Approximate date. I climbed this with Louis Reichardt during three weeks that we spent climbing in the French Alps near Chamonix. I made the mistake of not having a helmet and was hit hard by ice falling from climbers above us.
24 hrs from hut down to Chamonix via Mer d Glacé
Fantastic ascent in a beautiful sunny day
Climbed the classic North Face in bare, icy conditions. http://www.hikr.org/tour/post41134.html
The face was in a bad shape.
Did left hand couloir..
Climbed it in pour conditions...nevertheless an excellent climb.
We ended up doing the Buscanini Route with exit to the summit slopes to the left side...
The north face was in perfect condition, but boy was it coooold! -25 degrees C that morning on the face.
after snow the route can be avalanche prone and the first pitches unprotectable.
A fantastic N Face route. Our calves were burning and really happy the last pitch to the summit was on rock!