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~ Tuesday 30th July 2013

 Plan A was to climb the South Ridge of the Lagginhorn but Monday's weather turned out worse than expected - windy and quite a bit of snow. We set off this morning full of optimism but soon accepted the inevitable - the route was out of condition. Mustering enthusiasm for a second start is never easy but we climbed the normal route instead - great climbing in the fresh snow and very different from last week. Even with the new snow the wind has scoured much of the upper slopes leaving hard snow instead of the deep track from last week. 

Fresh snow and rime on the south ridge. Compare this to the same view in the last blog!