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Wayne and Gill Watson.
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A Bit Of Adventure!!!

Going to bed last night I thought I’d return to the Fornet this morning as it was so good yesterday. But, I changed my mind at the Gourmandine and ended up with a fairly varied morning terrain-wise.

After a warm-up and nice turns off the Verte we skied the Lower Borsat and meadows en-route to the Motte. We skied my shoulder for only the second time this season and then kept going before ‘skinning’ out for 15 minutes. Our ‘skin’ accessed the Little Borsat West, which was excellent.

I’ve been wanting to check out the Tour du Charvet since the rain fell and decided today would be a good time. It turned out to be pretty good top-to-bottom, which was a result as I wasn’t 100% sure about the level of the rain-crust, and how it would ski.

Getting back to civilization was interesting. There was avalanche rubble to cross, which needed care and attention. And then the wooden bridge proved to be fairly exciting. (Andreas had already crossed it and had warned me that it was tricky.) Gerault (2nd morning with Alpine) had a little wobble and just about fell off. It could have been serious as it’s about a ten-foot drop onto rocks and into freezing water! While wobbling he managed to drop both his poles into the water and was stuck in the middle of the bridge without poles. I then went back to him and gave him my poles. Now I was facing the wrong way without poles and needed to turn myself around without falling off. It took some rather delicate maneuvering and I was releived to get turned around facing the right direction again. Anyway, what at first seemed like a fairly simple procedure turned into a bit of an adventure. Gerault said afterwards, “I’m never going to cross that bridge again!”

Meanwhile Andreas had a great morning with a ‘double-skin’, Jerome headed towards the Fornet, Thomas was heading towards the Motte, and I’m not too sure what Henry skied. Chris is still unwell but should be back in the next couple of days.

We’ve a change of weather brewing for tomorrow so we’ll savour today’s sunshine and skiing. Stay tuned!