Thursday, 7 August 2014

L'aigle, l'hysope and the short straw!

Ron and I were climbing yesterday at Col de la Colombiere on some lovely limestone for a change. Our route was Courte Paille which seems to translate as short straw though we didn't feel like we got the short straw! The climb had a mix of grades, never too hard, with the last pitch giving the best climbing on a steep little wall.
Adding to the ambiance, at the start of the day we saw a huge eagle floating just a few metres above our heads, my photos do not do it justice!
We also noticed folk out picking what looked like little yellow flowers  and we found out these were called hysope and used in many ways including flavouring liqueurs. The locals hold a "soiree hysope" to celebrate these pungent, lemony flowers.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Les Cheserys Friday 1st August

Another day of sunshine so back up to Les Cheserys to climb a relatively new route called Belle et Sebastian. Interesting climbing and the second last pitch was definitely a bit tricky.

Eperon des Cosmiques thursday 31st July

A day of good weather in between the rain showers so Ron and I chose to go rock climbing on the Eperon des Cosmiques. Great rock, lovely weather and a fun day out above the Vallee Blanche.