Grand Combin Climber's Log

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Ryland - Jul 18, 2019 6:26 am Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2019

Excellent climbing and great views  Sucess!

This was a great climb with a Swiss guide for my first AD route via Arete du Meitin. Rock climbing enjoyable though care must be taken on some loose (but not steep) sections. Visited Combin de Valsorey and Combin de Grafeneire, and descended the steep ice down the northwest flank. The Cabane de Valsorey was delightful.


boriskrielen - Feb 5, 2018 5:14 am Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2009

S-face / Corridor traverse solo  Sucess!

Climbed it solo, up via S-face of Combin de Valsorey > Grand Combin de Grafeneire > Aiguille du Croissant > Combin de la Tsessette W-top > Combin de la Tsessette > Corridor down.

sam__cash - Apr 14, 2015 7:39 am Date Climbed: Apr 12, 2015

Route Climbed: Plateau du Couloir then South Face  Sucess!

Great route from the Valsorey hut. Great conditions and some nice steps cut by prior groups. There were maybe 5/6 groups ascending the South Face of Grand Corbin from the Valsorey hut.


il.rocciatore - Jun 10, 2014 5:35 pm

Route Climbed: Couloir du Gardien Date Climbed: may 2014  Sucess!

Great snow conditions around the Cabane Panossère end of May 2014. Short portage of skis on top of the Couloir du Gardien, all firm snow, no ice. Combined both Grand Combin de Grafeneire and Grand Combin de Valsorey.

Long trip (+/- 1800 altimeters), but very rewarding. Ski descent makes it all easier and more fun!


climbxclimb - Jul 23, 2012 4:13 pm Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2012

Metin Ridge NW flank  Sucess!

Engaging and long climb.
We climbed the Metin ridge and used the north face as descent route.
Poor visibility, and slow progress made us choose another descent route from the plateau below the north face instead of the Meitin col we took the lower col this brought us very far away from the Solvery hut .....

andre hangaard

andre hangaard - Jun 8, 2010 3:30 am Date Climbed: May 23, 2010

A hard days work!  Sucess!

With my friend, the SP'er Sputnik we climbed the Grand Combin with snow shoes in the very end of the ski season. We left the François Xavier Bagnoud Hut at Pannosiere at 00:45 and went for the NW-flank (Couloire du Gardien.) The flank was in good condition. Two icy sections up at the final serac when exiting the NW-flank. At 09:00hrs we stood on the summit of Grand Combin de Valsorey and at 10:00hrs we summited Grand Combin de Grafeneire.

We diverted from our initial plan also to climb Grand Combin de Tsesette as we were behind schedule and feared the soft snow in the "Corridor". Thus we descended the same way as we came, down through the NW-flank. We belayed two pitches through the icy seraczone. Needless to add that Sputnik and myself where the only one's going by foot that day...

A truly and beautiful, rather remote part of the Valais.


mulidivarese - Jul 27, 2009 3:44 am Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2009

Isler (arete sud): never again  Sucess!

Viewed by far the arete sud, named also Isler shoulder, seemed snowy and in good condiciton. Actually the sun of the past few days melted a lot of the snow, and we found a lot, too much ice.
Loosy rocks, falling ice, an uneasy and unsafe way.
Much more convenient, if dry and without snow the Meilin ridge. Safer, faster, better.
than we traversed to the Grafenier and we went down by the Coluoir de Guardien. Another interesting time through the serracs. great mountain anyway.

Peter K

Peter K - Jun 16, 2009 5:42 am Date Climbed: May 23, 2009

Route Climbed: NW-flank (Couloir du gardien)  Sucess!

With skis from the Cabane de Panossière via Couloir du gardien to the main summit, same way back. "Corridor" is more advisable for a ski descent in place of the couloir. 6h to the summit, 9h in total.
Great conditions! Overwhelming view of the mountains around Zermatt and Chamonix!

Flachlandtiroler - Sep 4, 2008 6:49 am Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2008

Traverse Meitin Ridge / NW-flank  Sucess!

Valsorey hut -> Arrete Meitin (few sections of real climbing, dry+bolted) -> Combin de Valsorey -> Combin Grafeneire -> NW-flank -> re-ascent Col du Meitin -> Valsorey hut.

Took 15.5 hours due to belaying the whole NW-flank (very few steep sections but all hard...icy). Most of the ~20 aspirants returned via west ridge -- faster but prone to rockfall when escaping to the south side of the ridge.

A larger, guided group one day before on the same route that we did took nearly the same time.

Very isolated peak with 360° panorama.


Cyrill - Nov 8, 2007 4:49 am Date Climbed: May 26, 2006

Grand Combin 4314m  Sucess!

Fantastic Ski - Tour to Grand Combin 4314m.

my picture are here: Link to Grand Combin


jvdm - Aug 19, 2007 5:32 am Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2007

Grand Combin summit  Sucess!

Located between the Mont Blanc group and the high Wallis mountains Grand Combin summit may provide the best view point of the Alps. But, according to the hut boss: c'est une grande course!


erik_ravenstijn - Jul 21, 2007 6:55 pm Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2007

Route Climbed: NW-flank  Sucess!

A long but beautiful day from the Panosierre hut. We found the north west flank to be in very good conditions, good snow enabled us to do a relatively quick trip without any serious belaying. When this face becomes icy, this tour is a complete different story!

Pierre smetsers

Pierre smetsers - Nov 21, 2006 10:40 pm Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2006

Route Climbed: south and partly the Isler route  Sucess!

The conditions in the morning where optimal, but when descending a lot of stones where flying down


siroco - Jul 17, 2006 1:04 pm Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2006

Arête du Meitin

Cabane de Valsorey - Combin de Valsorey - Combin de Grafeneire


joe_akeem - Jul 1, 2006 11:10 am Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2001

Route Climbed: NW Face  Sucess!

The NW face was mostly ice. Had to belay through most of it. - Aug 9, 2004 8:57 am

Route Climbed: South-west face Date Climbed: 17 july 2004  Sucess!

Climbed the south-west face istead the west ridge because too much snow.Very steepy and dangerous.


LAMONTAGNE - Nov 24, 2003 3:52 pm Date Climbed: Sep 20, 2003


A challenge achieved with the help of a good team spirit. Weather condition were exceptional. The vertical at 60 degrees impressed me. Jean-René (Guide) Patrick and Pascal

Scott Pierce

Scott Pierce - Oct 27, 2003 7:26 pm

Route Climbed: NW Face Direct Date Climbed: 15 July 1999

Just Scott, Mike and me. Rope stayed coiled, no other people on the mountain--and a beautiful summer day. Must return in the spring to ski the face.

Mathias Zehring

Mathias Zehring - Jul 14, 2002 2:27 pm

Route Climbed: NW flank Date Climbed: July 17th 2000  Sucess!

for me it was my longest day ever in the mountains - 21 hours from and to the Cabane de Pannossiere! Because two of us were not so experienced we belayed the whole flank and this costs time... But weather was fine, we were alone on such a huge and beautiful mountain. It was like doing an expedition and a great experience. We descended over the Corridor route.

I did the same two years earlier with ski. This is more convenient.

For someone who is used to climbing north faces it might be easy. For my skills it was more than enough.


Plizi - Jun 21, 2002 3:47 am

Route Climbed: up south rib down NW-face Date Climbed: june 2000  Sucess!

Nice mmountain with little people where climber

can be allone with nice view from Mont Blanc to

Monte Rosa.

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