looking for some high quality alpine routes that end in peaks around the equivalent of scottish grade II 3*** routes only I want to get the absoloute most of my experience there and the money I'll spend getting there! cheers
In reply to Jackspratt: A very good route of that sort of standard, unlikely to be crowded but with a major feel to it is the North West face of the Aiguille du Midi, I think it is the same as the one refered to as the Mallory route.
Has a big mountain, serious feel, but is not very technically hard either on ice or rock, finishes very close to the Frendo spur, so has a cable car descent afterwards.
In reply to Jackspratt:
This book is worth a look for Mont Blanc area if you are looking for good quality introductory routes in the Alps. But there are many more excellent routes in other parts of the Alps!
Voie Normale - Aiguille du Tour
Petite Aiguille Vert
Traverse of Pointe Lachenal
Midi Plan Traverse
Traverse of the crochures
North face of the Tete Blanche
The standard punter trails on Mont Blanc (3 Monts/Gouter)
Harder but attainable (just going from your profile):
Rochefort arete traverse + Dent du Geant
The Mallory porter route on the midi is not technically difficult but it is a 1000m long climb at altitude. I used to live in chamonix and I have climbed the north face of the aiguille du midi via the eugster diagonal route. I would say anything on the north face of the midi is "intro"
The other routes suggested are all a good starting point.
You could walk up to the Armagellar hut, do they Dri Horlini (alpine ridge rock route - fab) and then traverse over the Weissmiss (4000m) and down the other side. Other things to do on that side. Eastern Valais, Switzerland.
If you have/hire a car you can cover a surprising distance; bear that in mind. On driving through. Stop off and do a route on Le Mirroir d'Argentine. Long alpine length rock routes, superb.
> (In reply to Jackspratt)
> All of these based in the Cham valley.
> Voie Normale - Aiguille du Tour
> Petite Aiguille Vert
> Cosmiques Arete
> Traverse of Pointe Lachenal
> Midi Plan Traverse
> Traverse of the crochures
> North face of the Tete Blanche
> The standard punter trails on Mont Blanc (3 Monts/Gouter)
> Harder but attainable (just going from your profile):
> Kuffner arete
> Rochefort arete traverse + Dent du Geant
> Tons more I can think of..