It's a wonderful thing technology... Back in the dim and distant past of a decade ago if you wanted to know what the weather was doing on the hill beyond what you could see out of the window you had to go and look for yourself. Now, with the wonders of webcams and 4G, you can just check your phone.
So on a cloudy Monday morning, we eschewed looking out the window for a quick flick through the webcams. Mostly shades of grey but there, on the Brevent cam, was a hint of a break in the clouds. We hotfooted it over to Plan Praz then on up, through more cloud, to the very top of Brevent. The light was still flat, but we could see all the way to the Arve valley. If that gap in the clouds kept coming our way, well, we'd hit the jackpot. Heading round the traverse to the Hotel Face the visibility continued to improve and we were congratulating ourselves on our wiley mountain sense and abilities at reading the conditions.