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Dan BaileyRoute Climbed: various Date Climbed: summer 2001  Sucess!

Dan Bailey

good fun
Posted Feb 10, 2004 11:51 am

il.rocciatoreRoute Climbed: NW Ridge Date Climbed: july 2002  Sucess!

il.rocciatore

My first mixed route and a worthy climb. Nice acclimatisation trip.
Posted Dec 6, 2003 10:50 am

Chamonix ManRoute Climbed: North West Ridge Date Climbed: Tue 28 Jul 2003  Sucess!

Chamonix Man

This is a great training peak and there is no need to get up early for an alpine start. It only takes a couple of hours from the top of the cable car station, and it can be done in the afternoon. When we came down from the climb we descended all the way down to the Argentiere hut to climb the Tour Noir the next day.
Posted Aug 12, 2003 6:39 am

mtselmanRoute Climbed: NW Ridge Date Climbed: August, 2002  Sucess!
A good begginer climb + acclimatization climb.
Posted Jun 6, 2003 12:27 pm

Diego SahagĂșnRoute Climbed: NW Ridge, Normal Date Climbed: July 15, 1990

Diego SahagĂșn

My father, my three brothers and me started to climb at the upper station of the Grand Montet cable car. We were newbies because it was only the second time that we wore crampons, so we only could reach the ridge just over the rimaye. I think that we were unroped so it was a good decision. I remind the amazing views of Aiguille Verte, Les Drus and Mont Blanc Massif. It was only a hike but we had a nice and sunny day of apprenticeship, and could take many photos (slides) that I can't scan now.
Posted Apr 19, 2003 6:06 pm

Andy KennedyRoute Climbed: NW Ridge Date Climbed: 1st August 2002  Sucess!

Andy Kennedy

Climbed with Matt Owen and Helen Taylor to bag our very first Alpine peak. Easy enough but the route was a little too crowded to be overly enjoyable.
Posted Apr 19, 2003 2:32 pm

tneRoute Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: 30 March 2003  Sucess!

tne

Looked like we where the first one to climb Petit Verte since the last snowfall. Had to make our own tracks.



Fun but a bit tricky at times.
Posted Mar 30, 2003 10:48 pm

El Tigre ValderramaRoute Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: March 15 2003  Sucess!

El Tigre Valderrama

Winter 2003: With Tom Fralich, I climbed the little but nonetheless fun peak. We were overconfident and we followed some steps that took us in direction to the ridge, but a bit earlier that what the normal route requires. So we have to solo-traverse snow at 80 degress!. We tried to gain the very rocky ridge to correct the route but this proved difficult, so we rapeled and traversed back to the normal route.



When we got back to the beggining of the climb, we realized that the nromal route was pretty obviuos! It is a fun climb, worth doing it.



Winter 2004: Chevalier Couloir (March 18) Climbed with Tom "Doctor" Fralich. The conditions in the Mont Blanc Massif were not good on this season, with faces with unconsolidated snow and or black ice.



In spite of starting the climb very early, the conditions where not excellent. The couloir presented unconsolidated snow, some 30 to 50 cmts deep, plus small rock and snow avalanches. Once on the ridge, 10 cmts of snow or less covered a slab of alpine, hard ice, making necessary a running belay on screws. The ridge itsefl was very snowy and loose.



Fun climb as well.

Posted Mar 26, 2003 1:17 am

Tom FralichRoute Climbed: See Below Date Climbed: See Below  Sucess!

Tom Fralich

NW Ridge -- March 15, 2003 -- Climbed with Juan Valderrama as a warm-up on our first day in Chamonix and skied back to Argentiere at the end of the day. The short rock step on the summit ridge was fun and the very thin snow crest just before the summit was really exposed. I really enjoyed this route.



ENE (Chevalier) Couloir -- March 18, 2004 -- Climbed with Juan Valderrama in a very poor season for climbing in Chamonix. We slept at the Grands Montets top station so we could start early and find good snow conditions. Even so, the snow in the couloir was deep and unconsolidated and it was a struggle to make progress. Some very small avalanches and stonefall added to the fun. On reaching the NNE Ridge at the Demi-Lune, some hard water ice led to the NW Ridge (Normal Route), which we descended back to Grands Montets. Descent by the normal route was also more difficult than usual due to the poor snow conditions.
Posted Mar 25, 2003 9:44 am

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