A return to the Swiss Valais, for another outing on the excellent South Ridge of the Dent Blanche.
The main target for the week with James was the Mittellegi Ridge on the Eiger. However, the Oberland and eastern Valais had received heavy snowfall a few days previously, and a reported 70cm of snow at Jungfraujoch put paid to that idea. The guardian had even deserted the Mittellegi Hut!
Although the Dent Blanche was looking much whiter than on two weeks previously, the rocky sections of the ridge were clear and dry. We were joined by Sam to make a keen team of three.
As always, the Dent Blanche gave a big day out. Crampons were needed for much of the ridge this time, slowing things a little. And, as usual the descent proved trickier than the way up..
After reaching the safety of the hut, weary legs carried us down the remainder of the interminable descent back to the road, finally hitting the car after over 14 hours on the move. All that remained was the drive back to Chamonix..
Well done to James and Sam for a big effort and a great day. Thanks to Rob at www.highmountainguides.com.