/ Rock grade of The North Face (Petit Dru) Pierre Allain route
Any information would be greatly appreciated as hoping to climb it later in the summer.
I climbed it in the early '90s so my recollection is hazy, but I can say that the description in the AC guide gives (or gave) an accurate picture.
Technically, the hardest pitch would be the Fissure Allain. It was fully pegged up when we were there, but *looked* like about UK 5c/6a to me if done free. A hard Millstone crack, anyway. But that is now generally avoided, as we avoided it.
As for the rest, I remember it probably didn't get above UK 4c/5a. But watch out for verglas which can make the grade irrelevant.
The Fissure Lambert was a thrutch. My lead, and I remember hand jams in the bowels of the crack between rock and ice!
A very satisfying route though, and more-or-less objectively safe once you're past the niche.
Has this route been climbed since the rockfall last July?
Search these forums for "Dru Rockfall"
Thanks for all the advice, really appreciate it!
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