Day 1 & 2 ski touring around Matterhorn and Monte Rosa

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Period: 08-11 May 2017

Participants: Gareth Hughes, Jack Doyle, Daniel Catalin.

Day 1: Zermatt – Kl. Matterhorn – Breithorn (4164 m) – Guide D’Ayas Hut

Day 2: Guide D’Ayas Hut – Mezzalama Hut – Passo del Naso (4100 m)- Gnifetti Hut

Day 3: Gnifetti Hut – Zumstein Sp (4563 m) – Margherita (4554 m) – Monte Rosa Hut

Day 4: Monte Rosa Hut – Stockhornpass (3387 m) – Findelgletscher – Zermatt

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Day 1: Zermatt – Kl. Matterhorn – Breithorn (4164 m) – Guide D’Ayas Hut

Gareth came with the idea and the plan of a ski touring trip (4 or 5 days) around Matterhorn and Monte Rosa carrying our own food and sleeping in huts. It was the chance to go into a new area and summit some 4000 m peaks, so I was keen.

First day we were 4 lads, as Rob Powell was part of the initial plan. Unfortunately his ski binding broke, so he had to return back home after skinning with us up to Breithorn.

Started the trip with rain in Zermatt, but as we got up high the weather turned from thick clouds into blue sky.

Summiting Breithorn (4164 m) was fun, the sharp ridge together with the fog and the wind made the atmosphere for some interesting photos.

As you look on the map, you see that Breithorn is located at the border between Switzerland and Italy.

We skied down in the Italian side and got at the Guide D’Ayas Hut (3420 m) around 16:30. Very pleased to see how cozy the winter room of the hut is, as there was no guardian there in this period of time. Had to melt snow to make water to drink & cook. Jack showed us skills as a chef, cooking a delicious meal.

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Day 2: Guide D’Ayas Hut – Mezzalama Hut – Passo del Naso (4100 m)- Gnifetti Hut

This was a long day that required a complex navigation through glaciers with lots of crevasses and seracs. We have started at 8:00 with a tricky 400 m ski descend towards Mezzalama Hut (3036 m). When skiing down from D’Ayas Hut, make sure you go in the skiers far right and not directly down as there is a vertical drop!!

Skinning up towards the Col of Perrazispetz (3850 m) on Petit Glacier de Verax was possible only using our ski crampons.

From there, a short ski descend of almost 200 m and then a long skinning up towards Passo del Naso (4100 m).

Skiing down from Passo del Naso was not that easy in the actual conditions, as it was a little bit icy.

Castor (4223 m) didn’t look safe to climb (icy), so, next time!

Good weather and hot all day. Lots of peaks everywhere as well as crevasses and seracs made it feel like Himalayas.

At 17:30 we got at the Gnifetti Hut (3647 m), the guardian still there as it was a group of 5 clients with a guide skiing for few days in the area. We were aloud to sleep for free in the winter room (only 4 places!). Had to melt snow to make water to drink & cook. It’s a huge hut, 176 places!

Day 3 & 4: here

Alpine CV_Daniel Catalin Pobega

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Ice-climbing:

  • Feb 2013 – Mordor (WI5, 315 m), Supervisor (WI6, 270 m) – Bad Gastein. With: Silvia Murgescu
  • 26-27 Feb 2015 –Rübezahl (WI6, 215m) Blue Magic (WI5+,180m) – Kandersteg. With: Mihai Sima
  • March 2015 – Difronte al tradimento, Attaco Diretto (WI6, 240m) – Cogne/Italy. With: Alex Holt
  • 14-16 Feb 2016 – Tuborg (200m, TD-, 5), Repentance Super (150m, ED, 6), Lau Bij (TD-, 5) – Cogne/Italy. With: Ovidiu Mihail
  • 23 Dec 2016 – Monday Money, Cogne (D+, 4, 180m). With: Gareth Hughes
  • 07 Jan 2017 – Cold Couloir, Cogne (TD-, 4+, 650m). With: Tim Oliver
  • 19-21 Jan 2017 – La Grave: Phantasme (WI5, 200m), Orgasme (WI4+, 340m), Cagade (WI5). With: Tim Oliver
  • 26 Jan 2017 – Rive Droites, Argentiere. Mer de Reve (TD-, 4+, 180m). With: Gareth Hughes

