Nice soft/sugary snow on the Mort descent variation

Location: Aiguilles Rouges
Snow: Mixed
Weather: Bluebird, warm

Very mixed snow today but a fun day anyway linking two Chamonix classics.

A quick ascent form Index to Col de la Floria brought us to some chalky/grabby snow in the main couloir, tracked but not tracked-out, followed by a mix of soft and wind/warmth-affected snow on the mellow slopes below.  From the bottom, we had initially planned to climb directly to Glacier du Mort but with sunny slopes warming up fast we changed plans to climb to the top of the Mort couloir from the north from midway along the Col de Berard traverse skintrack which turned out to be pretty straightforward with just a short tricky steep section at the end.

On the Mort descent, more semi-tracked mixed snow, mostly quite grabby again, before taking an untracked variation I know from past years which provided very nice soft/sugary snow and linked back into the Col de Berard descent where the medowy section was still holding nice soft snow.

A very good Berard Valley exit brought us out to the Buet Hotel in perfect time, ie. 40 minutes before the train arrived for beers on the deckchairs outside.

Graham: Grabby snow in the Col de la Floria north couloir but not too tracked

Graham: Nice soft/sugary snow on the Mort descent variation

Classic end to a tour in the Aiguilles Rouges

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