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il.rocciatoreRoute Climbed: Couloir du Gardien Date Climbed: may 2014  Sucess!

il.rocciatore

Great snow conditions around the Cabane Panossère end of May 2014. Short portage of skis on top of the Couloir du Gardien, all firm snow, no ice. Combined both Grand Combin de Grafeneire and Grand Combin de Valsorey.

Long trip (+/- 1800 altimeters), but very rewarding. Ski descent makes it all easier and more fun!
Posted Jun 10, 2014 5:35 pm

climbxclimbMetin Ridge NW flank  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2012

climbxclimb

Engaging and long climb.
We climbed the Metin ridge and used the north face as descent route.
Poor visibility, and slow progress made us choose another descent route from the plateau below the north face instead of the Meitin col we took the lower col this brought us very far away from the Solvery hut .....
Posted Jul 23, 2012 4:13 pm

andre hangaardA hard days work!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 23, 2010

andre hangaard

With my friend, the SP'er Sputnik we climbed the Grand Combin with snow shoes in the very end of the ski season. We left the François Xavier Bagnoud Hut at Pannosiere at 00:45 and went for the NW-flank (Couloire du Gardien.) The flank was in good condition. Two icy sections up at the final serac when exiting the NW-flank. At 09:00hrs we stood on the summit of Grand Combin de Valsorey and at 10:00hrs we summited Grand Combin de Grafeneire.


We diverted from our initial plan also to climb Grand Combin de Tsesette as we were behind schedule and feared the soft snow in the "Corridor". Thus we descended the same way as we came, down through the NW-flank. We belayed two pitches through the icy seraczone. Needless to add that Sputnik and myself where the only one's going by foot that day...


A truly and beautiful, rather remote part of the Valais.


Posted Jun 8, 2010 3:30 am

mulidivareseIsler (arete sud): never again  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2009

mulidivarese

Viewed by far the arete sud, named also Isler shoulder, seemed snowy and in good condiciton. Actually the sun of the past few days melted a lot of the snow, and we found a lot, too much ice.
Loosy rocks, falling ice, an uneasy and unsafe way.
Much more convenient, if dry and without snow the Meilin ridge. Safer, faster, better.
than we traversed to the Grafenier and we went down by the Coluoir de Guardien. Another interesting time through the serracs. great mountain anyway.
Valerio
Posted Jul 27, 2009 3:44 am

boriskrielenRoute Climbed: SW-face solo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2009

boriskrielen

Climbed the SW-face solo in 3 hours. Excellent climbing in good snow/ice. Last part streight to the summit of Combin de Valsorey is often more than 60 degrees, particularly between the rocks. After that I also climbed all the other summits of the Grand Combin: Grand Combin de Grafeneire, Auguille du Croissant, Combin de la Tsessette W-top, Combin de la Tsessette. The Mur de la Cote was easy. Descent via the Corridor.
Posted Jul 22, 2009 1:23 pm

Peter KRoute Climbed: NW-flank (Couloir du gardien)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 23, 2009

Peter K

With skis from the Cabane de Panossière via Couloir du gardien to the main summit, same way back. "Corridor" is more advisable for a ski descent in place of the couloir. 6h to the summit, 9h in total.
Great conditions! Overwhelming view of the mountains around Zermatt and Chamonix!
Posted Jun 16, 2009 5:42 am

FlachlandtirolerTraverse Meitin Ridge / NW-flank  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2008
Valsorey hut -> Arrete Meitin (few sections of real climbing, dry+bolted) -> Combin de Valsorey -> Combin Grafeneire -> NW-flank -> re-ascent Col du Meitin -> Valsorey hut.

Took 15.5 hours due to belaying the whole NW-flank (very few steep sections but all hard...icy). Most of the ~20 aspirants returned via west ridge -- faster but prone to rockfall when escaping to the south side of the ridge.

A larger, guided group one day before on the same route that we did took nearly the same time.

