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No diary this time, just some photos from a trip to Arolla in the Swiss Alps
Day 1

First morning at the campsite in Arolla - Clare and Dean watching the sun rising on the Pigne d‘Arolla.
Climbing up and out of Arolla, starting on the trail to the Dix hut. 20 years ago the glacier in the valley opposite filled it down to the green areas.
Climbing on the hillside above Arolla, looking eastwards. The summit of the Matterhorn just visible behind the ridge in the far distance.
Glacial landscape, looking back down the valley towards Arolla.
Dean and Clare ascending the rough terrain up to the Pas de Chevre.
Clare modelling the latest in alpine headware.
On the Pas de Chevre, looking down towards Lac du Dix. The massive Grande Dixence dam that holds back the waters of the lake is out of sight around the corner.
In Switzerland they are already training the next generation of mountain guides.
From the Pas de Chevre, looking up the Val d‘Herens, the snow plastered north slopes of Mont Blanc de Cheilon on the left.
No matter where you go, you can‘t escape from Jagged Globe. A group of JG clients were also heading towards the Dix hut for the night.
Andy at the Pas du Chevre.
Clare at the Pas de Chevre.
Nobody mentioned that a qualification in ladder descending would be required to get down from the Pas de Chevre on to the Cheilon glacier.
Dean descending the ladders from the Pas de Chevre.
Day 2

Early morning sunlight starting to warm the upper slopes of Mont Blanc du Cheilon.
From the Dix hut looking towards the Pigne d‘Arolla.
From the patio of the Dix hut looking towards La Luette (3548m).
The snow covered north face of Mont Blanc du Cheilon (3869m).
La Louette from the Dix hut.
Dean James, the Buddha of the Dix hut.
From high on the side of La Louette, looking towards the Pigne D‘Arolla. The characteristic silhouette of the Matterhorn rising in the distance.
Looking east from La Louette.
Looking north from La Louette towards the peaks of the Bernese Oberland.
Dean leading the way up La Louette.
On the summit of La Louette (3548m).
Mont Blanc du Cheilon from La Louette.
Pigne d‘Arolla from La Louette. Matterhorn in the distance.
The Aiguilles Rouges from La Louette.
Andy soaking up the view from the top of La Louette.
Tomorrow‘s route up Mont Blanc du Cheilon will follow the obvious snow slope to the right of the rock ridge.
Lac du Dix and the Grande Dixence dam from the top of La Louette.
Acclimatisation should always be taken seriously.
Pigne d‘Arolla and Mont Blanc du Cheilon from La Louette.
The Dix hut with the Pas de Chevre behind.
The Dix hut.
Pulse checking on the way back to the Dix hut from La Louette.
Day 3

Sunrise at the Dix hut.
Roping up in the early morning chill below the Pas de Cheilon.
Taking it easy on the Pas du Cheilon.
Climbing the snow slopes of Mont Blanc du Cheilon, Pas du Cheilon and the route to the Chanrion hut below.
Three climbers descending the ridge from the summit of Mont Blanc du Cheilon.
From Mont Blanc du Cheilon, looking back down, over La Louette.
The snow covered upper slopes of Mont Blanc du Cheilon.
Looking down from the ridge on Mont Blanc du Cheilon to the Val d‘Herens.
Andy negotiating the rocky ridge just below the summit of Mont Blanc du Cheilon.
The narrow ridge up to the summit of Mont Blanc du Cheilon.
Rehydration stop en route back to the Dix hut from Mont Blanc du Cheilon.
Mont Blanc du Cheilon from the Col de Dix.
The trail from Col de Dix over the Col du Cheilon heading towards the Chanrion hut.
Equipment drying on the terrace outside the Dix hut, La Louette in the background.
Plaque outside the Dix hut.
The Dix hut is a popular destination for weekend walkers. On our last night the hut was at full capacity.
Dean enjoying a well-earned plate of Rosti - diced potato fried with ham and served with an egg (if you‘re lucky!).
After a small, early morning, misunderstanding with the Guardian of the Dix, Dean felt obliged to accept the offer of a couple of free glasses of finest pear brandy!
Day 4

North face of Mont Blanc du Cheilon - looks almost doable!
Climbing up the glacier from the Dix hut, approaching the Col du Brenay, summit of the Pigne d‘Arolla (3796m) in the distance.
Looking northwards from the Col du Brenay.
A group of weekend walkers heading for the Col de la Serpentine.
Dean surveying the route from Col du Brenay up to the Pigne d‘Arolla.
Pigne d‘Arolla (3796m).
Dean surveying the route from Col du Brenay up to the Pigne d‘Arolla.
Andy on the Col du Brenay
Col de la Serpentine from summit of Pigne d‘Arolla.
Dean on the summit of Pigne d‘Arolla.
Andy on the summit of Pigne d‘Arolla.
A hazy Matterhorn seen from the summit of Pigne d‘Arolla.
Andy posing on the summit of Pigne d‘Arolla.
Our dinner companions from the previous night, two north sea helicopter pilots, approaching the summit of Pigne d‘Arolla.
Descending from Pigne d‘Arolla towards the Vignettes hut.
The Vignettes hut.
Descending the glacier from the Vignettes hut.
Dean on the trail back to Arolla.
Alpine waterfall.
The weather is changing down in Arolla.
Now we‘re talking - Clare and Dean enjoying a well earned rest on the terrace.
Back at the campsite in Arolla - sorting out gear and watching the neighbours.
Day 5

The Pigne d‘Arolla seen from the campsite - hard to believe we were up there just a few hours ago.
Stunning flower arrangements outside our favourite Arolla restaurant - what a shame today is Monday.
Looking down on the campsite from the centre of Arolla.
Mount Collon from Arolla.
Rope practice from a convenient boulder near the campsite in Arolla.
Clare preparing to abseil from the boulder.
Old style mountain chalets on the outskirts of Arolla.
Let‘s not and say we did - ascending and descending fixed ropes.
Does my bum look big in this?
Funny - I thought he was tied on.
Evening at the campsite.
Day 6 and 7

Information poster depicting the massive extent of the Grande Dixence hydroelectric works.
At the start of the ascent to the Bertol hut, Mount Collon (3637m) at the head of the valley.
Andy on the trail to the Bertol hut.
Clare on the trail to the Bertol hut.
Storm clouds gathering over Mount Collon. The first rumble of thunder signals that it‘s time for a rapid retreat to the safety of the valley.
Torrential rain in the centre of Sion, on the way back to Geneva.
 
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