Climbing the aid section on Cosmiques Arête

Climbing the aid section on Cosmiques Arête rated 4c. The crux slab was vandalised in early summer 2007 when sections of rock were chipped out so maybe it's not quite as hard anymore. Here are some photos of the damage:

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Ejnar Fjerdingstad

Ejnar Fjerdingstad - Nov 15, 2006 10:57 am - Voted 10/10


Looks like a cold day!


BigLee - Aug 1, 2007 8:37 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Cold

Just like a Scottish winter! Fantastic.


BigLee - Aug 14, 2007 1:17 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: ?!?!?

Tell me about it! Idiots


Cyrill - Nov 18, 2007 3:06 pm - Voted 10/10

Cosmiques Arête

the unforgettable impressions of live :-)

Ervinator - Jan 13, 2008 5:14 pm - Hasn't voted

Aaaargh :(

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!".


jonnyb - Feb 25, 2008 9:29 pm - Hasn't voted


Who's the handsome bugger leading?


mills - Mar 8, 2010 3:44 pm - Voted 10/10


Why oh why did somebody go to all that effort to deface the rock, totally unacceptable behaviour !
Like you`r gallery :)


Deltakyp - Nov 10, 2010 1:45 am - Hasn't voted

Ignoring ignorance

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...

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