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Cogne Ice Climbing

I've just returned from a week's ice climbing in Cogne, Italy. Cogne is a little town up a valley leading off from the Aosta valley. From Cogne there are two valleys Valnontey and Valeille leading off into the Grand Paradiso. These two valleys give accessible and generally reliable cascade water ice climbing. Even though conditions are generally reliable, I think we struck lucky, many people were saying the ice was fatter for the week we were there than it had been for 25 years! 

This was my first ever European cascade ice climbing trip. I have pottered about climbing the odd pitch or two of water ice in Scotland, Wales and the odd couloir in Cham. But apart from leading the 'easy' pitch of the Devils Appendix I haven’t really done much water ice cascade climbing. Being more of a rock climber I seem to find myself preferring mixed to pure ice climbing. However this trip has proved that climbing ice in the right conditions in a beautiful location can be very enjoyable.…