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~ Thursday 30th June 2016

We warmed up for this week's North Faces Course on the La Gouille Arete of Mont Vélan - not exactly a North Face, but plastered in snow and ice after the recent storms, it felt like one!

Confident that conditions had at last turned good, we made the long drive south to the Gran Paradiso for the classic NW face. This had been on the ticklist for a while!

Gran Paradiso north face