limited skin tracks
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Approaching the Col de Tsena Refien. Left hand side boot packs all seemed to be faster


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Fortunately there was decent snow cover at the top so enough space for a quick transition and down the other side. Tricky skiing conditions with 20cm of tracked powder / crust on an icy base with plenty of rocks poking out Skullie
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It was survival skiing on the matchsticks and there were plenty of people wiping out on the way down. Fortunately we avoided the worst of it and got down unscathed. Looking forward to the last descent to the Lac des Dix

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Alas thin snow cover further down meant there was only one skiable couloir down to the lake and there was a big queue…

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Lovely stuff Skullie
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I found a route round the side a bit steeper but less scalped


Got a few snaps waiting for the team


Lower section. Several people went down on their rear ends - best to stay out of the fall line where possible!
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Out the bottom we skated the first section of the lake to get round all the patrols putting skins on. Was a good call

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20 mins of flat skinning round the lake and we reached La Barma, more or less the half way point and the official feeding station. The sun was now out so ditched warm layers and mitts and on with the suntan cream
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Starting to feel it a bit on the long approach to Rosablanche

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As it got steeper the skin track had a few nasty icy sections, one of which left me in a heap! My buddies were in a strong rhythm so sent them ahead and took a couple of minutes to refuel and sort myself out for the top. Left hand bootpack looked the pick

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Caught up with them at the summit, went through the checkpoint together and then sent them off down the glacier as I did the transition

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A few of the pro pics from Rosablanche








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Things started going wrong from here Embarassed
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fascinating thread, hope that last comment isn't anything really bad!! Bonkers busy though, queuing to go down Shocked
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Fantastic trip report and an amazing thing to do. Looking forward to the next instalment…
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Things started going wrong from here Embarassed


You can't just leave the thread on that note Toofy Grin NehNeh
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