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~ Tuesday 9th June 2009

Yes, the "summer" season is here, although skis would have been useful yesterday! Bad weather over the weekend has left about 40cm of fresh snow at 3500m, and like the rest of the winter the wind has blown a lot of snow around so there are some big drifts. 

I was climbing in Chamonix yesterday. Some pictures here of the Cosmiques Arete, Aiguille du Midi - great climbing despite the weather!

We started up the Arete a Laurence. This is the ridge below the Cosmiques  hut, starting from the col du Midi, and it's a good extension to the Cosmiques Arete when well snow covered.

Hello to the 5 British guys we passed - apologies for barging through! I hope you all made the last lift...

 

Will on Arete a Laurence

Scottish weather in the gully left of the normal route

The last pitch