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Aiguille Verte

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Haute Savoie (Mont Blanc), France, Europe

Lat/Lon: 45.93550°N / 6.96860°E

Object Title: Aiguille Verte

Elevation: 13523 ft / 4122 m

 

Page By: Rahel Maria Liu, hiltrud.liu

Created/Edited: Mar 23, 2001 / Apr 9, 2014

Object ID: 150223

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Overview

West Side of Aiguille Verte - Photo by om



In memory of
Rahel Maria Liu, the former maintainer of this page. Rahel died on the Innominata Spur to Mont Blanc in a snowstorm on August 24th, 2004.


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Aiguille Verte - a beautiful and prominent mountain of the Mont Blanc Range

    The Aiguille Verte (4122 m) is one of the most prominent mountains of the Mont Blanc range. It is very visible from Argentière.

    Besides Mont Blanc and Grandes Jorasses, Aiguille Verte is one of the most beautiful mountains of the Mont Blanc Massif - because of the huge rigdes.

    Eberlein calls it even the most beautiful mountain of the Alps at all (Eberlein, 357).


South Side of Aiguille Verte - Photo by gabriele


    Besides the famous couloirs (NE and NW), the big ridges are interesting for climbers. The most beautiful route is probably the traverse Sans Nom - Jardin Ridge.

    Even the Moine Ridge (SW ridge) is not easy. Therefore the Aiguille Verte is the most difficult 4000 m peak of the Alps.


Historical Notes
    First ascent: E. Whymper with Ch. Almer and F. Biner on 29. June 1865.






Routes Overview

* Panoramic View of Aiguille Verte from the Rochefort Ridge - 2002 (Photo by Rahel Maria Liu)

Les Drus - Aiguille Verte - Mont Mallet - Les Droites - Aig. d'Argentière - Les Courtes - Le Tour Noir - Aig. de Triolet - Mont Dolent - Show labels



Whymper Couloir:

    48° in the average, till 55°, 530 hm, AD, 3-6 h (Eberlein, p. 357f.)

    * Photos by filova - theboss - albertolazza - pablo

    RouteWhymperAscentSummitRSummitSummit RSkiingWhymperR



Moine Ridge (South-West Ridge):
    III and II, AD, 500 hm, 6-7 h (Eberlein, p. 359f.)


Couloir en Y (South-West Face):
    IV, mostly easier, ice about 50°, D, 700 hm, 6 h (Eberlein, p.360)

Sans Nom Ridge:
    IV+ (1passage), mostly IV and III, D+, 950 hm, 10-15 h (Eberlein, p. 361)


Nant Blank Flank (Charletroute 1935):
    IV, mostly III, mixed, ice till 58°, average 52°, D+, 900 hm (face), 7-12 h (Eberlein, 363)


Grands Montet Ridge:
    IV+, mostly III and IV, ice till 50°, D, 900 hm (ridge), 10-12 h from Col des Grands Montets (Eberlein, p. 364)


North-East Face:
    Cordier Couloir:
    55° average, D+, 1000 hm, 7-10 h (Eberlein, p. 367)


Contamine Route:
    V, mostly IV, ice till 50°, TD-, alltogether 1050 hm (face), 600 hm rock climbing and mixed, 450 hm ice, 8-10 h (Eberlein, p. 367)


Couloir Couturier:
    55° at 300 m, average: 49°, D-, 900 hm (face), 4-8 h (Eberlein, p. 369)

    * Photo by kabernicola

    Route



Jardin Ridge (E ridge):
    IV (2 passages), mostly III and II, D-, 450 hm till Aig. Jardin; from here 300 hm, 8-10 h (Eberlein, p. 371)


Traverse Aiguille du Dru - Aiguille Verte:
    IV+, mostly IV and III, D+, 2 days (Eberlein, p. 372)

    * Photos by SP members - Aiguille Verte - Couloir Whymper - Couloir Couturier
    Rahel Maria Liu, Chamonix Man, Jeroen Vels, TodoVertical, Jurgen Mesman and fogliczech



* Climber's Logs



Getting There

Sillhouette of the Drus - Aiguille Verte - Les Droites and Les Courtes (Photo by pvangeenen)


To the Aiguille Verte

    You can come from the Ref. d'Argentiere.
    You can come from the Ref. de Couvercle.


