I’ve just had a couple of great days around the Torino refuge in Italy.

A few teams out and about climbing the classic mountaineering routes including the Marbrees, Aiguille d’ Entreves, Tour Ronde. The north face of the Tour Ronde was getting climbed quite a bit as well and it looked to be in excellent condition. There was a team coming down from the Arete d Rochefort area, but not sure how far they got.

The valley blanche was getting traversed, on foot and on ski! Lots of nice looking ski tracks down there too.

Over by the Aiguille du Midi the usual suspects are getting climbed, the Cosmiques arete, Chere couloir, Pointe Lachenel etc.

The summer route has been “traced” to the Tete Rousse and Gouter huts, and apparently Mont Blanc has been climbed by this route also. Probably pretty good on skis via the Grand Mulet refuge at the moment as well. The lifts at Les Houches open in a few days, which will make it a bit easier!

Plenty of snow about at the moment, so trail breaking is hard work but there are obviously tracks into the classics, so no snow shoes required. We’ve had a pretty snowy start to the summer, so the glaciers are in pretty good condition. Hopefully a we will have a cool summer and it’ll stay that way.

Fresh overnight snow on Mont Blanc du Tacul

Fresh overnight snow on Mont Blanc du Tacul

The normal (winter) route on the Tour Ronde

The normal (winter) route on the Tour Ronde

Nice to follow a trail

Nice to follow a trail

Bucket loads of snow everywhere

Bucket loads of snow everywhere