Monday, July 9, 2012

Tour du Mont Blanc East- Current conditions

A recce on the current conditions of the Tour du Mont Blanc from Courmayeur to Chamonix (West) found that in general the trails are snow free.

Courmayeur to Refuge Bonatti: no problems.

Bonatti to La Fouly: Snow in the gully on the ascent from Arnuva to refuge Elena means the track has been re-routed up the road. Once the snow has retreated enough in the gully they will put in the bridge crossing the river and reopen the normal route.

There is a significant amount of snow over on the Swiss side of the Grand Col Ferret but it's is straightforward to traverse .

La Fouly to Champex-Lac: No problems.

Champex-Lac to Trient: Via Bovine no problems via Fenetre d'Arpette snow at the top steep section leading to the Col. Care needs to be taken here as the ground is steep & uneven and with the added complication of snow it can get tricky. If in doubt take the Bovine route.

Trient to Chamonix: All routes are relatively free of snow, some patches on north facing shaded slopes.

Traverse snow with care, kick in firm foot placements use of poles is advisable to aid balance & give purchase.

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