This was part of a one day Chamonix bash after a business trip. I jogged up from Planpraz along with a host of other activities for the day. There was a two inch dusting of snow most the way. The summit was just above the clouds for some very dramatic views.
We passed by the summit of Le Brévent on the last day of our Tour du Mont Blanc. Great views from the summit.
Hiked to the summit and down as part of the Tour du Mont Blanc.
Awesome dihedrals on this beautiful valley classic.
Very hot day.
From Chamonix: up via Refuge de bel Lachat, down via Planpraz.
The weather was fine, and all day I enjoyed great views of the Mont Blanc massif.
Relaxing long sport route in sunshine, finishing close to the Brevent summit.
Climbed via Voie Frison-Roche. Great climb. Crux pitch was pretty tough for me but managed to lead it cleanly.
Great route with amazing climbing, but what a crowd! We managed to be first on it, but no less than 8 parties were behind us, just from the first cablecar. It wouldn't have been fun to be stuck behind them, even though many of the belays are quite comfortable.
Sunny day. Started at midday. Firstly we've done a few easy sport routes on right side of wall (4c-6a). On the end we went by some longer route (5c) on the summit ridge and by it on the top - in trad trekking boots - according to old exams to guide course. :)
Beautifull , strenuous and really pleasant route.
Hiked from Chamonix in a day. Started early. Had to make a few detours due to part of the route up still being pisted ski slopes at the time from Plan Praz up. Far more strenuous than anticipated (1400 metres gain) in part on rotten snow and piolet was vital. They let us on the cable car back down for free!! Which made our day, as it took us about 7hours to get there! View from the top amazing, particularly looking south towards Sixt.
What a route, the final pitch was superb. Really well bolted, the line is so obvious, did it without looking at a guide book.
Hiked up to Le Brévent on the TMB (from Flégere) in deep snow. Wayfinding was quite tricky.
not that difficult,
a very well equiped route
the final diedre is superb!, as well as the traverse on the third pitch!
La Somone (4c) -- June 16, 2005 -- Climbed this nice, 7-pitch, bolted route with Philippe Gerschel while waiting for the snow to settle up high. A bit contrived, linking a series of small towers below the Brevent, but with a few very nice pitches. Easy access from the Brevent cable car.
Frison-Roche (6a) -- July 26, 2010 -- Mary and I climbed this as the last route of our summer road trip through the Alps. Awesome steep, athletic climbing and worthy of all the praise. A fantastic climb.
So I was sick of it raining all the time and not being able to do anything. So I decided to go on a hike in spite of the weather. I truged up the path in the rain, clouds dont make the greatest scenery as I found out. When I reached the Col the weather turned for the worse, insted of rain it went out into a compleat white out! Out of shear stupidity I continued on, there was no real path at that point so I just continued up. About an hour later I reached the summit. I sat there and waited, thinking that the visibility would get better....it didnt. I ended up just trudging through the snow untll I saw somthing familiar. Out of shear luck I made it down the mountain without getting lost. Rather a memerable outing, even if it was just the walk up route.
cold, wet day