In the winter of 1972 the Colton-MacIntyre was
attempted by Bonnington, Burke, Clarke and Haston. A
plane flew the team and a deposit of equipment onto
the Leschaux glacier, where, after 17 bivouacs and
with fixed ropes, they only managed to get to 350m
below the ridge. Attitudes have definitely changed
along with understanding of what is possible. In 2007 Andy Houseman and Ross Hewitt, just one of the many
teams who climbed the Colton-MacIntyre reported
Styrofoam ice for nearly the whole length of the
Houseman's take on the route is, "A pretty good
climb with a couple of spicy pitches.”
Nick Bullock reports on the activities
of British Alpinists in the the Alps in 2007.
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