Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Italian Alps

I have recently returned from an excellent, challenging holiday to the Italian Alps. Despite the largest snow-storm in 10 years, which disrupted travel and plans to begin with, we enjoyed some excellent snowshoeing, ice-climbing and ski-touring. Based near historic Aosta, we were able to visit many of the local areas, including the classic ice-climbing venue of Cogne, the lesser known icefalls of Valsaravenche and Valtournenche, as well as enjoying lovely snow at Pila and on the local classic snowshoe/ski Pointe de la Pierre. I have been visiting the Aosta Valley for over a decade know, and enjoy finding new places to explore. As a fully-qualified UIMLA International Mountain Leader (IML) I am well-placed to help you enjoy this and other areas of the Alps safely, whether trekking in summer, or snowshoeing in winter.

Climbing Pointe de la Pierre.....Mont Blanc in the background

Alpine avalanches can have a huge scale, this one almost reached the road!

Cascade de Lillaz, Cogne WI3

...and again

A beautiful afternoon on the snowshoes

When in Rome...........

The Church in Cogne, a beautiful high Alpine village

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