squeezed this in before a stretch of bad weather. lives up to the hype.
Magnificent route, very nice weather.
in perfect weather.
A beautiful experience in perfect wheather!
Climbed the Cosmique Ridge under wintery conditions during an alpine instructor course!
A very beautiful route and the weather were perfect. It was my first real alpine route and it was great fun! Did the first half of the route with crampons but it wasn't really necessary as most of the snow had melted.
Florence and I enjoyed this beautiful climb arriving to A. du Midi just to pick up the train back to Chamonix. A symbolic climb as it was my 1rst time guiding, alpine initiation put into practice for Florence and a rende-vous "message" promise from my previous climb 3 years later to Florence.
Climbed this as a warmup/acclimatization climb but it ended up being one of the most fun climbs I have ever done. Only wish it was longer. Climbed it in crampons. Placed one of those new mini tricams only because it was new and I wanted to. Highly highly recommended!
Very fun mini climb. First time in boots, second time on crampons.
Greatly enjoyed this climb with my son Christoph (assisted by Eric, a local guide). We had dramatic views of the cliffs along a great route. The 4c crux was definitely hard to overcome (wearing crampons is definitely essential). We were amazed at the number of tourists watching from the deck at the end!
We climbed the mixed slope up to gendarme at 3731m and then turned around. I felt bit sick and there were a LOT of snow and quite strong wind. No one else on the ridge that day =) We just made it to last cabine down.
My first real alpine climb, and a lot of good fun despite an injury. It had snowed heavily the day before (60-80cm) and I had the honour of breaking trail on the arête du midi.
I ended up taking a small fall on the 2nd rappel (poor communication with the guide, and he didn't want me abseiling on my own) which resulted in a sprained ankle, but the pain really kicked in only when I was back down in the valley (I couldn't walk by the evening), allowing me to finish the climb safely, and even put all my weight on the damaged ankle for the crux slab... I was back climbing after three weeks.
Used the cable car to get to the Aiguille du Midi, descended to refuge de Cosmique. We left most of our gear at the refuge and started the climb of the ridge.
Waited untill noon so the crowds both on the route and at the balcony were gone. No cheering Japanese for me :( Fun little climb though.
A really fun route. Love the ending!
Once we traversed the valle blanche we arrived at Cosmique hutte quite early. So why not? a bit of excercise and some nic eclimbing. In view of the long mount blanc traverse the day after.
So the full of entuxiasm we begun our climbing in quite fast way. It toke a bit the part with the 4c slab: we were widount any equipement apart few strings, rope, 4 express. Better have always 1-2 camalot! Anyway very nice and spectacular
Valerio and Giacomo
Fine route, although I needed the fixed rope.
go early, to avoid crowds, good intro to mix.
I enjoyed this route so much! My thanks to Herve Thivierge for recomending it and for taking me there.
Coolest climb of my life! Early in season and an early start gave us the ridge to ourselves.