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~ Friday 18th July 2014

Fine conditions yesterday on the Pigne d'Arolla-Mont Blanc de Cheilon traverse. Starting from Vignettes instead of Dix means you get an extra summit for no extra ascent - a bargain. Early start is essential with the usual mid-summer temperatures turning the snow to mush by midday!

A fine dawn skyline silhouette

Sun, snow and cornices on the Cheilon

Just after the abseil and before starting the "horns"

Great mixed conditions on the final arete

Team on the ridge after passing the horns. This section is often dry by mid-summer.

The final ridge