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~ Tuesday 15th January 2013

 Pictures here from the BMG Cascade Training day held in Arolla on Sunday. Perfect weather and good ice meant we made an enjoyable ascent of the tunnel left-hand route, ideal ground for looking at the various issues of guiding on multi-pitch ice.

Protecting the belay with an early screw

Ice and blue skies - alpine cascades!

After lunch we went to the "ice boulder" at the Hotel de la Tsa. This was something of a change of atmosphere with a full-on paint-ball battle going on on the other side of the boulder - an unusual objective hazard! Still, top-roping and "bouldering" here is great for technique training and trying technical ice, as long as you keep your head down when topping out.