Thursday, February 20, 2020

Yannick Boissenot and Julien "Pica" Herry first descent of the Beuf-Sara...

Aiguille du Peigne, Couloir Beuf-Sarah, first ski and snowboard descent
Yannick Boissenot and Julien "Pica" Herry

Last Sunday, despite a pessimistic weather foerecast, Julien(Pica)Herry
took the first lift of the Midi with Yannick Boissenot.
After an hour of touring, the mixt climbing on the rock brought some
spice to their morning. After leading and fighting for 20m Pica was
happy to find a bolted belay and have a rest, climbing with the board on
the backpack was as hard as expected. Then Yannick took the lead for
another 30m, climbing was never too hard but finding good protections
was delicate.
A short traverse to the left finally brought them in the couloir that
they could easily climb the first 100meters. their hope for a hidden
snow ramp to exit the couloir vanished quickly so they climb a short
steeper icy step in the couloir instead. Snow quickly got soft under the
sun on the exit ramps and they managed to ridge a small pass around
3000 meters...
On the way down snow was variable but mostly soft and they made a first
15m rappel to link the top ramps and the main couloir. Then the skiing
became a bit more technical until the last 40m steep rappel.

Couloir Beuf Sara 350m 5.2 E2 40/50° M5? for the
climbing (4+/5 in summer)

Yannick Boissenot- ski
Julien «Pica »Herry- Snowboard

Drone: Hansli Sage

Edit: Yannick Boissenot

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