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Rahel Maria LiuRoute Climbed: Northface Date Climbed: Febr. 2nd, 2001

Rahel Maria Liu

After I had broken off the Contamine Grisolle to the Mont Blanc du Tacul because of the extreme coldness of about -30°C/-22F (although my both companions were continuing the route), I went alone to the glacier plateau of the foot of the Tour Ronde-Northface, knowing that I wouldn't reach the summit that day although not knowing how the day would finally end ... I recognized too late, that the weather was getting worse. Nevertheless, I still reached the Abri Simond Bivouac Hut in the fog although I could not see more then a dark shadow of the end of the Aig. du Midi. My two companions got lost in the fog and the snowstorm on the Géant Glacier. They were also surprised by the sudden weather change like myself and other people and could not return anymore to the Abri Simond. They already wanted to make an unplanned bivouac on the Géant-Glacier (at -30°C and without sleeping-bags etc. .....). After a few hours, they made another attempt - and recognized that they were very close to the Abri Simond Bivouac Hut: just on the S-side of the rock on which the Ref. Cosmiques is located, i.e. a few meters away from the Abri Simond Bivouac, although they thought they were near the E-ridge of the Aig. du Midi .... we have never heard anything anymore about 2 french people who climbed the Chérècouloir that day and were surprised by the weather change as well. They at least did not return to the Abri Simond Bivouac Hut. We did not know whether they also got lost on the Géant Glacier, whether they reached the Aig. du Midi or what happened to them. We also could not inform anybody because we did not have any handy and were being stuck in snow storm in the Abri-Simond-Bivouac Hut.
Posted Mar 5, 2002 11:46 am

dirkclaessenRoute Climbed: North face Date Climbed: July 1986  Sucess!
Short but steep ice climb. Ideal for training for bigger goals. Watch out for rockfall when there are a lot of parties in it. A table-sized rock just missed us by two or three meters!
Posted Dec 29, 2001 4:27 am

Gui LemmensRoute Climbed: Gervasutti couloir Date Climbed: summer 1986  Sucess!

Gui Lemmens

nice mixed climb ( AD+ 50° ice )

less steep than nord face but so much quiet.

we were alone in the face, while the nord face was full of climbers.
Posted Mar 22, 2001 2:29 am

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