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~ Sunday 15th June 2014

The summer season got off to a great start this week with success on Gran Paradiso, then Mont Blanc on Thursday. Beautiful weather and good snow conditions and a quiet, early season mountains made for a very enjoyable ascents of both peaks.

The scramble to the summit of Gran Paradiso

Paradiso summit. A tough start to the week but good preparation for Mont Blanc

Early morning on the Gouter ridge

Dome du Gouter, 2 hours to the summit!

High above the Chamonix valley.

Summit selfie

Kurt wins the summit banner competition!

Grand Couloir is in good condition but drying out fast in the warm weather.