Summits and Scrambling in the June Heatwave

We’re one month into our summer mountaineering season out here in Chamonix and already we have stood on a few fine alpine summits along with making some tricky decisions regarding conditions and route choices. It has been an exceptionally hot and dry June, with the mountains looking and feeling like late August rather than early summer. For several days now the freezing level has been above 4000m and this heat has been loosening the rocks on the mountain, with an increased rock fall hazard on several routes. It’s for this reason that this weeks Mont Blanc trip has moved...

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