/ Top ten alpine PD
Jungfrau normal route.
Grand Paradiso from Cogne (probably PD+)
Castor from Klein Matterhorn when no one else is there
Fletch-Lagginhorn Traverse (probably PD+)
NE Ridge of the Nadelhorn.
NW Flank and SW Ridge of Mont Blanc de Cheilon
Weissmies traverse is a good 'un
Definitely the Mont Pelvoux traverse in the Ecrins, that might be the best of them all. It's certainly the best one I've done. In many ways it is the perfect mountaineering route. it's got glacier, snow couloir, abseils, committment, routefinding and scrambling. It is probably PD+ though.
I also really enjoyed the Hohlaubgrat on the Allalinhorn and The Weissmies traverse.
P.S. Isn't the fletschorn-Lagginhorn AD?
> P.S. Isn't the fletschorn-Lagginhorn AD?
No - the AC guide is wrong. Although the alternative Topham ridge to the Fletcshorn probably is but is given PD in the guide!
Yes it is. The NNE ridge is superb and about AD. From a distance the NE ridge also looks good. The normal route appears a choss-fest but probably isn't too hard to descend (I haven't done this).
is there a pan-alps guidebook that focuses on this grade? Suspect not but would be great if there is. I've always got a bit pigeon holed in Cham, would love to go to other places but no idea where to start. Also their is the great easy ascents book for Cham, right up my street.
I don't know of a guidebook for the whole of the Alps, but there is a similar one for the Ecrins called "Alpinisme facile dans le massif des Ecrins", which is pretty good.
I'm far too lazy to concoct a list of 10 but here's one in the Pyrénées that I have enjoyed doing a countless number of times :
Cirque de Troumouse / Pic de la Munia ridge traverse.
thanks, just looked that up, sadly my French is appalling!
thanks, looks good if a little expensive at 30 odd quid.
People are going to have to stop adding to my bucket list. Or include links ...
> Definitely the Mont Pelvoux traverse in the Ecrins, that might be the best of them all. It's certainly the best one I've done. In many ways it is the perfect mountaineering route. it's got glacier, snow couloir, abseils, committment, routefinding and scrambling. It is probably PD+ though.
Without doubt one of the best outings the Ecrins has to offer. The final descent to the valley is a real bugger though !
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