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barrysnorth face
Date Climbed: Apr 19, 2007


Last day of 3 days tuition with a guide, in thick cloud with a strong wind. I was absolutely terrified. We made it over the rimaye, up the face and onto the summit ridge but couldn't see more than a few meters, we were probably only metres from the summit but I didn't even care, I just wanted to get back down!! Which we did by the normal route. My girlfriend wanted to continue to the summit which shames me I guess!!
Posted Aug 8, 2009 9:35 pm

AndrewSmythWhite-out  Sucess!


Climbed it 3 days after a disasterous day in the Alps in a whiteout. Was still recovering from a previous ordeal so was a bit slow. Took the left hand route which is rated PD+ but conditions were pretty poor and snow was very unstable.
Posted Feb 23, 2009 2:14 am

CharlesA long time agao  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 1985


Or then abouts!
Posted Aug 21, 2008 11:26 am

klwagarcold and windy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2008


Not very crowded due to the conditions. But a really fun climb
Posted Aug 8, 2008 12:23 pm

Leendertschwabridge  Sucess!


We went up the glacier and followed the rock ridge on the right to the summit.
Posted May 2, 2008 7:00 am

icypeakNW Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2007


Really nice mixed climb. Had the mountain to ourselves first thing in the morning but soon the crowds arrived, which made going back down the ridge a wee bit challenging with the crowds making their way up. In all, we took less than 3 hours at a very easy pace.
Posted Jun 25, 2007 8:22 am

climbxclimbGood short climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2006


Climbed the ice/snow face up to the summit
Posted Apr 11, 2007 1:56 pm

LortnocGood fun  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 7, 2007


Climbed the NE-ridge and back down via the normal route. Varied and fun climb, everything is in there: bergschrund, steep firn, rock climbing, rapelling etc. Excellent conditions.
Posted Apr 10, 2007 3:30 pm

tphubbardA pleasant bimble!  Sucess!


Very pleasant little wander.
Posted Jan 28, 2007 3:47 pm

BartGreat intro to mixed climbing.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2006


Climbed the normal route in the very hot july month. After a quite steep climb up the face we came to the ridge which we climbed with crampons on most of the way. Great fun and good practice, especially with our guide shouting at us to go faster constantly, really keeps you focused! Highly recommended.
Posted Nov 6, 2006 8:35 am

GrippedNW Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2006


Fun after a fresh dump of snow. Up the ridge and down the face with a novice. A good place to practise skills, moving together, down climbing, releasable axe abesils, crevasse rescue and so on.
Posted Sep 15, 2006 2:35 pm

simoRoute Climbed: NW ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 26, 2006
Wonderful ridge with very much snow and funny climbing
Posted Mar 27, 2006 3:54 pm

philippe bridgemanRoute Climbed: North West Ridge Date Climbed: July 2004  Sucess!

philippe bridgeman

Nice easy short route with a variety of skills used. The French guides kept removing every ones gear which made the route a little more interesting.
Posted Nov 29, 2005 7:35 am

am89Route Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: July 5th, 2005  Sucess!


Climbed the Petit Aiguille as part of training for the Mont Blanc- took the usual way down the Point de Vue piste until Lognan. First time hiking on a glacier.
Posted Oct 10, 2005 10:19 pm

steveejRoute Climbed: NW Face Date Climbed: 17 July 2005  Sucess!


Bivvied on the scree below the Grand Montets station through a crystal clear night.

Left the bivvy at 06:15 and ascended the path towards the normal route before traversing left underneath the face to the rimaye.

Good screws below the surface layer at the rimaye and the the lower 2/3rds of the face (Good ice! ). Top 3rd of the face poorer snow/ice but with the angle easing. Face feels a lot steeper than 50/55 degrees, steeper than it looks. Managed 4 screws in the face but could have placed more.

1st party to summit that day. Descent via the normal that was then getting crowded.

Good acclimatisation route.
Posted Sep 18, 2005 10:37 am

davis13Route Climbed: Left hand ridge Date Climbed: June 05  Sucess!


Drove for 9 hours straight and then started the climb with no sleep. Went straight up the middle to the bergschrund and then over to the left ridge. Less crowded and a lot of fun. Mixed snow/ice/rocks.
Posted Aug 2, 2005 3:18 pm

fdoctorRoute Climbed: NW Face Date Climbed: July 2004  Sucess!


A fun little ice route in conditions more like Patagonia than France in the Summer! Fairly easy apart from a large bergschrund, then joining the NW Ridge to the summit.
Posted Jun 12, 2005 2:11 pm

noahRoute Climbed: normal route Date Climbed: summer 2004


Had a late start and meet a lot of returning traffic in the lower part of the rocky ridge so we turned back. Camped the night and intended to climb the ENE colior the next day but was not in good condition so opted for a little rock climbing.
Posted Oct 16, 2004 5:54 pm

flearretaRoute Climbed: From Lognan via Glacier du Argentiere Date Climbed: August 10, 2004  Sucess!


It was my first climb this summer so I wanted to give it an extra effort for the sake of proper acclimatization. To accomplish this, I started from Lognan (end of first telepherique) as opposed to taking both telepheriques up to Grands Montets and starting from there. From Lognan is a vertical height gain of 1500 mts. I soloed the route in 4.5 hours. Nice view of the Drus...you can hear from summit ridge the almost non-stop rock fall happening in the Petit Dru.
Posted Sep 8, 2004 12:38 pm

cherokeeRoute Climbed: Ordinary Route Date Climbed: July 29, 1977  Sucess!


Climbed the ordinary route then went on to climb the Grands Montets Ridge and the Aiguille Verte. A nice area to go to when the other areas are crowded.
Posted Jun 2, 2004 2:00 pm

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