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COL DE BEL OISEAU AND COL DE FENESTRAL

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By Dylan Taylor

February 06, 2014 17:08

Adam George, Mike Bromberg, and I drove up to Finhaut, Switzerland on a guide's day off. Our goal was to do about 2000m of touring. I was just getting over the flu, so I hardly took the camera out of the bag - especially on the uphill battles. Adam has been training for the Patroulle des Glaciers - the Zermatt-to-Verbier mother of all ski-rando races. There was no way I was going to try and keep up.

Without incedent, we arrived at the Col de Bel Oiseau at 2553 meters, and enjoyed a nice 600 meter powder descent back into the Bessons drainage. We then skied up and over the Col de Fenestral, which was ruined by a nasty sun-crust and a lot of ugly tracks. We descended a contrived and overly steep entrance couloir into the Comba Rossa drainage but this could have been easily avoided by just climbing to the tip-top summit of the Dent de Fenestral and descending the North East face. Once past the crusty, 45-50° entrance gulley, we enjoyed good powder pretty much all the way to Finhaut. Of course there was some pesky bushwhacking at the bottom, but it was all in good fun.

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Dylan Taylor is an AMGA certified, IFMGA licensed mountain guide, feild guide and photographer.

Phone: 00 33 6 78 32 13 84
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