Alpine Climbing Condtions – 17/07/11

Ok, time for another roundup of what we’ve been doing recently and what’s going on out here:

This week we’ve had teams on several 4000ers over in Switzerland – see report below – plus Jonny Baird climbed Castor, Pollux and Mt Blanc amongst other things with Chris and David and Dave H finished off a good week  on the Rochefort Arete with David Williams on Friday.

I’ve been over at the Moiry Hut the last couple of days with Malcolm, where we did the Pigne de la Le and the Mourti-Dent des Rosses traverse (see pics below)

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today in Chamonix – prussicking practice…

Beyond that, there’s not much point running through detailed route reports, as the weather has now changed dramatically!

There’s an active cold front moving across the Alps today, bringing rain and snow to all areas, with more due Tuesday – so everything is going to change..

Rich got his team out of bed at 6am this morning and managed an hour on the rock between showers before it came in heavily – so now we’ve had a prussicking session going on outside the apartment, followed by a trip to the wall and the Office de Haute Montagne for route planning.

A considerable amount of snow is forecast down to ~2300m – so many rock routes will be affected and avalanche risk will be a big consideration over the next few days.  With careful route selection and a bit of canny timing however, it could be a good week for sneaking an ice route or two in as temperatures are forecast to stay low.