Thursday, 19 January 2012

The last two days in Cogne ...

Mark on the mega 55m WI5 penultimate pitch of Erfaulet - it's a lot steeper than it looks! And distressingly hollow in parts.

... and here on the final pitch: great cauliflower formations, that we didn't quite catch on camera.

And the next day, we headed up Stella Artice - the Artic Star - another WI5, but this one felt a wee bit harder. Can't quite see the freestanding cigar from here, though ...

Here it is! This shot, taken from the belay at the back of the cave by Jen, shows the start of the super steep and airy second pitch up the pillar. Yep, that's Mark about to climb.
Rappeling back down we had the leisure to photograph the drips: at least the pillar is getting fatter?

And lastly, again on rappel and looking straight up into it. A very impressive pitch.

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