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Climbing the aid section on Cosmiques Arête
Climbing the aid section on Cosmiques Arête rated 4c. The crux slab was vandalised in early summer 2007 when sections of rock were chipped out so maybe it's not quite as hard anymore. Here are some photos of the damage:

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Ejnar FjerdingstadCold

Ejnar Fjerdingstad

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Looks like a cold day!
Posted Nov 15, 2006 10:57 am

BigLeeRe: Cold


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Just like a Scottish winter! Fantastic.
Posted Aug 1, 2007 8:37 am

BigLeeRe: ?!?!?


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Tell me about it! Idiots
Posted Aug 14, 2007 1:17 pm

CyrillCosmiques Arête


Voted 10/10

the unforgettable impressions of live :-)
Posted Nov 18, 2007 3:06 pm

ErvinatorAaaargh :(

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Maybe a real old-fashioned nature-preserving mountaineer will fill the drilled holes and maybe the city of Chamonix will donate a nice copper sign on the top of the fixed holes saying "If you can't climb it, the aid crack is to the right!".
Posted Jan 13, 2008 5:14 pm



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Who's the handsome bugger leading?
Posted Feb 25, 2008 9:29 pm



Voted 10/10

Why oh why did somebody go to all that effort to deface the rock, totally unacceptable behaviour !
Like you`r gallery :)
Posted Mar 8, 2010 3:44 pm

DeltakypIgnoring ignorance


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I took note of your description here before climbing the Arête this July in perfect weather and did find the slots that were cut which looked to just accommodate crampon front points. But thanks to your post, I was on the lookout and mindfully avoided the "aid" of this unfortunate defacement of pristine rock that anyone who requires such aid shouldn't be there in the first place. I feel the same about many placements of fixed rope in areas such as the Hornli ridge on the Matterhorn, but unfortunately due to the numbers that flow up and down that route especially in the summer, they are necessary, though I tried to avoid them as much as possible except to expedite passing. Pity how the true nature of climbing is all to oft spoiled by such props nowadays...
Posted Nov 10, 2010 1:45 am

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BigLeeSubmitted by BigLee
on Nov 14, 2006 5:04 pm

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Object Title: Climbing the aid section on Cosmiques Arête

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