/ chapell de gliere & index (1 day) chamonix noob
Long time lurker - first time poster, looking for some advice, im off to chamonix for the first time in summer 13 but only going for a few days and want to make the most of it (very excited).... and was thinking of trying to attempt the index and chapell de gliere in the second day of being there...
just looking to know if this possible to compete in a day for an average climber (leading hs comfortably) with limited big mountain experience....
Getting onto the top of the Chapelle is quite tricky and way harder than HS, so be prepared for that! I reckon that if you started early and climbed relatively quickly then you could get the index done before lunch and then run down and round the corner and do Chapelle de la Gliere in the afternoon.
I have to agree with m dunn, perhaps do the index in the afternoon of your arrival day? after checking the forecast! The whole place will be quieter as everyone will rush down for the last lift, you will have time to enjoy the route and 'get your head in'. Do chappelle starting at first light the next day, it will take longer than you expect and you really don't want to miss the lift if you haven't got bivi kit, the walk back to the valley will mess up your trip.
To th OP: You will also have to allow for the queues, which could slow you down or even make it impossible.
that makes a great day out if you are quick.
As its the OPs first trip even if they spend a day sat high on the rouge just looking out it wouldn't really be wasted time.
First time i did the chappelle we enjoyed the view too much over lunch and missed the lift by 5 mins. with my dodgy knee at the time, that long descent was hell.
to the OP. get day tickets for the lifts and use them.
If you want to do them in a day then do chapelle first and see how much time you have left, you pass the index on the way back. Otherwise Mani Puliti or Nez Rouge make good easy and quicker routes to tag on to the end of a day, they're right by the lift.
The old index station has been boarded up but you could still get in to bivi there in sept12. Otherwise there are plenty of good outdoor bivi spots.
BTW on Chapelle the very first moves can be tough if a bit greasy/wet - dont be put off by them that is prob the hardest obligatory bit.
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