La Chamoniarde mountain conditions report for 19 October 2022
This Indian summer is pretty good, it is even very hot in the afternoons, but beware of the weather forecast for this weekend.
It's freezing at night at the moment but the glaciers are still very open, and the snow bridges are fragile - be careful!
However, some routes are being done:
On the Aiguille du Midi, the arete is fine. The Cosmiques and Laurence arêtes are still possible. The traverse of the Pointes Lachenal is also possible: it is better to access the 1st point on the left because there is ice straight under the rocks, as well as on the traverse (protection possible on rock), the chimney is in good nick.
There is some activity on the Tacul, but the rimaye on Mont Maudit is not crossable.
Gully activity is starting up: Contamine Mazeaud, the Chéré, the Allemands, and Vent du Dragon, but it’s still thin and not always easy to protect.
From the Helbronner, the Aiguilles Marbrées and the Aiguilles d'Entrèves are being done, despite very crevassed access for the latter. It’s looking white below the Dent du Géant.
The normal route on Mont Blanc, the arête de la Table on the aiguille du Tour, Tête Blanche and Petite Fourche are being done.
For rock climbing, it is quite cold at altitude. “Toussaint” (late October holiday) is coming up – get ready for cold hands.
The Planpraz and Flégère cable cars open this weekend for the All Saints' (Toussaint) holiday. The Aiguille du Midi cable car and the Skyway are still open until November 6 inclusive.
There has been a rockfall at Barberine. No information yet on the fixed gear (bolts etc).
The Conscrits footbridge is no longer in place since yesterday!
For hiking, everything is still possible, there is snow from around 2,400m on northerly aspects and from around 2,900m on southerly aspects, but it is not a problem. Tours are still possible for the most motivated (some refuges are still open, and some are equipped with a winter room).
The refuges of Loriaz (from Thursday to Sunday), Lac Blanc, Plan de l'Aiguille, les Prés and Torino still welcome you.
We remind you that the Mont-Blanc tunnel is closed until Monday 7 November.
Translated with permission from an original report by La Chamoniarde.
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