As part of a week long Alpine Course we climbed the Pigne.
The climb to the Pigne d'Arolla is only warming-up for what's coming, but at the end of the day you're happy to have linked it to the Mont Blanc de Cheilon instead of only climbing the latter on its own :-) Reasonably good conditions despite the hot weather of the previous weeks.
a safe and amazing adventure along the haute route thanks to amazing weather and 100% visibility. the ski down to the vignettes hut was amazing.
Third time on the summit, and finally in good weather! Amazing views. After descending the first bit, we also climbed up the first (of many) summit(s) of the Pointe du Brénay, via a short, but beautiful snowridge. We descended to Arolla.
Dozens of skiers went up and down Pigne d'Arolla that day, as well as one guy on snow shoes. I really should learn how to ski off piste...
Very nice ski tour from Arolla
Beautiful tour: ideal conditions - outstanding views. Pics at http://www.skylightphotography.eu/skylightphotography.html.
Initial plan to do a complete traversée had to be abandoned because of heavily overcrowded cabane de Chanrion & refurbishment works in Cabane des Vignettes.
This was actually the 2nd time I was up there. Way back in 1979 I summited, departing from Arolla and via the cabane des Vignettes, up and down in 1 day.
Standard traverse from the dix to the Vignettes. Fun and fantastic.
Climbed it during an alpine skills course. It was a nice climb, as we had great weather. On the summit we could see for miles and miles.
Guided group - ISM course: Student alpine ascents.
I led the second of two rope teams
Traverse from the Dix valley back to Arolla
I traversed Pigne d'Arolla from Cabane des Dix to Cabane des Vignettes. Good snow conditions. Easy tour.
From the vignette hut in excellent weather. Then continued to do the traverse of Mont Blanc du Cheilon. Brilliant but long tour.
From cab. des Dix back to Arolla
Normal route. White out during the whole day. No view.
Climbed from vignettes hut, perfect day, gorgeous views.
Conditions where at the beginning not so good....very low visibility and snowing.NO track at all.Higher up the mountain it was better!
Nice and fairly easy climb. Unfortenatly the weather was quite bad, so I couldn't enjoy the magnificent view.
Climbed it a second time on july 21 2011, this time from the Cabane des Dix. After some heavy snow it became a rather heavy climb, with half a meter fresh snow to go through. Reached the summit only after six hours in very bad weather (rather heacy snowfall). So also the second time on the summit I couldn't see anything of the surrounding mountain scenery.
Normal route from cabane des dix. With the NSAC C1.
Beautiful tour to the Pigne d' Arolla 3790m
photos are all here: Link to Pigne d' Arolla 3790m
Climb it during the traverse Cab.de Vign-Pign D'Arolla-MB de Cheilon-Cab. de Dix.