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North face

North face

North face

Page Type: Route

Location: Wallis, Switzerland, Europe

Lat/Lon: 46.00000°N / 7.65000°E

Object Title: North face

Route Type: Snow & 55° Ice mostly

Time Required: Most of a day

Difficulty: TD-

Route Quality: 
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Page By: schadik

Created/Edited: Apr 13, 2002 / Apr 13, 2002

Object ID: 156356

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You get to the Valais in Switzreland and find the Zinal valley (Val de Zinal).
From there you walk south out of town (Zinal) and get yourself to the Cabane de Mountet 2886m.

Route Description

In the morning you will head southeast across the Glacier de Mountet to the base of the North Couloir.
Follow the Couloir up to the base of the 450m, 55°, N Face and keep on going to the top.

Essential Gear

Generaly one maybe two Technical ice axes crampons and a few screws, bit of rope food water etc etc etc


1st Hans Kiener, Rudolf Schwarzberger, 30 July 1930.
1st descent, group of eight, JC Berger, Maurice Brandt, Remy Monnet, Charles Monnier, Adrien Voillat, Rose Voillat, André Zurbuchen et Andre Melli 13 july 1959.
1st winter ascent, Pierre Sala, Bernard Steulet, 1 march 1969.
1st ski descent, Martin Buurtscher, Kurt Jeschke, 16 july 1977.

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The approach from Cabane De Mountet to the N-face is not that easy. It is pretty hard to find your track through the part of the glacier which is called "Le Coeur", because of the large number of crevasses. Start early. If this approach looks to hard, it is also possible to reach the N-face by climbing Wellenkuppe first and traverse to the N-face.
Posted Jan 18, 2003 2:31 am

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