/ Best alpine intro routes
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.
The picture shown here is very useful, I don't know if guidbooks are any better. Take 2 axes.
All of these based in the Cham valley.
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
Tons more I can think of..
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.
Is that what you meant to say?
Nope I really shouldn't type this on my phone
Nothing on the midi north face is intro
Howabout first day doing a 3-4 pitch route on a Valley slab eg Vallorcine/Barberine. Low grade and practice multi pitch changeovers and abbing back down etc.
I have the Aigulle de Envers guide, some glorius looking rock routes at a low grade but never had the weather when I have been there, they are worth a shot.
That Camp to Camp link routes 5 and 7 had stones and debris firing down it when we watched from the Midi Mid station two summers a go in July, in the afternoon. Quite scary.....
Yes, but the Mallory Porter is pretty objectively safe. Not to say that woollardjt is not correct in what he said though.
Dare I say I wouldn't go to Cham.
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.
> Is that what you meant to say?
Love it... ;-)
> Love it... ;-)
Yes yes I'm a spanner for not checking the predictive text :)
No one has mentioned the Ecrin area yet, Chamonix is a great place and I always go back but there are other areas which aren't as busy or potentially as expensive.
> 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..
And go to Chamonix. You can reject it later ;-)
> Has a big mountain, serious feel ...
I suggest that's because it is a serious route on a big mountain! No way is it an introductory route.
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