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Gran Paradiso

~ Saturday 23rd June 2012

 Back down to the Gran Paradiso at the end of the week, forecast snow and high winds scuppering another Mont Blanc attempt. We stayed at the Chabod hut, and enjoyed excellent conditions on the normal route. 

Early morning on the glacier

Choughs like cheese

Mont Blanc Acclimatising

~ Wednesday 20th June 2012

 This excellent trip through the moutains from Champex to Le Tour is a good way to acclimatise for Mont Blanc. First night at the lovely Orny hut with some afternoon rock climbing behind the hut. Second night at the Trient hut with some valuable crampon practice on the way there. There are lots of options for day 3 - we climbed the Tete Blanche and Petite Fourche before descending to le Tour. 

 

Gran Paradiso

~ Friday 15th June 2012

 This was our acclimatising plan for an attempt on Mont Blanc. Dubious weather on the walk up to the Vittorio Emanuele hut turned into heavy snow and rain overnight, but luckily it cleared and we reached the summit with blue skies. All set for Mont Blanc...

Foxy Italian

Early morning wind

Summit ridge

Icy Madonna

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