Aiguille du Midi Climber's Log

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Mister O

Mister O - Sep 23, 2003 2:11 pm

Route Climbed: last stairs to peak platform Date Climbed: april 2003  Sucess!

Was for long the highest point I was ever been. Paid a smacking 31 euros to get a magnificent view on mont blanc and valley of chamonix.

Most difficult part of the route were those two last steps on the stair, because there was a little ice on it, luckily I had my climbing boots on!!!


Andy Kennedy

Andy Kennedy - Aug 22, 2003 9:26 am

Route Climbed: Cosmiques Arete Date Climbed: 30th July 2003  Sucess!

Climbed in very dry conditions altering the charcter of the route some what! No snow at all except for the final bit of horizontal ridge leading to the short aided section. Lengthy detours ensued resulting in one missed cable car and another night spent in the station!


eugeneowen - Jul 22, 2003 9:33 am

Route Climbed: Arete des Cosmiques Date Climbed: 22 June 2003  Sucess!

Started and ended at the Aguille du Midi cable car - did a round trip down the snort snow ridge, over the Col and then onto the actual Cosmiques Ridge. My 1st climb with crampons over mixed terrain on a great sunny day.


7summits - May 6, 2003 2:57 pm

Route Climbed: Cosmiques Arete Date Climbed: 29th April 2003  Sucess!

Very windy day, but beautiful route. We were the only ones. Ending was different, we climbedNW of the last ridge which was interesting, especially wearing a large pack with 2 pairs of snowshoes :-)


athpal - Apr 24, 2003 3:41 am

Route Climbed: Arete des Cosmiques Date Climbed: 20 August 2002  Sucess!

It was an easy nice climb in variable weather conditions. It took to us about 3 hours because of traffic.

Probemeister - Mar 27, 2003 4:18 am

Route Climbed: Midi-plan traverse and Cosmiques arete Date Climbed: July o1 and aug 02  Sucess!

The Midi-Plan is an excellent route on snow and rock, PD, we did it there and back in quite a fierce storm, careful navigation required on the broader bit of the ridge near the Midi due to a real white out, not just a snowstorm.

The Cosmiques arete is quite a cheesy climb, it's cheesy alpinism and the climbing isn't that great either, dusty rock, crowds and crap moves. I'd save this one for a good snowstorm, make sure it's not an electrical storm though! As a snowed up rock route it would be great.

Tom Fralich

Tom Fralich - Mar 26, 2003 10:41 am

Route Climbed: See Below Date Climbed: See Below  Sucess!

Cosmiques Arete -- March 21, 2003 -- Climbed with Juan Valderrama after taking an early morning cable car. Really fun climb! Since Juan had climbed the route already, he was nice enough to let me lead the most interesting pitches. We were looking forward to a nice lunch at the end of the climb, but when we got to the top station, we realized that we had both forgotten to bring any money!

Cosmiques Spur (Rebuffat-Pierre) -- June 3, 2005 -- Climbed with Philippe Gerschel on a very hot day in Chamonix. Very sustained climbing at UIAA IV on steep rock. We used three moves of aid (with etriers) to pass the crux roof, making the route V A1. Very solid rappel anchors (bolts) allowed us to return quickly to our packs at the bottom of the route. The snow on the way back to the Aig du Midi was incredibly soft. We took about 3 hours for the route.


Frank - Feb 23, 2003 7:34 am

Route Climbed: Arret du cosmique Date Climbed: July 2001/August 2002  Sucess!

Climbed it 2 times. Great conditions in summer 2001 and 2002. Route does not reach the summit, but begins at the Cabane du Cosmique and end at the lift station Aguille du Midi


TodoVertical - Dec 4, 2002 12:31 pm

Route Climbed: Arête des Cosmiques Date Climbed: Aug. 7th. 1997  Sucess!

Climbing along with Jesús this beutiful route.


kullaberg - Nov 27, 2002 8:43 pm

Route Climbed: eperon de cosmiques, voie classique Date Climbed: 1988  Sucess!

fine alternative to the rebuffat on midi proper, if that one is too crowded. 5.8 and a little more adventurous (no fixed anchors in '88).


kullaberg - Nov 27, 2002 8:41 pm

Route Climbed: face sud, rebuffat Date Climbed: 1988  Sucess!

probably most popular rock route in the entire mont blanc massif. super solid multi pitch 5.9 with outstanding climbing. only practical way to beat the crowds is to do it in may or so followed by a ski descent of vallee blanche.


kullaberg - Nov 27, 2002 8:36 pm

Route Climbed: frendo spur Date Climbed: summer 1987  Sucess!

fine mixed route in the classic idiom. big climb, thousands of feet of technical ground. about 5.7 with some very steep ice options up top (or the classic rebuffat aid rognon, didn't do). lift station on summit, runs year round. really good bivy spots after rock section.


kullaberg - Nov 27, 2002 8:30 pm

Route Climbed: arete de cosmiques Date Climbed: 1985  Sucess!

fun beginner route. extremely crowded. m twight recommends as foul weather training climb. safe and non commital


climbit - Oct 18, 2002 2:47 pm

Route Climbed: Arete Cosmiques Date Climbed: Sep 14,15  Sucess!

Climbed the upper ridge with Marco and Alberto on the morning of the 14th then climbed the lower ridge back to the Refuge on the afternoon of the 15th after climbing the Tacul Glacier route. Excellent stuff. Wonderful weather on the Midi Glacier plain. Loved the fixed, hand-tied etrier on the 5.10 crux pitch... I guess that makes it 5.7 A1 YDS, no?


bruno.carbonne - Sep 6, 2002 3:32 am

Route Climbed: South face Rebuffat-Baquet Date Climbed: august 31 2002  Sucess!

After a snowy night in a tent on the glacier we were lucky enough to have 2 or 3 hours of acceptable weather to climb this short but superb route

Chamonix Man

Chamonix Man - Aug 10, 2002 8:15 am

Route Climbed: Cosmiques Arrete Date Climbed: August 2001  Sucess!

A great climb in rotten conditions: there had been snow fall that morning and visibility was down to 15 metres. As a result it took a long time but it was worth it. Slept in the Cable-car station (great altitude training!)


mountaindog - Jul 30, 2002 11:48 am

Route Climbed: Cosmique Arete Date Climbed: July 2002  Sucess!

Great little mixed route. Good into for one wanting to try their hand at mixed climbing. Too bad the route is so short.


LuisCandeias - Jul 18, 2002 7:39 am

Route Climbed: traversée de la vallée blanche Date Climbed: August 2000  Sucess!

Climbed with a large group of beginners and two guides. The purpose was initiation to mountaineering, so we did it the long and slow way, all the way from Montenvers. After two days walking it was strange to meet all the tourists that arrive by cable car.

Fun and easy ice+snow plod.


phillinley - Jul 15, 2002 6:27 am

Route Climbed: Valley Blanche Date Climbed: July 14 2002  Sucess!

Left from the Italian side of the lifts and marched across the valley in an almost total whiteout after a foot and a half of snow had fallen the following night. The glacier was very alive that day. The ridge was fairly treacherous on the way to the Midi given the new snow.

El Tigre Valderrama

El Tigre Valderrama - Jun 18, 2002 5:50 pm

Route Climbed: Arete des Cosmiques / S-W Ridge Date Climbed: Summer 2001  Sucess!

This is one of the best routes I have done, together with the Cabeza de Condor in Bolivia and the Nevado de Toluca in Mexico.

March 21, 2003: repeated the ridge with Thomas J. Fralich. Still one of my favorite routes

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