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Back at the Dix

June 25th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Back at the Dix, Rob Wills, a British IFMGA guide introduces himself to us in the boot room.  Due to heavy snow conditions in Chamonix he has brought his clients over to Arolla in search of better conditions.

Rob is not just making polite conversation – as a professional guide he gathers as much information as possible in order to make informed decisions.  Despite our admission that we are just novices, he is still keen for our first hand report on conditions higher up today.  My spirits are lifted when he isn’t surprised at our lack of progress versus guidebook time today.

The Dix hut has a shower.  A bit of a luxury for an Alpine hut I must say – trouble is that it is outside.  Three sides of the ‘cubicle’ afford the occupant limited modesty as they are made from old wooden shipping pallets.  The fourth side is open to the mountains – and just had, in my opinion, to be experienced.

Now I like a cold shower more than most, in fact I can’t stand really hot showers – Ali, on the other hand, seems to positively thrive in showers so hot that it would make a lobster scream.   She was having none of this.  Okay so I can see that it is fed directly from melt water off the Luette glacier and there is no hot tap to mix it with – but seriously, how cold can it be?   After 30 seconds my limbs went numb.

Over dinner we discuss our plan for tomorrow – we quickly abandon the idea of an attempt at the much more serious summit of Pigne d’Arolla given the conditions.  Instead we opt to tackle La Luette again by a more direct route.  With the change in plans, the ever helpful Pierre offers to telephone the Vignettes hut, on our behalf, to cancel our booking there.

One thing we had learnt today is the awesome scale of the Alpine arena when compared to the UK hills – the Col de Cheilon looks close enough to touch from the Dix, but is in reality over 2km away.

Tags: Arolla

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  • 1 sally // Nov 28, 2007 at 10:44 pm

    I am with Ali when it comes to showers .. the hotter the better…..

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