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~ Monday 17th August 2009

 Perfect conditions today on the Dent Blanche South Ridge. Well frozen snow and dry rock, and only 2 other teams on the route - ideal. 

We climbed the "direct route", going straight over the Grand Gendarme instead of up the couloir, then sticking to the ridge all the way. This is great climbing on solid steep rock in fantastic positions, and a very worthwhile variation on the usual route. 

Steep climbing up the front of the gendarme

In front of the gendarme