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Aiguillette de la Floria

 
Aiguillette de la Floria

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Aiguilles Rouges, France, Europe

Lat/Lon: 45.97412°N / 6.87310°E

Object Title: Aiguillette de la Floria

County: Haute Savoie

Activities: Trad Climbing, Sport Climbing

Season: Summer

Elevation: 8366 ft / 2550 m

 

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Created/Edited: Aug 21, 2017 / Sep 1, 2017

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Overview

Aiguillette de la Floria 2550 m




The Aiguilles Rouges Massif, in addition to the beauty of the rock and the charm of its spiers, offers an exceptional panorama on the Northern side of Mont Blanc, considered one of the most spectacular views of the whole group. This fact contributes to add more interest to the climb in the Aiguille Rouge massif. The gneiss of Aiguilles Rouges is less rough than the famous Mont Blanc red granite, but it’s rich of sharp holds: the climbing style is very pleasant and technical. Aiguillette de la Floria is a small but well-identified summit at the foot of the Grande Floria, at 15 minutes by walking from the Index chairlift arrival Station, along the Col des Crochues trail. On the South wall of this fine triangle of gneiss there are some interesting routes, among which the very classic Arête Rouge, incorrectly called in some guides and websites as "Eperon Sublime", which runs along the edge that delimits the wall on the left.
The short approach and the situation make it possible to climb when the weather on the Mont Blanc massif is uncertain.

Aiguillette de la Floria
Aiguillette de la Floria

Small lake below Aiguillette de la Floria
Small alpine lake near Aiguillette de la Floria

Getting There

The starting point is Chamonix-Mont Blanc m 1087.

Main road approachs

- From Valle d'Aosta (Italy) - Follow the E25 Motorway towards Courmayeur, then the Mont Blanc Tunnel to Chamonix (65 km. from Aosta)

- From Martigny (Switzerland) - Follow the road leading to the Switzerland – France border, then reach the village of Argentiere and Chamonix (45 km. from Martigny, 13 km. from the border)

- From Geneve (Switzerland) - Follow the E25 Motorway to St. Gervais les Bains, then the RN 205 to Chamonix

Grandes Jorasses annotated panorama from Aiguilles Rouges
Mont Blanc Group annotated panorama from Aiguilles Rouges - Ph. Silvia Mazzani



Approach to the walk starting point

From Chamonix Mont-Blanc head towards NE and reach the village of Les Praz (3 km. from Chamonix). Take the cable-car to “La Flegere”, then the Index chair-lift. From the Index chair-lift station follow downhill towards right (North) the track to Col des Crochues (some snow until late summer) heading to the left spur of the Aiguillette de la Floria and then skirting its S face. The views over the Aiguilles de Chamonix and Mont Blanc are breathtaking! 15 minutes from the Index station.

Aiguille Verte and Petit Dru
Aiguille Verte and Petit Dru
Aiguille de l'Index
L'Index seen from the approach path
Admiring the Mont Blanc
Admiring the Mont Blanc)

Arête Rouge report

Arête Rouge report (French scale)

Summit altitude: m. 2550
Difficulty: 5b+ max
Equipment: equipped belays, some bolts and pegs along the pitches
Climbing length: 150 m.
Exposure: South
First ascent: Paul Giroud - Thierry Mercier June 25th, 1974
Starting point: Index upper station


Short but aesthetic and pleasant route on the elegant pilier on the left edge of the spire. The climb is airy and varied on good quality gneiss. The protections in place may be integrate with cams.


Slab on the Arête Rouge, Aiguillette de la Floria
Start of Arête Rouge

Airy climb on Aiguillette de la Floria
Airy climb on Arête Rouge



Walking approach

From the upper station of the Index chair-lift, take towards North the almost flat path towards the Col des Crochues which after a small lake starts to skirt the South wall of the Aiguillette de la Floria. Once you reach the left ridge of the tower, where it runs the Arete Rouge, leave the main path and climb up a steep slope of stones getting in a few minutes the base of the ridge. Starting point under a vertical wall (stretched string in a hole).


