Alpine Climbing & Skiing: Frost Guiding Blog

Good conditions in Arolla

~ Tuesday 29th July 2008

A busy few days around Arolla, with ascents of the Mont Blanc de Cheilon, Pigne d'Arolla, Pointe de Mourti and Dent Blanche. The weather has been mainly good, but with afternoon storms adding a bit of snow and ice.

Climbers on the summit ridge of Pointe de Mourti


Snowy verglassed rock on the Dent Blanche - climbing in crampons


Sunny rock on the Dent de Follieches, Arolla

Mont Blanc

~ Friday 18th July 2008

Another Mont Blanc success! Tuesday was cold and windy, but starting from the Tete Rousse hut at 1.30am we made the top at about 10 o'clock.  Good snow conditions meant a fast descent and we were back at the Gouter 2 hours later for lunch, 2 hours down to Tete Rousse, then down for the train and a slow tired drive back to a huge meal in Evolene.  

A windy summit ridge

Aspirant guide Hannah Burrows-Smith arriving at the summit


Weissmeis traverse

~ Friday 11th July 2008

A good end to the week, great conditions on this fantastic traverse. Firm snow, dry rock, and not too cold!

High on the rocky SSE ridge

Arolla mountaineering

~ Wednesday 9th July 2008

3 great days out of Arolla. We spent a night at the newly refurbished Vignettes hut, then traversed the Pigne d'Arolla over both summits. The south top is on a fine snowy ridge, well worth the effort.

On the top in very cold wind


         After a night at the Dix hut we climbed Mont Blanc de Cheilon which must be one of the best PD routes around. A great mix of snow and rock with a knife edge ridge to finish.

High on the summit ridge, the other Mont Blanc in the far distance

Dent du Géant

~ Thursday 3rd July 2008

The good weather continues!

This week started at the Torino hut with a traverse of the Aiguille d'Entreves.

The descent from the summit



A sleepless night thanks to some amazing Japanese snoring meant the next day was hard to start, but worth it to reach the Dent du Géant. Only 1 other pair on the route, and the clouds cleared as we summited.

High on the fixed rope above the Burgener slabs

The final ridge to the top

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