Sunny but cooler weather after last weeks fresh snow saw much improved conditions on both Gran Paradiso voie normale routes and the Mont Blanc Gouter Route. Excellent snow conditions and beautiful weather for the Gran Paradiso yesterday with numerous teams climbing from both the winter rooms of both Chabod and Vittoria Emmanuelle Huts as well as the usual fast teams climbing from the valley in lycra!
The track up the Chabod glacier negotiates a better line through the big crevasses and snow conditions were excellent in the track both here and on the descent to the end of the glacier above the VE Hut.
On Mont Blanc’s Gouter route cooler weather after the fresh snow seemed to be providing more stable conditions in the Grand Couloir with some fine stiff snow conditions and clear dry rock to reach the Gouter Hut and an excellent snow track above that up the glacier to Vallot and on to the summit.
Pleasant conditions also reported from the other main easier classics accessed from the Midi & Hellbroner. Teams were traversing the Marbrees, a snowy Aiguille d’Entreves and climbing the North Face of the Tour Ronde as well as obviously the Cosmiques Arete.