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~ Thursday 5th August 2010

 Here are some pictures from the Italian High level Route. It really is high level, 9 tops over 4000m, not dropping below 3400m in 5 days, and with the last night in the excellent Margerita hut at a head-aching 4554m...

We had some pretty mixed weather but overall conditions were good, and luckily the weather held out - just - for our descent of the Grenz glacier...

There are lots more photos here

The Breithorn summit ridge.

Climbers on the Breithorn ridge

Descending Castor to Quintino Sella hutDescending from Castor

Steep climb up to Passo del NasoSteep ground on Passo del Naso

Ridge on Ludwigshohe, Dent Blanche in the distanceParrotspitze

Looking back to Parrotspitz

Looking at Parrotspitze with climbers on the ridge

Descending the Grenz glacier in deteriorating weatherGrenz glacier

Negociating holes on the Grenz glacierGrenz glacier

The new Monte Rosa hut!The new Monte Rosa hut