The weather has been woeful this last week, which has seriously limited activity in the high mountains.
30 cms of wet snow has fallen in the last two days between 2800 et 3600m.
There has, however, been some activity during the brief clear spells.
-Albert 1er sector: a party went towards the Aiguille du Genepy. Ploughing through deep snow to reach the hut and snow shoes essential above it.
- No activity reported from the Charpoua, the Argentière and the Couvercle huts.
ATTENTION: there has been major stone fall for several days near the Montenvers ladders, some of which have been damaged. It is preferable to use the path via the ice caves
- Torino hut: the Aiguilles Marbrées, the Aiguille de Toule, the Col d’Entrèves and the Tour Ronde (Normal route and N face) have been frequently attempted.
- Cosmiques hut: activity limited to near the hut including attempts on the Cosmiques ridge, traverse of the Pointes Lachenal, Chéré Couloir, M6 Solar and the Pellissier.
- Access to the Requin hut is possible from below via the ladders and with crampons and ice axe. The Brèche Puiseux should be feasible once the weather improves.
- Due to the amount of snow, the opening of the Envers des Aiguilles hut has been delayed until 18th June.
- Several attempts of the Gouter Route on the Mont Blanc have been reported. The approach to the Tête Rousse is best done by the Tramway track then the normal way from the Nid d’Aigle. Access by ski from the Bionnassay glacier is also possible. The cable in the Gouter gully should be installed soon.
- Base level avalanches have been reported in the Conscrits and Aiguille du Midi sectors: remain vigilante whether in mid or at high altitudes.
Concerning hiking, the situation is only improving very slowly and many footpaths remain either difficult or impractical. Even though the lifts in the Aiguilles Rouges will soon be open, most of the paths will not be in a safe condition by next weekend. Crampons may be necessary, as well as good mountain footwear and hiking poles. The lakes at altitude remain, for the moment, under snow.
The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB), is starting to be done, but the passes and certain traverses remain awkward.