Aiguille du Midi Climber's Log

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mooliczek - Aug 30, 2011 12:58 pm Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2011

Arete des Cosmiques  Sucess!

Two attempts:

The first one - 19/07/2011
Started in the early afternoon, during the blizzard: no footsteps, no other teams on the route, it was like going into nowhere, actually. Have lost much time on routefinding. After several hours, we arrived in front of the crux slab (4c), full covered with ice and snow. The time is the killer - it was too late to continue. We decided to retreat by Cosmiques couloir.

The second one - 22/07/2011
Perfect weather. We climbed up by the Cosmiques couloir again, and have continued the ridge right 'till the end.

Beautiful! Classic one. Not to underappreciate.

Climbed with Igi and Pawel.
Photo gallery - here.


skotty - Aug 16, 2011 3:53 pm Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2011

Amazing views  Sucess!

via the Arête des Cosmiques, great scamble


jck - Aug 16, 2011 2:39 am

Shitty weather  Sucess!

Maybe next time.


RoyD - Aug 8, 2011 12:22 pm Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2011

Frendo Spur  Sucess!

Climbed via the Frendo Spur under good conditions


nattfodd - Jul 17, 2011 9:39 am Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2011

True ascent  Sucess!

Climbed via the Frendo spur, after years of looking at it longingly. Definitely worth the wait.


danleach - May 11, 2011 5:21 am

Cosmiques Ridge  Sucess!

Fantastic route, dry conditions. With Tariq Qureshi


etai101 - Dec 17, 2010 12:28 pm Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2010

fun fun good fun  Sucess!

refering to the cosmique arette


georgen - Jul 25, 2010 9:53 am Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2010

Climbed via arete des cosmiques  Sucess!

Stunning views.


McCannster - Jun 2, 2010 9:49 am Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2010

lazy way  Sucess!

paid the extra 3 euros to take the elevator up to the true summit. With a week of crappy weather preventing us from attemping any of the peaks we wanted to do (Dufour and Blanc), it was nice to still be able to get really high up. -6 C up at the top, overcast but great views.


Simnel - Mar 3, 2010 4:39 pm

As a variation  Sucess!

of the Cosmique arete. I was not too well after an awful night in the Cosmique Hut ..nausea/vomiting/headache/mild the mornining i started but backed off the Cosmique Arete very early leaving my climbing partners to complete the climb. I ascendedthe ridge back to the station.


Lodewijk - Feb 12, 2010 1:31 pm Date Climbed: Jul 1, 1989

Cableway long way back  Sucess!

I don't know if it counts but i reached the summit by cablecar in '89 when i was 5 years old--> my first summit :-) well it probably started my addiction for mountains, should come back one day and climb it


mibu - Nov 2, 2009 5:33 pm Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2007

Cheater's version

First time it was the easy way (tram), next time I will chose a different one.


dabailey - Oct 19, 2009 2:14 am Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2007

Does taking the cable car count?  Sucess!

I want to go back and climb it. Pics


mackus - Oct 13, 2009 9:50 am Date Climbed: May 5, 2005

La grande Frenche Mountaine  Sucess!

It was a cool vista, even if we cheated. Next up, Mt Blanc.


hasemann - Sep 16, 2009 11:06 am Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2009

Arête des Cosmiques  Sucess!

I climbed it via the Arête des Cosmiques route. Beautiful weather and fantastic route!


kteichert - Sep 7, 2009 6:20 pm Date Climbed: May 5, 2005

Cheater's version  Sucess!

I feel bad for signing this log since I took the tram to the top, but I have been to the top, and intend on returning there someday to summit Mont Blanc. So I'll update then.

Dries Desmet

Dries Desmet - Jun 16, 2009 1:35 am Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2009

Normal route climbed

Climbed in very snowy conditions for June! Very nice!


Pablohoney - Mar 27, 2009 12:17 pm

Arete des Cosmiques  Sucess!

A little late in posting, but what a great climb and spectacular area.


mthomas - Mar 1, 2009 11:18 am Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2007

Arete des Cosmiques  Sucess!

My first climb in the Alps. Great introduction! Climbed with Miles Smart.


justahiker - Dec 7, 2008 9:08 am Date Climbed: Oct 25, 2008

Breathtaking views!  Sucess!

Magnificient day and unbeliveable views.
My first time in French Alps and I can only say.... Wooow!

Have to comeback one day and do some real hiking in this area!

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