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Deserted on the Col du Midi

 
Deserted on the Col du Midi

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Object Title: Deserted on the Col du Midi

Image Type(s): Alpine Climbing, Scenery, Panorama, Humor

 

Page By: BigLee

Created/Edited: Apr 27, 2007 / Apr 27, 2007

Object ID: 288722

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Introduction

Novemeber 2006 and virtually no climbers to be seen anywhere close to the Col du Midi! Perfect weather conditions prevail for days and yet not an ice axe was seen anywhere near Chere Couloir. What's going on? Is this not one of the most popular climbing spots in Europe?

Early November 2006 the Aiguille du Midi lift was closed a for a week for maintainance. While most climbers were catching the last lift back to Chamonix we were catching the last one up knowing full well that there would no escape for a week without a long walk out. The Col du Midi was deserted for the week we spent there and the Mont Blanc Massif has never felt so remote.

Images


Dent du Géant and Grandes Jorasses from the Abri Simond bivi hut shortly before sunset

Dent du Géant and Grandes Jorasses from the Abri Simond bivi hut shortly before sunset

Climbing the aid section on Cosmiques Arête

Climbing the aid section on Cosmiques Arête

Sunset over the south faces of Aiguille Verte, Les Droites and Les Courtes

Sunset over the south faces of Aiguille Verte, Les Droites and Les Courtes

Grandes Jorasses from the Col du Midi

Grandes Jorasses from the Col du Midi

Start of the Midi Plan Traverse

Start of the Midi Plan Traverse

The Aiguille du Midi from on top of the Tacul Triangle before sunset

The Aiguille du Midi from on top of the Tacul Triangle before sunset

The Cosmiques Arête starts above the Abri Simond hut

The Cosmiques Arête starts above the Abri Simond hut

Sunset over Mont Blanc du Tacul from the Abri Simond bivi hut

Sunset over Mont Blanc du Tacul from the Abri Simond bivi hut

Aiguilles du Diable

Aiguilles du Diable

The Mont Blanc massif from the Abri Simond hut at sunset

The Mont Blanc massif from the Abri Simond hut at sunset

The Aiguille du Midi viewed from a short distance along the Midi Plan Ridge

The Aiguille du Midi viewed from a short distance along the Midi Plan Ridge

Sorting rope at the start of the Midi Plan Ridge

Sorting rope at the start of the Midi Plan Ridge

Climbing the couloir at the beginning of Contamine Grisolle on the triangle of Mont Blanc du Tacul

Climbing the couloir at the beginning of Contamine Grisolle on the triangle of Mont Blanc du Tacul

Overhung rock wall behind the Abri Simond hut

Overhung rock wall behind the Abri Simond hut

Platform behind the Abri Simond Hut on the Col Du Midi, Mont Blanc Area

Platform behind the Abri Simond Hut on the Col Du Midi, Mont Blanc Area


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