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~ Friday 10th August 2012

Perfect weather today for a traverse of the Pigne d'Arolla. This is all in fairly dry condition now -  the climb from the Dix side starts on dry glacier then needs some big steps over open crevasses, but the Serpentine has a good track. 

Well dressed dog at the col de Riedmatten

Mur de la Serpentine

 

Descending the Vignettes side is good snow at first but then has the usual late season dry section. The Glacier de Pieces below the hut is very dry, needing some careful cramponing and a fair bit of zig-zagging around crevasses.