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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