Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Limo Nero ... some photographs

We set off up the valley in the sunshine. There'd been fresh snow, so it was slow going.
On the way we passed by many old, some abandoned, farmhouses made from the local stone: a fabulous location.
And ahead of us was Limo Nero - a long, darkly coloured icefall.
Up close, the fall was silver, rather than blue. Apparently it is a mineral in these mountains that gives the ice this colour, but which one we don't know.
Mark lead the way. Recent snow and then a freeze meant the fall had some crusty patches, for all its interesting colour.
After two very long pitches, it started to snow and the wind picked up. We were not far from the top but decided to head down - naturally, once this decision was made, the weather improved!

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