Aiguille du Midi- Frendo Spur

Posted: May 3, 2013 in extreme, Ski
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Frendo Spur Ski Line (rappels through the rock band)

Frendo Spur Ski Line (rappels through the rock band)

The forecast looked good for wednesday morning and being a bank holiday i decided to head up the midi for a ski. The window wouldn’t be big enough to go far, so that narrowed the options down to the north face. I have skied all of the classics a few times and fancied something a bit different so after some inspection the previous evening through my binoculars i easily convinced Tom Grant the Frendo was the line to go for.

While we were waiting around for a weather window to ski it became evident that another team of Andreas Fransson, Bjarne Salen and JP Auclair were headed for the same line. I had a quick chat with Andreas and we both thought skiing on top of another team wouldn’t be safe so he kindly invited us to all ski together, a very nice thing to do as they were filming that day.

We didn’t have the best weather for the descent but this added to the adventure and it was an all round great day out in good company. A massive thanks to Andreas for leading all the raps and setting up some bomber anchors. The weather was making it hard for photos but the few i got where the lens isn’t covered in moisture are below (I’m sure Bjarne got some good footage though.)  The line in the photo is now equipped for 60m rappels and conditions are looking good for next week so get on it!

Getting ready to drop in.

Getting ready to drop in. © Ben Briggs

Andreas at the top

Andreas at the top. © Ben Briggs

JP

JP © Ben Briggs

Andreas at the end of the spine. © Ben Briggs

Andreas at the end of the spine. © Ben Briggs

Through a hole in the mountain. © Ben Briggs

Through a hole in the mountain. © Ben Briggs

Bjarne Filming in tricky conditions. © Ben Briggs

Bjarne Filming in tricky conditions. © Ben Briggs

The boys skiing after the raps. © Ben Briggs

The boys skiing after the raps. © Ben Briggs

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  4. […] I didn’t have any film commitment last week so I took a chance and did something I had been waiting to do since last december; pack the car, go to Cham and catch up with the characters over there. The weather wasn’t looking too good but everyone I spoke to told me to make my way and “see what happens”. I also had new planks from Armada to try out so I figured, even if it was stormy, I could still go for a couple turns. Turns out I had an amazing three days! Fresh track on the north face of the Aiguille and hot lapping Les Grands Montets. A huge thanks to Andreas, Bjarne, Tof, Tom & Ben for letting me tag along, for setting up bomber anchors and opening routes! Read Andreas Fransson’s account here: andreasfransson.se/2013/05/ski-moments-of-ungraspable-perfection-two-days-on-the-north-face-of-aiguille-du-midi/ Read Ben Briggs’ account here: ben-briggs.com/2013/05/03/aiguille-du-midi-frendo-spur/ […]

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