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Spring walking

~ Saturday 31st May 2008

A good overnight trip to the Aiguille Rouge hut. There's no guardian at the moment, but the winter room is really good. The hills are deserted, snow above 2800m, and fantastic views of the higher mountains. The recent unsettled weather has left of fresh snow above 3200m, so still good ski-touring conditions.

The Aiguille Rouge hut with a very snowy Pigne d'Arolla in the background

Chamonix sun and snow

~ Tuesday 13th May 2008

Just back from a week in Chamonix, where end of season conditions were great. There's good snow cover so the skiing is good, but it's warm enough to climb rock in the sun. 

We traversed the Aiguille d'Entreves, which is a quality rocky PD ridge. Approaching on skis from the Aiguille du Midi, we skied out down the Vallée Blanche

On the Aiguille d'Entreves

Another day climbing perfect rock on the Midi south face. Ideal climbing temperature, and we had the crag to ourselves for the Rébuffat route, about British HVS. This route is easily approached in 5 mins on foot from the lift, and finshes with a short abseil back in to the lift station. Bolt belays, but you need a small rack too.

The Rébuffat route, South face of the Midi 

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