The new snow at altitude earlier in the week has for the most part disappeared. The rock is now generally dry except for some areas high up, where there is still snow on the ledges.
Albert 1er Sector : The Col du Tour would appear to present less of a problem than the Col Supérieur but is still awkward.
Mer de Glace Sector : There were parties on the Moine S Ridge and normal route and also the Nonne-Eveque. Still a little snow on the summit of the Petites Jorasses but the West face is feasible, as are the routes above the Leschaux hut. There are parties planning to go for the Périades on 14/08.
At the Envers des Aiguilles, some snow remains higher up but the routes on the Pointes des Nantillons, Tour Rouge and Tour Verte are feasible.
Torino Sector ; Activity reported on the classic routes in this sector, though be careful of stone fall and weak snow bridges. The Tacul satellites, Dent du Géant and the Arete du Diable are mainly dry. The Rochefort Ridge is tracked as far as the Canzio bivouac, with some difficult sections. 2 parties left for the Kuffner this morning, (13th), no further information.
Cosmiques Sector : Climbing on the Midi S face and the Eperon. No activity on the Triangle du Tacul. The traverse of the Pointes Lachenal was done in OK conditions. The Normal route on the Tacul is tracked. It seems that Mont Maudit was climbed this morning.
The normal route up Mont Blanc is tracked.
Dômes de Miage traverse was done this morning but the route is still technical, requiring ice screws. The « there and back » to Dôme Central by the Col des Dômes remains the better option. Parties have traversed towards the Durier hut then traversed the Bionnassay, (no further information.)
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