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~ Saturday 8th August 2009

 We made a very enjoyable ascent of the Mont Blanc de Cheilon normal route yesterday. This has to be one of the best PD climbs in the alps - long, varied climbing on rock and snow, an easy approach and a great finale up the summit ridge. It's in good condition, although the slopes above the first rock section are hard snow-ice and need careful cramponing. We then traversed the "winter" top and descended the winter route under the Ruinette which is still good - easy snow through impressive scenery. 

on the summit ridge