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~ Sunday 7th February 2016

Here's a quick summary of last week's Ice Climbing Intro Course. Conditions weren't ideal - warm weather meant there was no ice at all around Evolene - but Arolla is 600m higher up the valley and provided plenty of climbing despite the spring-like temperatures!

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After a warm-up day of top-roped climbing at the Tsa boulder - ideal for working on technique - we moved to La Gouille for some single pitch routes.

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And then multi-pitch at the Arolla tunnels, with a multi-abseil descent. This route is just shady enough to escape the thaw.

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A day at the Cascade des Ignes with a snow-shoe approach and some genuine Scottish weather marking the return of winter.

Cascade des Ignes ice climbing mountain guide

And some time leading on single and multi-pitch routes.

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