Very isolated peak with 360° panorama.
Posted Sep 4, 2008 6:49 am

CyrillGrand Combin 4314m  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 26, 2006

Cyrill

Fantastic Ski - Tour to Grand Combin 4314m.

my picture are here: Link to Grand Combin
Posted Nov 8, 2007 4:49 am

jvdmGrand Combin summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2007

jvdm

Located between the Mont Blanc group and the high Wallis mountains Grand Combin summit may provide the best view point of the Alps. But, according to the hut boss: c'est une grande course!
Posted Aug 19, 2007 5:32 am

erik_ravenstijnRoute Climbed: NW-flank  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2007

erik_ravenstijn

A long but beautiful day from the Panosierre hut. We found the north west flank to be in very good conditions, good snow enabled us to do a relatively quick trip without any serious belaying. When this face becomes icy, this tour is a complete different story!
Posted Jul 21, 2007 6:55 pm

Pierre smetsersRoute Climbed: south and partly the Isler route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2006

Pierre smetsers

The conditions in the morning where optimal, but when descending a lot of stones where flying down
Posted Nov 21, 2006 10:40 pm

sirocoArête du Meitin
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2006

siroco

Cabane de Valsorey - Combin de Valsorey - Combin de Grafeneire
Posted Jul 17, 2006 1:04 pm

joe_akeemRoute Climbed: NW Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2001

joe_akeem

The NW face was mostly ice. Had to belay through most of it.
Posted Jul 1, 2006 11:10 am

andrea.itRoute Climbed: South-west face Date Climbed: 17 july 2004  Sucess!

andrea.it

Climbed the south-west face istead the west ridge because too much snow.Very steepy and dangerous.
Posted Aug 9, 2004 8:57 am

LAMONTAGNECOMBIN DE VALSOREY
Date Climbed: Sep 20, 2003

LAMONTAGNE

A challenge achieved with the help of a good team spirit. Weather condition were exceptional. The vertical at 60 degrees impressed me. Jean-René (Guide) Patrick and Pascal
Posted Nov 24, 2003 3:52 pm

Scott PierceRoute Climbed: NW Face Direct Date Climbed: 15 July 1999

Scott Pierce

Just Scott, Mike and me. Rope stayed coiled, no other people on the mountain--and a beautiful summer day. Must return in the spring to ski the face.
Posted Oct 27, 2003 7:26 pm

Chamonix ManRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: 07 Aug 03  Sucess!

Chamonix Man

A great little peak with some difficulties. It took 2 hrs to the col, and then three hours to the Valsorrey summit. We left the hut at 0330hrs. I would advise descending the same way as other routes are exposed to stone fall and involve scree.
Posted Aug 12, 2003 7:41 am

Mathias ZehringRoute Climbed: NW flank Date Climbed: July 17th 2000  Sucess!

Mathias Zehring

for me it was my longest day ever in the mountains - 21 hours from and to the Cabane de Pannossiere! Because two of us were not so experienced we belayed the whole flank and this costs time... But weather was fine, we were alone on such a huge and beautiful mountain. It was like doing an expedition and a great experience. We descended over the Corridor route.

I did the same two years earlier with ski. This is more convenient.

For someone who is used to climbing north faces it might be easy. For my skills it was more than enough.
Posted Jul 14, 2002 2:27 pm

PliziRoute Climbed: up south rib down NW-face Date Climbed: june 2000  Sucess!

Plizi

Nice mmountain with little people where climber

can be allone with nice view from Mont Blanc to

Monte Rosa.
Posted Jun 21, 2002 3:47 am

kletterwebbiRoute Climbed: NW-Face (Vanis-Route) Date Climbed: August 2001  Sucess!

kletterwebbi

We found best conditions, really great. We do not use the rope at any time. Very good, not so difficult route.



There where no people at the whole mountain in mid of august - curious...
Posted Apr 25, 2002 6:15 am

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