Ski-alpinism:

  • 03 Jan 2013 – Col du Tour Noir/MtBlanc area (19.7km, +965m / -2970m). With: Silvia M, Noemi D, Christian
  • 04 Jan 2013 – Col du Chardonnet: Trois Cols (14.5km, +1000m / -2800m). With: Silvia Murgescu, Noemi Dobrai
  • 20-26 March 2014 – Haute Route: traverse Chamonix –Zermatt (104km, 6490m). With: Silvia Murgescu
  • 28 March 2014 – Traverse from Zermatt to Saas Fee in 1 day via Adlerpass (20km, +1900 m). With: Silvia Murgescu
  • 13 Jan 2015 – Crochues-Berard Traversee/Aig Rouges (E2, 3.1, S3, +500m). With: Alex Holt
  • 23 Jan 2015 – Col du Belvedère/Aig Rouges (E2, S5, D-, -1450m). With: Sam Simpson, Phoebe Nash
  • Apr 2015 – Col du Tacul, couloir N du Capucin (E3, S5, D+, -1700m). With: Gareth Hughes, Alex Holt, Alex Marchant
  • 21 Feb 2016 – Pointe Ronde, Combe de la Veudale, couloirs N 2700m (AD+,S4) – Les Alpes, France. With: Nico Wilhelm, Ovidiu Mihail
  • 07 March 2016 – Glacier Rond, Aig du Midi (TD-, S5, E3, 5.1, 750m). With: Gareth Hughes, Ryoko Amano
  • 07 March 2016 – Couloir des Cosmiques, Aig du Midi (D+, S5, E3, 5.1). With: Gareth Hughes, Ryoko Amano
  • 08 March 2016 – Couloir ENSA, Brevent (D-, S4, E2, 4.1). With: Gareth Hughes, Ryoko Amano
  • 13 March 2016 – Col de Beugeant , Aig Rouges (AD, S3, E3). With: Corina, Rudy, Dan Burcea
  • 14 March 2016 – Couloir Trappier, Aig du Gouter (D, S4, E3, 4.2). With: Corina, Rudy, Dan Burcea, Ionel Suciu.
  • 15 March 2016 – Couloir NE Tricot, Pointe Inf de Tricot (TD, S5, E2, 5.2). With: Gareth, James, Seb
  • 01 Apr 2016 – Couloir NE Pointe de la Terrasse, Aig Rouges (AD+, S4, E2, 3.3). With: Gareth Hughes
  • 10 Apr 2016 – Couloir Gervasutti, Tour Ronde (TD, S5, E2, 5.2). With: Gareth Hughes, Fergus
  • 20 Apr 2016 – Col de Cristaux Pente NE, Les Courtes (TD-, S5, E3, 5.1, 900m). With: Gareth Hughes
  • 28 Apr 2016 – Col du Plan N Face, Aig du Midi (TD, S5, E4, 5.3, -1485m). With: Gareth Hughes
  • 05 May 2016 – Couloir Macho Versant NE, Col du Diable (TD, S5, E3, 5.2). With: Gareth Hughes
  • 06 May 2016 – Aiguillettes du Tacul, Couloir SW (TD, S5, E3, 5.2). With: Gareth Hughes
  • 21 May 2016 – Couloir Spencer, Aig du Blaitiere (TD-, S5, E2, 5.2). With: Gareth Hughes, Ionel Suciu
  • 11 Feb 2017 – W Couloir Breche 3159, glacier d’Argentiere. With: Leanne Bridgeman, Aurylinn Hawkins.
  • 17 Feb 2017 – Couloir en Y_ski Aig d’Argentiere (4,2 E2 S4). Montee par Glacier du Millieu. With: Pete Houghton, Grant Fulton, Charlie Edwards, Leanne Bridgeman
  • 18 Feb 2017 – Traversee ski-touring: Col du Passon-Tete Blanche (3482m)-Col du Tur-Le Pissoir-Trient village. With: Alone

