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SimnelNormal route  Sucess!


Very large bergschrund and lots of ice...2003 was a bad year in the alps due to the heat wave so what was ment to be an 'easy' day out was not! As mountaineering should be! Great climb and wonderful abseil descents to race back to catch the very last cable car down for the season. We made it just in time.
Posted Mar 3, 2010 4:14 pm

hasemannNW Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2009


Followed the NW ridge to the summit in perfect weather. It was a beautiful route and we were almost the only people there despite the time of year.
Posted Sep 16, 2009 11:15 am

pabloRoute Climbed: Normal
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2009


Florence and I attempted this climb as an end to our holidays in Chamonix. The icy/delicate conditions of the approach and late departure make as decide to go back just 1 pitch from the summit. Descent was great and we could take the train down. Excellent experience anyhow. Florence passed successfully her alpine initiation phase. Alpinism implies as well to know when is needed to drop the ascent. We will try again for sure.
Posted Aug 25, 2009 3:18 am

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

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