L1 - Climb two short walls in succession, a spur and a slab to the belay, long pitch. 4c, 45m
L2 - Climb a wall slanting left to a small shelf near the edge, under a short overhanging wall with big but flat holds. Overcome it to the right to a comfortable belay. 5b+, 30 m

Petit Dru and Aiguille Verte stand out the clouds
Petit Dru and Verte stand out the clouds

Arête Rouge, Aiguillette de la Floria
Small crack on Arête Rouge

Belaying on the Arête Rouge, Aiguillette de la Floria
Belaying on the Arête Rouge



L3 - Short pitch on a slab, 3c, 20 m
L4 - Steep slab, then a dihedral-crack and belay on the pilier's wire, 4c, 30 m
L5 - Airy pitch. Climb a wall to the left of the pillar wire, then an overhang to a comfortable stop over the summit ridge, 5b, 25 m
L6 - Follow the easy crest, 3c, then easy terrain, 50 m, belay near the exit of a chimney- crack
L7 - Downclimb the chimney-crack to get the base of a slab cut by a thin crack, 3c, 10 m.
L8 - Climb the slab (Dalle à Oin-oin), getting the summit of the spier, 5b+, 15 m

Alternatively to get the summit of the spier: from the sixth belay, instead of downclimb the chimney, you can cross the terrace with debris and scramble up some easy rock to the summit cairn, 2b, 45 m

Aiguillette de la Floria summit view
Aiguillette de la Floria summit view

Abseil starting point on Aiguillette de la Floria
Abseil starting point



Descent - From the summit cairn downclimb to get the terrace again, traverse the terrace leftward (to the East) for a few tenths of meters to reach an abseil-anchor. After a 30 meters abseil, descent on debris and boulders to the right and reach a track that skirts the South wall of the "aiguillette". This brief track joins the main path just some meters below the start of the climb.

Other routes

On the S face - starting from the Arête Rouge to the right - we find:


- Les dalles brunes

- La plage report (Camp to Camp) > 5b/5b obbl, 120m L1 4c 30m, L2 5b 30m, L3 5b 30m, L4 5a 30m

- Robin Wood report (Camp to Camp) 6a (5c and A0), 120m L1 5b 40m, L2 5b 30m, L3 5c 30m, L4 6a 40m

- La lampe d'Allardin report (Camp to Camp) 6a (5c and A0), 120m L1 5a, L2 5b, L3 6a+, L4 6a, L5 5a

- Athina report (Camp to Camp) 5b, 120m L1 4c, L2 5b, L3 5b, L4 5a

Scrambling down the summit of Aiguillette de la Floria
Scrambling down the summit
Detail of Jorasses, Rochefort and Les Periades (Mont Blanc Northern side) from Aiguillette de la Floria
Detail of Jorasses, Rochefort and Les Periades
Northern side of Mont Blanc main summit seen from Aiguilles Rouges
View over Mont Blanc main summit

Red Tape

No restrictions in climbing and hiking, no permits, no fees.

When to Climb

Best season goes from the end of June to the end of September.

Where to stay

Chamonix is a primary destination, offering various kind of accomodation (hotels, huts, gites, renting rooms). Numberless campsites are situated both in the Northern and Southern ends of the town. Main campsites:

- Camping la Mer de Glace - Les Praz (3 km. North to Chamonix) +33(0)450534403
- Camping les Deux Glaciers - Les Bossons (3 km. South to Chamonix) +33(0)450531584
- Camping les Arolles - close to the centre of Chamonix - +33(0)450531430
- Camping les Cimes - Les Bossons (3 km. South to Chamonix) +33(0)450535893
- Camping les Marmottes - +33(0)450536124
- Camping Glacier d'Argentière - Argentière (8 km. North to Chamonix) +33(0)450541736

When to climb

Best season goes from the end of June to the end of September.

Other info

- Office du Tourisme de Chamonix - Phone +33 0450 530024
Chamonix Mont-Blanc

- Office de la Haute Montagne de Chamonix www.ohm-chamonix.com - Phone +33 0450 532208

- Cable-car informations www.chamonix.com www.compagniedumontblanc.fr - Phone +33 0450 532275

Meteo

Meteo Chamonix

Guidebooks and maps

 
Aiguillette de la Floria  map
 




    Guidebooks

    “Les Aiguilles Rouges – Face au Mont Blanc” by Michel Piola – This guidebook is in English text throughout.

    “Alpes Francaises du Nord” by Hervè Galley

    "Mont Blanc & the Aiguilles Rouges" selected climbs guidebook

    Maps

    IGN 3630 OT Chamonix 1:25.000

    Images

    Grandes Jorasses annotated panorama from Aiguilles RougesAiry climb on Aiguillette de la FloriaAiguille Verte and Petit Dru Aiguille de l\'IndexPetit Dru and Aiguille Verte stand out the cloudsAiguille Verte and Dru from Aiguillette de la FloriaLes Aiguilles Rouges Guidebook
    Aiguille Verte b/w from Aiguillette de la FloriaMont Blanc Group Northern view annotated panoDetail of Jorasses,  Rochefort and Les Periades (Mont Blanc Northern side) from Aiguillette de la FloriaBelaying on the Arête Rouge, Aiguillette de la FloriaSmall lake below Aiguillette de la FloriaDetail of Grandes Jorasses North face from  Aiguillette de la FloriaAiguillette de la Floria summit view
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