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~ Saturday 22nd August 2015

After a long, hot summer the weather finally cracked this week and it rained...then snowed! Luckily things cleared up fast, but left some challenging conditions in the mountains with fitness and some "Scottish" techniques required to climb anything! Big efforts from our IFMGA mountain guides and clients alike saw some good results though - Dufourspitz, Dent Blanche South ridge, Pigne d'Arolla, Mont Blanc de Cheilon traverse and normal route, L'Éveque traverse and normal route...and a lot of tired, sunburned but smiling faces around the table on Friday night!

Pictures here from the Alpine Progression course, with a very keen team of 4.

Day 2, on the snowy Pointes de Mourtis-Dent des Rosses traverse

Day 3, the excellent Couronne de Bréona traverse

Cunning tactics required to cross the Éveque bergschrund

Airy positions on the Éveque SW ridge

And the higher you go, the "airier" it gets

Descent on the Éveque normal route

Sw ridge on the right, normal route on the left skyline

Sun halos and snow mid-way on the Cheilon traverse

Smiles all round on the final arete, Mont Blanc de Cheilon

Mont Blanc de Cheilon from near the Cabane des Dix