According to the route description that we had read before, this would be an F+ climb, with the crux being a short couloir of II+/III.
Before we knew it, we were already at that couloir. Apart from a big one at the bottom, the rocks in the couloir were fine, and there were plenty of hand- and footholds. I believe that rating it as III is an exaggeration. Still, that same couloir, plus the slab (I/II) immediately before, also makes me think that the climb itself shouldn't be rated F+ but PD.
Great consolation prize Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2012
4th & last summit summit of anglo-dutch international alliance (self plus rgg). Original plans for Mont Blanc had to be shelved due to fast approaching bad weather - but there was just enough time to slip this one in. And it proved to be a worthy day out climbed from the beautifully situated Lac Blanc refuge. Summit ridge quite airy but fairly straight forward - although I was happy to put the rope on for the 'chimney', which was the crux of the climb, less than 150m below the top. We easily beat the bad weather - but enjoyed views of it setting in around the higher summits across the valley.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe