Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Mont Charvatton, Valle d'Aosta

Erca on the lead!

If you drive through the Mont Blanc tunnel and stay on the auto route for about an hour and turn off at Verres, then head up into the picturesque Valle de Champrozer you will find delightfull Italian hamlets, farmers with their tiny four wheel drive Ferrari tractors and some ace rock climbing. Erica and I had an ace day yesterday climbing a 12 pitch sport route called "40 Anni di Emozion", its graded 6c and justifes the grade.... The rock and climbing is truly ace although we found the guide book discription and quality of bolts not so great... The descent is via absiel down a line called "Tommy".If you can take a photo like this as you are about half way absieing down after competing your climb it means you have been caught in the dark!!! Ha ha, this of course adds to the adventure and like all good mountaineers our only head torch was in my rucksac at the bottom and start of our route!!!! Never the less, this justified a vist to a local Pizza place where the wine and sea food pizza tasted amazing! To add further insult and complications to an outstanding day there were road works in the Mont Blanc tunnel so we did not get back to Chamonix until the wee early hours.... an ace and perfect exciting day!

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