We started from the Refuge of Argentiere before 5 AM but the snow was soft and unstable by the time we arrived at the foot of the couloir. The path upwards was quite narrow and not as solid as the Gervasutti couloir on Tour Ronde (climbed 2 days later). After summiting we returned to the Refuge d'Argentiere by the Glacier d' Argentiere under constant threat of stone fall due to the extremely hot weather.
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