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Farraon (II, 4+, 5c 400m) Argentiere Basin

Farraon, Argentiere Basin, Chamonix Mixed Climbing

Farraon takes the big central snow couloir leading in to mixed ground between the Claire Chazal and the Frendo Ravanel

The opening snow couloir of Farraon, Argentiere Basin

The line is based on the obvious central icy groove. Chamonix Mixed Climbing

The start of the icy groove on Farraon

Argentiere Basin, Chamonix Mixed Climbing

The fine airy leftward traverse on the 2nd main pitch of Farraon

Farraon, Argentiere Basin, Chamonix Mixed Climbing

The icy groove that is the key to avoiding the overhanging chimney on the 2nd main pitch of Farraon

Argentiere Basin, Chamonix Mixed Climbing

Starting up the 'loose' chimney that links into the crux mixed section

Farraon, Argentiere Basin, Chamonix Mixed Climbing

The weather starts to close in on the penultimate pitch of Farraon

Argentiere Basin, Chamonix Mixed Climbing

Rob enjoying the Argentiere Basin atmosphere high on Farraon

Photo Thanks to: Oli Sherman

One of nearly a dozen rappels back to the skis and a torch lit ski descent of the Argentiere Glacier

Farraon, Argentiere Basin, Chamonix Mixed Climbing. Photo: Oli Sherman