THE MARMALADE DAY
Michelle Ward, Peter Bellarby and myself
wanted to do the Marmalda by the VF on its west ridge ( grade 4
-don't believe the guide book). We spoke to guide 1 ( 5 o'clock
shadow) - the cable is buried come back in August. Guide 2 (
designer stubble ) normal route no problem, west ridge - not
possible - no one has done it this season- you will need
additional ropes- we could ring the hut and ask about snow
conditions- blah blah . Guide 3 ( full set of ginger wiskers)
-lets go. So choose your guide by the amount of facial hair.
We were collected from our hotel at 0720
and driven to the 'chariot chair lift' for the first lift of the
We walked ( mostly down hill ?) for about
an hour and a half mostly across a snow covered glacier until we
gained a break in the ridge where the VF started, Michelle and
peter did some skipping to warm up. We were ready for it but no
Alpine butterflies were tied on this expedition. 850m of ascent
400m protected by Via ferrata ( where it surfaced above the
Michelle hoping the gin shop would still be
open when we got back.
On the VF halfway up the ridge.
One of the bits where the cable was buried.
At the top
Coming down via the normal route, passing
several parties going up , worryingly this first pairs rope had
two extra butterflies tied in the rope and no one attached !
Missing somebody ?
Michelle showing that falling into
crevasses can be fun.
6 hrs for the climb - two days to get the
smile off his face !