To the Ref. d'Argentiere

    In order to reach the hut, you have 3 possibilities:

    From Croix de Lognan (1970 m) in 3 - 3,5 h, to Croix de Lognan with cable car from Argentière: From Croix de Lognan, you go on foot up over the morainecrest till about 2250 m. Than you continue horizontally to the glacier, which you follow on the orographically left side. After about 1 km, the glacier becomes steeper and more torn. You climb onto the morain of the Rognons, first over a slippery shelf, then via a marked way which you follow until you reach the upper end of the ice break. You climb the glacier in SE direction and reach over the moraine the hut.

    On foot from Argentière in 5 h: From the ground station of the cable car, you follow the wide aisle of the ski-run. You leave it at the height of about 1750 m and reach the way of the middle station of the cable car (2 h). Now, you need 3 h to the hut.

    From Aiguille des Grands Montets (summit station of the cable car from Argentière; last train up: 4:45 p.m.) in 2 h: From the summit station, you go via a stairway to the Col des Grandes Montets. You traverse a bergschrund (maybe with the help of a rope) and go up the steep hang to the Glacier Rognons. You go in ENE direction on the western side along P. 3000 to P. 2754 m. You go down in south-eastern direction of the glacier d'Argentière, which you reach above the ice break. From here in 2 h to the hut.

    You reach Argentière by train (from Martigny/CH or Geneva or Annecy - TGV to St. Gervais), bus (from Annecy, Geneva, Grenoble, Courmayeur, Aoste and Turin) or car from Geneva or Martigny (Switzerland) via Vallorcine and the Col des Montets.


To the Ref. de Couvercle

    You reach the hut from Montenvers in 3,5 h over the glacier. From Montenvers to the starting point of the hiking way to the Ref. d'Envers des Aiguilles: You have to follow the way in direction of Les Echelles which goes slightly down to the western side of the Mer de Glace. But before you enter the Glacier, you have to follow the way on the western side of the glacier for about 20 min. Now you have to go up the glacier first more on the western side, then just through the middle in SE direction of Les Moulins. Now you do not follow the marking signs to the moraines but continue in S and then E direction of the steep passages at Les Egralets (partly a little bit like a way). You go the steep passages up and via a good way through grass hangs to a moraine, from which you reach the hut soon.

    You can reach the hut via a new climbing track below the Flammes de Pierre and the ends of the Aig. du Moine to the Ref. du Couvercle. But because of ice avalanches, some passages of this route have become very dangerous. You have to ask for the actual conditions. 3,5 h from Montenvers to Couvercle.

    To Montenvers:

    With the special Montenvers-train from Chamonix. The train goes the whole year except from the middle of November till the middle of December. The first train starts during the season often not before 8 a.m., the last train down not after 6.30 p.m.

    Or on foot from Chamonix on the marked way via Biollay in 2,5 h.

    You reach Chamonix by train (from Martigny/CH or Geneva or Annecy - TGV to St. Gervais), bus (from Annecy, Geneva, Grenoble, Courmayeur, Aoste and Turin) or car from Geneva or Martigny (Switzerland) via Vallorcine, the Col des Montets and Argentière.


* Ascent 1790 - Photo from ericvola, Google earth Mont Blanc Area - Photo from markhallam, Mont Blanc Massif - Photo from Rahel Maria Liu, cred



You reach the Chamonix Valley by train:
    From Martigny (Switzerland) via Vallorcine.

    From Geneva (airport) via Anncey (TGV till here) and St. Gervais.


You reach the Chamonix Valley by bus:
    From/via Annecy, Geneva, Grenoble, Courmayeur, Aoste and Turin


You reach the Chamonix Valley by car:
    From Geneva (from the NW) on the A40 till St. Gervais and from here on the N205.

