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ericvolaNorth Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 1961

ericvola

Perfect conditions. Bivouacked at the foot and climbed it in 10 hours. Back to Chamonix the same day.
Posted Jun 7, 2013 11:50 am

ericvolaWest face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 1962

ericvola

Magnificent weather, beautiful climb all the way but the couloir at the start (a rock fall chunnel). 1 bivouac with my friend Habib and Denise Escande, the first woman to climb it (maybe just after Yvette Vaucher) which much surprised Gary Hemming and John Harlin whom we met on our way down.
Posted Nov 11, 2012 11:34 am

AlbertoRampiniBonatti Pillar  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 1986

AlbertoRampini

Beautiful challenging route, a masterpiece by Walter Bonatti. But the route recently had been destroyed by an impressive rockfall!
Posted Sep 3, 2012 6:22 pm

Ross4Ross4.   Sucess!

Ross4

1958 Bonatti Pillar,. Was on the first Brit ascent ,I think about the 5th ascent overall. Turned into an epic ,injury and storm . but got to summit in 3 days.
Posted Dec 23, 2010 1:10 pm

ichRoute Climbed: dru westface hemming robbins Date Climbed: 30.7.-1.8.2004  Sucess!
great route with perfect rock until the bivouacledge after the 90m diedre. the last pitches in the westface before you move to the north face are quite loose - due to a big rockfall, the last pitch in the westface is completely missing but it´s still possible if you keep rihgt and then traverse left to the huge ledge on the edge of the northface.


still a great climb with a very, very long descent
Posted Sep 3, 2004 5:22 am

UlrichPrinzRoute Climbed: North East Couloir Date Climbed: 21.March.2003  Sucess!

UlrichPrinz

There was enough ice in the couloir, and climbing with Urs Odermatt was a delight. The mixed Pitches were just flying by ;-) It took us 7 hours and we rapelled down the same side that we came up. Some Pictures of our Tour can be found here:

http://ulrichprinz.de/alpin/fr/drucouloir
Posted Apr 28, 2003 1:14 am

UlrichPrinzRoute Climbed: North East Couloir Date Climbed: 21.March.2003  Sucess!

UlrichPrinz

There was enough ice in the couloir, and climbing with Urs Odermatt was a delight. The mixed Pitches were just flying by ;-) It took us 7 hours and we rapelled down the same side that we came up. Some Pictures of our Tour can be found here:

http://ulrichprinz.de/alpin/fr/drucouloir
Posted Apr 28, 2003 1:14 am

bruno.carbonneRoute Climbed: Grand Dru, South pilar, Contamine route Date Climbed: July 1983  Sucess!

bruno.carbonne

Our initial plan was to climb the SW Bonatti pilar at the petit Dru. We decided to climb this route at the last moment because of rock falls when trying to reach the "flammes de pierre".
Posted Jun 23, 2002 9:32 pm

bruno.carbonneRoute Climbed: West face, American direct Date Climbed: august 1st 2000

bruno.carbonne

nice ascent with colleague and friend Martin Brunel. very sound rock, rather physical climb despite not extreme difficulty according to the topo. We had to wait several months for adequate weather conditions. However, we had to stop at the "bloc coincé" because of recent snowfall and ice in the final part.
Posted Apr 4, 2002 2:54 pm

Bernhard SauerRoute Climbed: SW Pillar (Bonatti pillar) Date Climbed: August 1990  Sucess!

Bernhard Sauer

great climb...not much belays/pitons these days...during we climbed the SW Pillar there had been a great rock fall in the West Face which killed lots of climbers
Posted Jan 25, 2002 7:08 am

Bernhard SauerRoute Climbed: West Face - Hemming/Robins Date Climbed: August 1985  Sucess!

Bernhard Sauer

great climb...good rock...tough way back with rappeling and climbing on the south side
Posted Jan 25, 2002 7:06 am

dirkclaessenRoute Climbed: SW pillar (Bonatti pillar) Date Climbed: august 1991  Sucess!
Magnificent 600 meter rockclimb that can be climbed free. Long and sometimes dangerous approach. We choose the approach via the "Flammes de pierre", which is longer but safer than the more direct approach at the base of the westface. Altough the route is a french ED+ when climbed free (otherwise TD+), there were a lot of parties present which caused some rockfall and delay. We had to bivouac during the descend of the voie normal.
Posted Dec 24, 2001 3:08 am

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