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Grandes Jorasses
Grandes Jorasses south-east side. Photo credit Y. 08/1967


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signorellilThe highest rock face of the MB range

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Does it look small? Actually, is 200 mt higher than the famous north face!

This is it - the Tronchey Wall. Only three routes passes on this face, and all have never been repeated!

1) Rand Herron - Elisee Croux in 1926 did a long ascending traverse on the upper part of the face from right to left, escaping from the Tronchey Ridge

2) Alessandro Gogna and Guido Machetto ascended the lower overhangs and then continued over the (rotten) middle spur (they where the first humans to pass the small and extremely crevassed Tronchey glacier). This route was most aid (A1 - A2)

3) Famed ice specialists Giancarlo Grassi and Renzo Luzi with Maurizo Rossi opened, after seven attempts, a "direttissima" over the ephemeral gully starting from the Tronchey glacier over a series of overhaning icefalls (scottish V - VI), then over a 250 mts horizontal traverse (non reversible) and then up a 80° snow and ice couloir). It took three days for the FA to complete. Accessing the beginning of the route takes at least one day, and is not straightforward. One of the most serious and committing routes of the entire alps, never repeated
Posted Nov 20, 2003 5:08 pm

VelebitRe: The highest rock face in MB summit


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Very useful and nice information signorellil, thanks. If I was the maintainer of Grandes Jorasses page I would embed it into the text on main page. GJ is such an important mountain but it is quite 'poorly' represented on SP, at least in my opinion, which is pity.
Posted Nov 20, 2003 5:59 pm

desainmeRe: The highest rock face in MB summit


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Rand Herron fell down the Great Pyramid (class 3 or 4?) and died.

Posted Feb 18, 2004 9:58 am

omRe: The highest rock face in MB summit


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Do you want to maintain Grandes Jorasses Page ?
Posted Feb 19, 2004 8:30 am

signorellilRe: The highest rock face in MB summit

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If you're interested, I volunteer...

Posted Feb 19, 2004 8:45 am

VelebitRe: The highest rock face in MB summit


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Om, thanks for the offer but GJ is not my backyard mountain so I don't consider myself qualified enough to be its maintainer. I could improve it but never to the level that I would like to achieve because of lack of personal experience. If signorellil can make it better you can give it to him. I hope that you don't mind my comment but I think page is too scarce for the mountain which is significant on the world level. Cheers, Aleksandar
Posted Feb 19, 2004 4:01 pm

Kenzo Okawapowerful photo!

Kenzo Okawa

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Thanks for posting OM.
Posted Jan 22, 2004 11:55 pm



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Up to this moment, I had not seen any pictures of this face. Beautiful.
Posted Feb 18, 2004 9:40 am

signorellilAlmost one mile high

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According to the latest survey, the height of this wall is 1435 m., from the glacier to the top of Pointe Walker
Posted Mar 1, 2004 1:42 pm



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I followed your desire on planetmountain...........;-)
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on Jan 15, 2002 10:29 am

Image ID: 3841
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Lat/Lon: 45.86670°N / 6.98330°E
Object Title: Grandes Jorasses

Image Type(s): Alpine Climbing