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ericvolaEast ridge and Ottoz  Sucess!

ericvola

climbed 6 or 7 times by the East ridge and the Ottoz route
Posted Dec 26, 2013 2:22 am

secanderArête E  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2013

secander

Summited with Rose after deciding to ignore the ominous dark clouds coming over us from the Mont Blanc direction. About 1 min after summiting, the downpour started. We were pummeled by hail and rain. We quickly started our descent and Rose was no more than a few meters down when I heard the summit emitting a eerie buzzing noise which I surmise was due to the static electricity accompanying the storm. I down-climbed as fast as possible to a point about 20 m below the summit with some degree of shelter. Thankfully there was no lightening strike on our peak, and the storm passed almost as fast as it came. We finished the rappel in relative comfort (minus the rope getting stuck in a rather tenacious crack). The buzzing summit taught me my lesson... never risk climbing in the alps when thunderstorms are a possibility.
Posted Aug 4, 2013 12:05 pm

Silvia MazzaniOttoz-Grivel  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 1978

Silvia Mazzani

Nice granite-climb
Posted Nov 27, 2012 5:50 pm

salodangerE ridge

salodanger

Bailed at the rap station 2/3 up the route due to approaching darkness. Nice route that far.
Posted Sep 8, 2012 10:26 pm

FrançoisJarête est  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 1990

FrançoisJ

west ridge with german guy
Posted Mar 26, 2010 2:43 pm

pabloRoute Climbed: East   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2009

pablo

Nico, my brother Gabi and I from A. du Midi (9:30) to summit at (13:30), climbing in boots - a 4+ "chamoniard" ; )) ... great preparation for Dent Du Geant. You know why it's called pyramide in the end .... After negotiating the ugly rimaye and traversing some impressive crevasses ... then we celebrated with some beers and made night in Torino Hut.

Posted Aug 24, 2009 8:19 am

rivenRoute Climbed: East Ridge, Summer 2008
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2008

riven

Backed off half way up. The slab climbing was getting a bit sketchy in mountaineering boots. It also started hailing just after we finished retreating which was lucky!
Posted Jan 4, 2009 7:08 pm

GrippedEast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2006

Gripped

A fun day out with a friend. The way back took longer than the way down from the Midi!
Posted Sep 15, 2006 2:47 pm

IceMonkeyEast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2006

IceMonkey

Fantastic route. Got the 7am cable car up to the midi, and took a nice casual stroll to the base of the climb. Did the climb in 8 pitches took 3.5 - 4hrs, starting on the right (2 extra rock pitches). Rappeling down is a bit of a pain mind, one of the ropes got stuck, and had to climb up to free it. Then it was off back to the midi, which always seems to take double the time on the way back. But all in all a great recommended route.
Posted Aug 9, 2006 12:14 pm

Tom FralichRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: July 27, 2004  Sucess!

Tom Fralich

Very nice climb - fairly sustained at around 5.5 - done with Philippe Gerschel. The route was much longer than I expected. We climbed in about 8 pitches starting from the foot of the ridge (using the alternate right-hand start). Access via the normal left-hand start seemed uncertain due to the very broken glacier. We descended by rappelling the route in 6 double-rope rappels. This was a bit of a pain since the rappels are not very clean and the rope is easily trapped behind flakes and blocks. Definitely a worthy route.
Posted Aug 2, 2004 1:10 pm

cherokeeRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: August 8, 1977  Sucess!

cherokee

This is a nice short rock climb easy to get to from the Aiguille Du Midi (or Col Du Geant). You can easily put together a series of nice climbs in this area.
Posted Jun 2, 2004 3:31 pm

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