Follow the directions for Approach on the Main Page to the SE face of Pointe Lachenal. Care should be taken as with all glacier passages.
220 meters; the start of this climb begins 20 meters above the bergschrund at the base of a sharp rib of rock that is surrounded by ice on three sides. To get to the start, cross the bergschrund near the shoulder of the SE face and then traverse left on this upper portion of ice above the bergschrund 25 meters to the rock arete. In Lindsay Griffin's Mont Blanc Massif Vol.1 guide book, it states that "essential protection in situ." We only had time to climb 30 meters above the rock start and found only one piton 10 meters higher than where we had to stop. There were a few tattered rappel slings at two different heights near the base of the rock start and now a new third sling 30 meters up, otherwise did not see any in situ protection.
I would like to hear additional info from others who have climbed this route to incorporate here and because I plan on going back to complete the climb.
glacier approach gear
two 50 meter ropes
selection of small cams, nuts
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