The tram ride up was a little uncomfortable...they packed about 50 people inside it
Climbed in worsening conditions. Snowed on the last pitch. Tons of snow with so so stability made it interesting. Technical crux definitely not the real crux of the route.
Lots of snow on the ridge. Made the crux somewhat easier. Exit couloir had beautifull climbing.
cresta totalmente priva di neve... praticamente una via di roccia piuttosto che di misto.
Splendid route with stunning views all around. Prepare for signing autographs and tourists taking pictures of you when you climb the final steps to the terrace of the aiguille du midi station...
Climbed the route with a lot of snow on it which actually made the rock climbing a lot simpler than it might have been. Light snow falling and the promise of worsening weather got us climbing faster than we had planned and we finished the route in under three hours from the hut to the ladder. I climbed with guide Michael Silich who did a great job.
Aborted an attempt at the Mont Blanc Traverse because of high winds and climbed l'arete des cosmiques instead. Lots of fun on rock and ice. Managed the Midi-Plan traverse the day before but turned around half way up the rock on Aiguille du Plan because of buzzing rocks. Got T-stormed on the way back to the Cosmiques Refuge. Nice alpine climbs minus the fixed ropes and chipped rock.
Excellent and beautiful ridge. Roland and I started this classic at 09h30am from "Abri Simond" and arrived at 12h00am. We were lucky as very few people were there. Also the weather was perfect, sun and now clouds all along the route, so we enjoyed and admired the great views. An excellent experience !
This is really a very nice route. I enjoyed the roofsection (there is a sling in place). After the roof the route continues in a straight line to the "summit". Afterwards we climbed the Cosmiques Ridge back to the Telepherique.
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A splendid route. Be sure to do this route when it is not crowded. That way you will enjoy the route so much more.
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First time - Via Glacier du Geant from Helbronner, 28-08-2003
One from the first walks on the glacier. Moments of snowing. Great landscapes.
Second time - from Valle Blanche "camp", 24-06-2005
Mornig asscent to the cable car. We were quite tired after 3 summit traverse with MtBlanc.
Third time - from Aiguille Plan 08-08-2010
Beautyful rigde, worth of recommend. Did in 2 directions, there was't conditions for descent to Requin Hut. Soft snow.
In early spring, sometimes just in a fleece jacket - fantastic weather!; route was in great condition.
Did this route with another 5.8 Rebuffat route on near by Aguille de Cosmiques. Made for a long and outstanding day. We had acclimatized on the Eiger so we didn't even notice the altitude. The south face is a great line with lots of fun and varied crack climbing.
done the day after we climbed the Mont Blanc. nice climbing but very crowded.
Climbed as a warm up for Mt. Blanc. Fun route, but crowded.
Raúl and myself enjoyed very much this superb route !!
Bivied at the Plan du Aiguille for a 3h30 a.m. start and reached the top in 11 hours. Exited on the left-hand side of the Rognon.
Lots of mostly easy rock interspersed with the odd harder pitch. Very loose rock lower down but it improves dramatically once you traverse across to the left-hand side of the arete. The snow / ice pitches seem to go on forever...
i never considered the normal route as a legal way of saying having climbed the aiguille du midi, but after doing the bionassay-mont blanc-maudit-tacul traverse, i do...