Cascade Claphouse (Droite) WI III/4

After a lengthy approach on ski and an involved walk across a jumble of boulders and undergrowth we made it the icefalls of Claphouse. Situated in a quiet and shaded valley above Ailefroide we hoped that, despite the mild conditions, they might have formed. Thank-god they were climbable, little else low down is currently, albeit with water cascading down in places. The shallow snowpack is making the approaches considerably more problematic than they should be.

Icefalls above Ailefroide

Claphouse de gauche et droite

Ice climbing above Ailefroide

In the shaded valley it was officially freezing!

Ice climbing above Ailefroide

Dan starts up the easier ground

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About Richard Talbot

An accomplished fell-runner as well as being a keen climber and mountaineer. Since 2005 he has worked for the UK based manufacturer Mountain Equipment and is currently Director of Product. He has worked in the outdoor industry for over 15 years.
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