Looks like a cold day!
Just like a Scottish winter! Fantastic.
Tell me about it! Idiots
the unforgettable impressions of live :-)
Maybe a real old-fashioned nature-preserving mountaineer will fill the drilled holes and maybe the city of Chamonix will donate a nice copper sign on the top of the fixed holes saying "If you can't climb it, the aid crack is to the right!".
Who's the handsome bugger leading?
Why oh why did somebody go to all that effort to deface the rock, totally unacceptable behaviour !
Like you`r gallery :)
I took note of your description here before climbing the Arête this July in perfect weather and did find the slots that were cut which looked to just accommodate crampon front points. But thanks to your post, I was on the lookout and mindfully avoided the "aid" of this unfortunate defacement of pristine rock that anyone who requires such aid shouldn't be there in the first place. I feel the same about many placements of fixed rope in areas such as the Hornli ridge on the Matterhorn, but unfortunately due to the numbers that flow up and down that route especially in the summer, they are necessary, though I tried to avoid them as much as possible except to expedite passing. Pity how the true nature of climbing is all to oft spoiled by such props nowadays...