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Aiguille du Midi: Frendo Spur – 3800 m; 800 m 50°; North; TD+; 5.4/ E4

Jones rider Luca Pandolfi is finishing off his winter in epic fashion.

The Chamonix shredder has been ticking off heavy mental lines like they were laps in the terrain park. Last week of May he laid tracks on two of the most classic lines in the Cham valley – the Mallory route and the Frendo spur on the North Face of the Aiguille du Midi.

Keep reading for a tease of his trip reports from the Aiguille then jump to Luca’s blog for the whole story – www.lucapandolfi.com

“Riding the Frendo Spur has been a dream of mine for quite some time. This year, two parties have already skied it but only the second party found good conditions. Some people aim to be the first to ride a line, whilst personally, my aim is to ride a line in good conditions where I can have fun and make dynamic turns…this requires a lot of patience and waiting. Finally we got what we were looking for, perfect conditions for freeriding the Frendo Spur! It does not happen very often.” – Luca Pandolfi

Warm-up turns above a 600 meter cliff dropping into the Frendo.

Could you make those turns knowing you were above this cliff?

Shredding the magical Frendo spine line.

Another view of the spine section of the Frendo line.

The Frendo line required five raps.

Aiguille du Midi: Mallory route – 3800 m; 800 m 50°- 55°; North; TD+; 5.4/ E4

“Spring has still not yet arrived here in the Alps, it just keeps dumping. I have never seen the mountains plastered with so much snow and it has been a while since we have had any sun in Chamonix except for few rare windows.
Last Sunday the forecast looked like it was going to give some compassion to the snow junkie community, so I headed to the Aiguille du Midi station . We rode the Mallory in rare amazing snow conditions. The clouds were moving fast, so we rode fast…no time to take any pictures.”
– Luca Pandolfi

Read all about Luca’s adventures at www.lucapandolfi.com

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