Mixed:

  • 05-08 July 2010 – Peuterey Integral (TD+, VI,5c, +4000m). With: Silvia Murgescu
  • 03-04 July 2011 – Checchinel-Nomine/Boivin-Vallencant, Grand Pilier d’Angle (TD+,V,4+,1500m). With: Silvia Murgescu
  • 28 March 2012 – Ginat, Les Droites (TD+, V, M4+, 1000m). With: Silvia Murgescu
  • 31 March 2012 – Le Fil à Plomb, Rognon du Plan (TD-,III,4+,M4,700m). With: Silvia Murgescu
  • 13 Nov 2013 – Rebuffat-Terray, Aig des Pelerins (ED-, IV,5, M4+, 550m). With: Silvia Murgescu
  • 02 Oct 2014 – Schmidt, Matterhorn N Face (TD, V, 4+, M5, 1280m). With: Sorin Nichiforiuc
  • 18 Oct 2014 – De but en blanc, Tacul (D+, 4, III, 350m). With: Ovidiu Mihail
  • 19 Oct 2014 – Delafosse-Perroux, Tour Ronde (TD-, 4+, M4, 200m). With: Ovidiu Mihail
  • 01 Jan 2015 – Rebuffat, Tour Ronde (D+, 4, 350m). With: Alex Gavan
  • 07 Jan 2015 – Modica Noury, Tacul (TD, 5+, M5, +500m). With: Nicolas Wilhelm
  • 09 Jan 2015 – Carrington-Rouse, Pellerings (ED-, 5, M4, 700m). With: Mihai Sima
  • 13 Feb 2015 – Gabarrou-Albinioni, Tacul (TD, 4+, M4, 500m). With: Gareth Hughes
  • 17 Feb 2015 – Pinocchio, Tacul (ED-, 6+, M6+, 450m). With: Morgan Baduel
  • 11 March 2015 – Supercouloir, Tacul (ED-,IV,5c,M6,800m ). With: Alex Holt
  • 14-15 Apr 2015 – Heckmair, Eiger N Face (ED, V-, A0, +1800m). With: Alex Holt
  • 22 Apr 2015 – Goulotte Profit-Perroux, Aig du Midi (TD-, 4, M5, 250m). With: Adrian Popescu
  • 31 May 2015 – Naïa, Aig Verte (TD,IV,4+,1300m). With: Nicolas Wilhelm
  • 24 Oct 2015 – Le Temps est Assasin, Triangle Tacul (ED, 4, M6, 250m). With: Gareth Hughes
  • 26 Oct 2015 – Macho Direct, Tacul (TD+,IV,5,M6,+800m). With: Gareth Hughes
  • 21 March 2016 – Pellissier, Pointes Lachenal (TD-, M5, 4, 290 m). With: Cosmin Andron, Ovidiu Mihail
  • 22 March 2016 – Ice is Nice, Breche W du Col du Requin (TD, 5, III, 550m). With: Cosmin Andron, Ovidiu Mihail
  • 11 Apr 2016 – Goulotte Vent du Dragon, Aig du Midi (TD-, M5, 4, 250m ). With: Mihai Sima
  • 08 July 2016 – Innominata ridge, Mt Blanc (D+, M2, IV, +3220m). With: Ovidiu Mihail
  • 16 July 2016 – Grand Paradiso Face N, voie Bertolone (D, III, +1300m). With: Dalit M
  • 29 July 2016 – Matterhorn Lion ridge (AD, III, 4c, +649m). With: Dia Somogyi
  • 13 Aug 2016 – Frendo Spur, Aig du Midi (D, III, 5c, 80°, +1530m). With: Ele
  • 02-03 Sept 2016 – Walker Spur, Grandes Jorasses (ED-, 6a, VI, 90°, 1200m). With: Cosmin Andron, Cristina Pogacean
  • 07 Oct 2016 – Goulotte Perroux, Triangle Tacul (TD-, 4+, M5, 350m). With: Gareth Hughes
  • 11 Oct 2016 – Contamine-Grisolle, Triangle Tacul (AD, II, 350m). With: Luci Veerle
  • 04 Dec 2016 – Goulotte Valeria, Petit Capucin (TD-, 4+, M3, 300m). With: Ovidiu Mihail
  • 17 Dec 2016 – Cecile et la Mesange, Aig du Peigne (TD, 4+, M5, 400m). With: Tim Oliver
  • 27 Feb 2017 – Scotch on the Rocks_Tacul (ED, M7,350m). With: Alex Lungan
  • 31 March 2017 – M6 Solar, Pointe Lachenal (TD, M5+, 200m). With: Mihnea Prundeanu
  • 07 Apr 2017 – Eugster Direct, Midi N Face (TD, 5, M4+, 1000m). With: Mihnea Prundeanu

