SW Ridge from Cab. de Arpitettaz Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2014
Had a bit of an adventure, I wouldn't recommend the route in "Mud Season" unless all climbers in the party are super confident, there was a lot of loose crap on the the north side of the arete for most of the way. The 4th class stuff on the arete was actually pretty good, there are a couple of pins in place but it could be nice to have a small rack from .4 - 2 camalot or so.
We descended north towards the cabane de tracuit and then took a scree run and glissade down the west face and snowfield, which was very efficient but beware of potential rock fall from the ridge.
There is a good trail towards Zinal the runs parallel to the river so no reason to climb back up to join the trail from the cabane de tracuit.
"Got tight last night on absinthe and did knife tricks. Great success shooting the knife into the piano. The woodworms are so bad and eat hell out of all furniture that you can always claim the woodworms did it."