Spent an amazing climbing week in Chamonix last summer. This was the preparation practice climb before we hit some serious routes around Chamonix. We climbed it on a dark rainy, cloudy day..very poor visibility, wet and slippery rock, and we had no clue about the drop due to the clouds. One of the best climbing sessions ever!!
Second time up and just to prove I'm an absolute eejit, missed the last ski-lift down. Move fast, its a popular route and if you're stuck behind geriatrics early on, it'll bite you in the ass later. As will waiting in a queue at the abseil point.
Great climbing, serious exposure and the views are beautiful.
Good weather, only one move required thinking, the rest is difficult scrambling, good holds.
With Niek de Jonge
Climbed the SE Arete after doing the first bit of one of the routes on the lower part of the Aiguille. Very enjoyable climb, both approach and descent were snow-covered and required crampons.
Climbed with a new climbing partner met through the OHM in Chamonix. Nice route and a decent partner for a few more Chamonix classics!
Link-up of these two routes.
Very pleasant half day outing with my son Christoph & our guide Eric. We chose the longer 250m direct slab ascent. The rappel from the summit is quite dramatic.
too bad about the weather though last day of the season for me.
Good climbing and less crowded than the SE ridge. The view to Mt Blanc is really good from the top. We did get the hale and thunder for the decent.
Did several routes on the Index. All were fun. The SE ridge was really busy.
Bivi'd at the Index chairlift station and got an early start. Also as it was at the end of the season we had the route to ourselves. Nice introductory route.
Climbed a route through the south face of the Index. First few lengths were bolted but above the grassy ledge we changed over to an unbolted route which we followed to the summit. Nice first-day-of-the-holiday climb.
Luckily we had the route to ourselves, great weather till we got to the summit, then heard a clap of thunder. I think its the quickest I've ever deceanded a route!!! Good route.
My wife Jude and I had the entire mountain to ourselves that day. It was the last week of the season I recall.
Caught the lift up, ambled up the route in the sunshine, abbed off and made it down the descent to just catch the last lift back down.
There was no snow on the ground at all.
not too hard but in brilliant surroundings!
One word... EPIC....but a really nice day went with a big group 3 ropes of two doing the ridge and a rope of three taking a more direct route and meeting us on the upper section of the ridge, least just say we got all jammed up and it took long than expected. Missed the last cable car down and hiked down in the dark. But i had a nice day and the beer tasted good in the valley
SE Ridge --July 18, 2004 -- Climbed the route with Pete from England, who I met on arriving in Chamonix. Nice route - about 3 hrs round-trip from the cable car.
Voie Perroux -- July 12, 2010 -- Mary and I climbed this as part of our 1 month tour of the Alps. Some very fun passages and good for a nice half-day.
The L'Index is one of many easy climbs of the Aiguilles Rouges. I first climbed it in 1976 but can't remember the date, some time in May. I do remember there was a good amount of snow in the couloir coming down from the Col de L'Index which made the descent quick as we glissaded the lower section. If you are spending time on the Rouges side of the valley there is also the Chapelle De La Gliere, Clocher, Clochetons, Aig. De La Perseverance and the Aig. Du Pouce, these last two being a longer walk to get to. They are all very good for training, short climbs and good if the weather on the Mont Blanc side is bad (most of the routes are still good to climb in rainy weather). The bad is that these routes get a lot of traffic ( you can climb the L'Index in 1 hour if you are not trapped in an escalator line!), its most comical at times...but I do remember that I would always meet women climbers that were up to having a bottle of wine later in Chamonix!
My first alpine climb without a guide, just a friend and me. Everybody told us that it is a very popular mountain, so we left early in the morning to be the first on the route. But afterwards we appeared to be alone on the Voie Perroux, on a beautiful day in high season. We were lucky and had a wonderful day, glad we didn't take the SE Ridge. The Voie Perroux is well equiped.