Rock:

  • 11 July 2011 – Swiss direct, Grand Capucin (TD+, VII, 300m). With: Silvia Murgescu
  • Aug 2012 – Cassin, Piz Badile (TD, 6a, 800m). With: Silvia Murgescu
  • Aug 2012 – Another day in Paradise, Piz Badile (TD, 6b, 600m). With: Silvia Murgescu
  • Jul 2013 – Paklenica, Aniča kuk, Croatia: Ljubljanski (6a+, 220m), Nidia (6b+, 160m), Nostalgija (6b, 350m), Funkcija (6c+, 300m), Velebitaski (6a+, 350m), The show must go on (6c, 280m). With: Silvia Murgescu
  • Aug 2014 – Monts Rouges de Triolet/Italy. Reglette da ballo (TD, 6a, 360m), Aspettando Astrubale (TD, 6b, 280m), Profumo Proibito (TD-, 6a, 270m), Tout Fou (ED, 6c, 260m), Cristallina (TD, 6a, 260m). With: Victor Dinu
  • 18 May 2015 – La Contamine, Aig du Midi (ED-, 6c, 200m). With: Gareth Hughes
  • Sep 2015 – Poem a Lou, Brevent (TD, 6a, 220m). With: Gareth Hughes
  • 12 Apr 2016 – Meduse, Barberine. (ED-, 7a, 250m). With: Mihai Sima
  • 21 Apr 2016 – Vipere au Pied, Barberine (TD+, 6b+, 250m). With: Mihai Sima, Iuliana Enache
  • 29 Apr 2016 – Voie Piola, Barberine (TD, 6b, 300m). With: Adrian Popescu
  • 26 May 2016 – Balade au Bout de Combes, Barberine (TD+, 6c, 250m). With: Gareth Hughes
  • 23 June 2016 – La Dame du Lac, Aig du Midi S Face (ED-, 6b, 200m). With: Gareth Hughes
  • 24 June 2016 – Rebuffat, Eperon Cosmique (D+, 6a, 200m). With: Gareth Hughes
  • 1st July 2016 – Catyoucha man, Brevent (TD-, 6a, 200m). With: Marie Landot
  • 19 Aug 2016 – La Piste Oublie, Brevent (TD, 6b,200m). With: Cosmin Andron
  • 03 Oct 2016 – Le Fantome de l’Opera, Barberine (TD, 6a+, 350m). With: Tim Oliver
  • 08 Oct 2016 – Indiana Jaune, Maladiere (TD+, 6b+, 270m). With: Tim Oliver
  • 09 Oct 2016 – La Costa, Vuardes (TD, 6a+, 250m). With: Tim Oliver
  • 12 Oct 2016 – Squatteurs de Lune, Ponte Voilloz, Perrons (TD+, 6b,370m). With: Tim Oliver

Ski touring Sinaia-Moeciu, 28-29 Jan 2012

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This was a weekend among the friends, ski touring in Becegi Mountains from Sinaia to Moeciu:

A few more photos:

 

 

 

 

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Powder days for ski in Ischgl, January 2012

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A short vacation in Ischgl, Austria during 08-14 January 2012. We enjoyed some powder snow and ski a lot off-piste. Watch the film below just for a quick feel:

For photos and story, see here.