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~ Saturday 8th September 2012

 As the snow settles down conditions are quickly becoming very good in the high mountains. We travelled back round to Zermatt on Wednesday and walked round to the lovely Ayas hut. 

Clouds on the way to Ayas

On Thursday we were first away from the hut. A little overnight thunderstorm had left some (more!) fresh snow so we had the pleasure of trail breaking all the way up Castor - well worth it to have the summit to ourselves and stunning views. 

On the Castor summit ridge

Following team above the clouds

As we descend another team go up the summit ridge

That left plenty of time to climb Pollux in the afternoon. Excellent conditions, but by now it was quite busy with the usual silliness at the fixed ropes - a mini Matterhorn!

Yesterday we were away early for the long trek back round to the Breithorn. Beautiful views from the summit and good conditions made for a nice end to the week.