When I tried a splitboard for the first time, I’d never actually thought about just how far I could go with my progress in snowboarding, and with the mountain itself. Now I know, the effort involved in the climb, the reward on reaching the top, the much talked about descent and the companionship are the answer.
Traversée des Trois Monts.
On Monday 28th of May the day started off with clear skies and rays of light appearing over Dru, Aiguilles de Chamonix and Dôme de Goûter but it was still a little cold after the storm the night before. Just like every other day we took the car and headed out to buy bread in the small bakery in the sleepy village of La Frasse. This was one of those special moments when you realise how lucky you are to be here in the Mecca. After breakfast it was time to prepare the backpack cautiously. I’m not trying to mythologise Mont Blanc but I can’t under-estimate it either, I need to have everything prepared. We head towards Chamonix before leaving the car in the parking lot of the bowling alley, where we finalise all the details before mingling with the tourists who share the cable car with us. We took a few photos of the route before making our way towards the ice tunnel leading to the ridge of Aiguille du Midi. Already on the small plateau we get ready for the short descent that will lead us to Col du Midi. While Pau, Borja and Aleix make their way towards the Refuge des Cosmiques (3613m.), Marcos and myself head to Arête des Cosmiques to have a look at the entrance point to the Glacier Rond and the Couloir des Cosmiques, both of which are incredible. Once we arrive to the refuge we separate everything and go up to our room to try and get a bit of sleep. Dinner is served at 6:30 and the dining room is already jam packed. Cream soup, vegetable curry and rice and chocolate cake are on the menu and after dinner we drag on the chat a bit longer with a nice cup of tea before heading up to bed. We decide to have breakfast at 1am but we need to rest for a bit beforehand and drink as much water as we can, but at 5 euros a bottle it’s not so easy. Now in bed, I’m trying to sleep, but after my nap earlier and being a bit anxious to get going it’s not so easy. It’s only 8:30pm so I grab my iPod and put on some nice folk music and try to relax as much as possible. I wake up just after midnight and the feeling of dryness is incredible and knowing it’s going to be impossible to sleep more I decide to get up and at it. Between one thing and another it’s now 1 in the morning and time to get moving. Breakfast consists of carbohydrates and a strong dose of coffee. It’s 2am when we leave the refuge behind us and head off into the darkness. I’ve never seen so many stars in my life before and the weather forecast looks good.