    From Martigny (from the NE, Switzerland) via Vallorcine and the Col des Montets on the road no. N506.


You reach the Val Ferret (Italy) by bus or car:
    From Chamonix through the Mont Blanc Tunnel from the NW.

    From Torino (from the SE) on the A5 via Villeneuve.


Mountain Huts

* Panoramic View of Aiguille Verte - Aiguille de Triolet - Rochefort Ridge (Photo by Rahel Maria Liu)

Aig. Verte - Aig. de Triolet - Grandes Jorasses - Aig. de Rochefort - Dent du GéantShow labels


Refuge d'Argentière

Refuge d'Argentière is a modern big hut with a view directly to the north faces on the opposite side: from Aiguille Verte to Mont Dolent. It is situated near the corner
where the Glacier d'Argentière and the Glacier des Améthystes come together.

      Phone: 33 (0)4 50 53 16 92 - Email: refugeargentiere@wanadoo.fr
      Guarded: From the end of June to mid-September
      Places number: 150

      You reach the Refuge d'Argentière:

      from Croix de Lognan (1970 m) in 3 - 3,5 h, to Croix de Lognan with cable car from Argentière

      on foot from Argentière in 5 h

      from Aiguille des Grands Montets (summit station of the cable car from Argentière) in 2 h


Refuge du Couvercle (2687 m)

Refuge du Couvercle is situated very nicely in the region of the Aiguille du Moine. It is visited frequently. Instead of the old hut, a new big house was built in 1952.

      Tél : 33 (0)4 50 53 16 94

      Guarded from mid-June to mid-September

      Places number: 120

      You reach the Refuge du Couvercle:

      from Montenvers in 3,5 h via moraines

      via the Balcon du Mer de Glace in 3,5 h




Infos

* Aiguille Verte - Photos by allari, Antonio Giani, Jurgen Mesman, charles and om

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WEATHER INFOS


GENERAL INFOS


TRAIN CHAMONIX VALLEY
    Phone: 0033/450 53 1298 - 0033/8 36 35 35 35
    0033/450530702 (Train station Chamonix)
    Phone of the Montenvers-train: ++33(0)450/531254
    Ticket shop


BUS CHAMONIX VALLEY
    Phone: 0033/450 53 0555 - 0033/450 53 0115


CABLE CARS


CAMPINGPLACES



Maps&Books

* Panoramic View of Aiguille Verte - Photo by Hiltrud Liu

Aig. Verte - Aig. de Triolet - Rochefort Ridge - Hide labels


Institut Géographique National
    1:25000 no. 3630 OT Chamonix - Massif du Mont Blanc

Instituto Geografico Centrale
    1:25000 no. 165107 IGC Monte Bianco




BOOKS
    Hartmut Eberlein, Mont-Blanc-Gruppe. Gebietsführer für Bergsteiger und Kletterer, 2000 or 2012, amazon.de (look at the contents Aiguille Verte)

    Helmut Dumler/Willi P. Burkhardt, The High Mountains of the Alps. amazon.com (look at the contents Aiguille Verte)

    Gaston Rébuffat: The Mont Blanc Massif. The 100 Finest Routes. London 1996. ISBN 1-898573-03-4. amazon.de or amazon.com (look at the contents)

    Erich Vanis, Im steilen Eis. 80 Eiswände in den Alpen. Munich et al. 1980. ISBN 3-405-12158-2. amazon.de

    Damilano/Perroux, Neige, Glace Et Mixte: Mont Blanc. Editions Ice 1996. ISBN 2950986803. UKClimbing.com

    Laroche/Lelong: Die Gipfel des Montblanc. Munich 1999. ISBN 3-405-15693-9. amazon.de

    Helmut Dumler/Willi P. Burkhardt, Viertausender der Alpen. 11th ed. Munich 1998. ISBN 3-7633-7427-2. amazon.de

    Lindsay Griffin, Mont Blanc Massif, Vol. 2 - Published Alpine Club (2002). ISBN 0-900523-58-1. amazon.com

    Rother Skitourenführer - Hartmut Eberlein, Mont Blanc (S. 97)

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