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Le Tour - A solid start to the Alpine Season

At the start of this month I arrived in Chamonix, the birthplace of Alpinism. We immediately set about trying to get acclimitized and headed up to the Albert Premier hut which had just opened for the summer season.

Our first objective was the Arete du Table on the Aiguille du Tour (3540m). An enjoyable mixed ridge that gets its name from the impressive 'table' that has formed from rockfall. It was recommended to us as a good place to start our trip and we weren't dissapointed.

The snow conditions were poor and we had to improvise a route onto the ridge proper. Dave tried to lead a hard corner before skirting round the side and we encountered good dry rock conditions up high.

The weather had been a bit unsettled without being all that bad. We really wanted to have a go at the Migot spur on the magnificent Aiguille du Chardonnet (3824m) so headed back up to the albert premier for a couple of nights. The first day the forecast was poorer so we went up to look at a rock route …

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