The Ice is Nice in Cogne
Just a quick blast to say I'm in the Cogne Valley ice climbing and taking a few snaps for a couple of brands. After an epic drive down yesterday through some pretty mild weather we eventually started to get a little frozen water around Chamonix. Through the tunnel to Italy, a Pizza stop in Courmayeur and a final 30 mins of hairpin corners and icy roads found us in Lillaz and our hotel. We all crashed and I had a pretty bad nights sleep due to my ongoing Flu. I woke up like I went to bed, feeling knackered, but hay! A late-ish start and we headed in to climb a warm up route for the trip, a 5 pitch, three star route called Cascata Di Lillaz 111 3. The sun was out, the sky was blue, the approach an easy 15mins and the climbing, like the climbing should be, beautiful, fabulous and most of all enjoyable. So enjoyable i totally forget how "shitty" I felt and savoured every moment.
Here's a grab shot of Lucy (Creamer) leading up the second pitch with the beautiful Cogne valley in the background. The forecast for tomorrow isn't looking so great but we"ll see and make the call where and when in the morning. Sleep well, I hope I will.