Although the South Ridge looks impassible at times due to several intimidating gendarmes, with proper route finding you should never encounter anything harder than third class. We did a variation where we traversed over onto the east face of the South Ridge and climbed directly up to the summit. This made the climb a little bit harder, maybe 4th class or so.
"Got tight last night on absinthe and did knife tricks. Great success shooting the knife into the piano. The woodworms are so bad and eat hell out of all furniture that you can always claim the woodworms did it."