Lord knows we all need something to look forward to in these dark January days. And some of you might remember that, technically, we are supposed to be a mountaineering club. Even though we haven’t done any mountaineering (at least, as a club) since 2019…
And so I propose that we put that right this year!
There are many places we could go, of course. But given its relative ease of access, relative friendliness across a range of grades, as well as in terms of hut access and minimal glacier-related-logistics, on-campsite access to cracking single and multi-pitch sport climbing (and, dare I say it, even bouldering), plus proximity to Briançon and all that area has to offer, as well as the wider Écrins massif, I suggest that we relive the glory days of 2018 and go back to Ailefroide!
Dates-wise, I guess around the final two weeks of July would be best (i.e. before the French all go on their mass migration August holiday), as well as in keeping with tradition.