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NW Flank and SW Ridge (Normal)

 
NW Flank and SW Ridge (Normal)

Page Type: Route

Location: Wallis (Arolla), Switzerland, Europe

Lat/Lon: 45.98330°N / 7.41670°E

Object Title: NW Flank and SW Ridge (Normal)

Route Type: Mountaineering, Scrambling

Time Required: Most of a day

Difficulty: PD Snow / Glacier / Scramble

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Page By: Fred Spicker, Moni

Created/Edited: Oct 26, 2003 / Apr 30, 2009

Object ID: 159178

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Mont Blanc de Cheilon
The route starts at the right side of the photo (Col de Cheilon)
and climbs just over the right skyline.

 
Mont Blanc de Cheilon
View up from Col de Cheilon

Overview

The Northwest Flank and Southwest Ridge is the normal route on the mountain and the usual descent route. It is a scenic, popular and frequently climbed route without much difficulty in normal conditions, but snow and ice on the Southwest Ridge can complicate the ascent considerably.

Approach

 
Mont Blanc de Cheilon
Beginning of the route




The route begins at the Col de Cheilon (3243 m) that is most easily reached from the Dix Hut with a straightforward one-hour walk across the Cheilon Glacier and up its moraines on a good track.

See the main page for the routes to the Dix Hut.

Route Description

Mont Blanc de Cheilon from the Col de Cheilon
Approximate line of the route from Col de Cheilon

From the Col de Cheilon climb an obvious rock rib or the snow slopes immediately adjacent to it to the glacier above. Ascend this (crevasses) to the obvious saddle in the Southwest Ridge, which is then followed to the summit. Climbing on the Southwest Ridge is normally mixed snow and rock, which can be icy and / or heavily corniced depending on the time of year and conditions.

If conditions are poor, it is possible to continue a short ways past the Col de Cheilon and climb to the saddle on the glacier all the way via more gently slopes.


Climbing Photos

 
Mont Blanc de Cheilon
Low on the route
 
Mont Blanc de Cheilon
At start of SW Ridge
 
Starting up the Southwest...
Starting the SW Ridge

 
Mont Blanc de Cheilon
Climbing on SW Ridge
 
Mont Blanc de Cheilon
Climbing on SW Ridge
 
SW Ridge Mont Blanc de Cheilon
Climbing on SW Ridge

Essential Gear

Normal glacier travel equipment.

Images