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~ Tuesday 19th August 2008

The weather has been a bit unsettled, cold with some more snow. A strange August, but it has created some great conditions on icy faces. In Arolla the North Face of Point Marcel Kurz on Mont Brulé is in good condition, a great short ice route at low altitude.

Next, we did the Left Edge route on the Tacul Triangle in perfect nevé.

Perfect nevé at dawn

Looking down the first snow slope


After a rest, we headed off to the Gran Paradiso. Good conditions again on the north face, and we were the only team on the route. The face is mostly ice so hard on the calves!Half way up!

In the sun at last, the final few feet of the face.

"Odd one out" competition on the summit ridge