A wonderful day of mixed weather but ending with superb views over the France’s Valleé Blanche and Italy’s Aosta Valley.

We met out course leader this morning and after an hour or two of admin we headed through the Tunnel du Mont Blanc to Italy then the Funicle Monte Branco all the way up to Pointe Helbronner. We then deposited some overnight gear in the very nicely appointed and comfortable Rifugio Torino before kitting up and heading out to hone glacier travel skills, ropework and essential knots. During the afternoon we climbed Aguille de Toule 3534 and Le Petit Flambeau 3440 and were eventually rewarded with some spectacular views across the Mer de Glacé / Valleé Blanche towards Aguille du Midi.

After a tasty dinner of roast chicken, peas and potato and a peach for dessert we packed our bage for tomorrow and hit the sack early ready for breakfast at 6 and a 6:30 departure on another day of skills training by way of more walking and climbing in this amazing landscape and the weather forecast is good so it may even be t-shirt weather with lots of sun cream