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Valais Classics in great condition.

~ Tuesday, 28th July 2009

Over the past couple of weeks I have been working for Martin Moran, in the Valais Alps in Switzerland.

The conditions have been superb for the higher mountaineering routes. There is plenty of snow around allowing fast and safe access to routes. The south facing ridges are pretty dry so crampons don't need to be worn very much.The weather systems of late have also been very favourable, clear in the mornings, with stormy conditions not brewing until late afternoon or evening. As a result the views, sunrises and some of the sunsets have been fantastic.

Memorable and rewarding outings lately have included Mont Blanc de Cheilon, South ridge of the Dent Blanche, Allalinhorn via the Holaubgrat, South ridge of the Grand Cornier and the North face of the Pigne d'Arolla.