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Valais Alpine Conditions

~ Tuesday 21st June 2016

Summer solstice today, the longest day of the year. Conditions in the Valais are anything but summery though - plenty of snow left over from the spring and some big recent storms have left very unseasonal conditions above 2500m. We climbed the Pointe de Mourti yesterday. This is usually a rocky scramble with a couple of steeper rock steps, but yesterday was more of a mini-Alaska - no rock, no track, but great fun and a satisfying summit!

It's not all bad news though. The forecast is good and in a few days there should, fingers crossed, be some very good conditions as the snow packs down. It might be a while before the higher rock ridges dry out, but glaciers should be well covered and maybe the snow routes will be in unusually good conditions this year.

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