/ Suggestions on Alpine routes
Also the snow at the top of Les Courtes is only in good condition before 6-6.30 in the morning, as first rays of sun really affects the firmness of the snow. Which then does not leave us a lot of time to climb the ridge, as we need to allow some time for the snow there to freeze a little.
We'll do les courtes in the spring time. Safer option
I'll have a look at the other route you suggested.
Nice, long, reasonable grade, but not as good rock as Frendo, or just we did not follow the correct line.
Practice for the Walker, maybe
The Cordier Piller on the Grande Charmoz - lots of pitches finishes at the top.
Gervasutti Pillar - again lots of pitches, finishes on top of a mountain and you have to get down (clearly).
I know it doesn't exactly fit your criteria, but climbing M.Blanc by the "Voie Royale" is a spectacular outing :
Concrits hut / Domes de Miage / Durier hut / Aiguille de Bionassay/ Mont Blanc and return via 3 Monts route.
No offence taken ! Only a walk, but the traverse of the Aiguille de Bionassay is pretty spectacular !
I've done the Walker Spur, the Kuffner and the Couturier on the Aiguille Verte, but didn't enjoy them as much as the "voie Royale". A climb isn't "better" just because it's D+ or TD !
I didn't express myself particularly well, but the number of climbers who think it's all grade do get on my tits.
The important thing is to enjoy what we do !
Just a little point, the Voie Royale is the normale Goûter Route. The (magnificent) traverse you describe is the Traversée Royale. I'm with you, it's a fabulous trip. It was the way I first did MB, years ago: http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=137604 http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=136344 though we did descend via the Gonella and not down to the Midi.
We did walk from the Midi to the montevers train the other day, very spectacular, and beautiful. But personally I get bored if the adrenaline isnt pumping
Petites Jorasses (Mont Blanc), W-Wand
Kuffner is well worth doing albeit has less climbing on it than Frendo.
Swiss Route on Grand Capucin if you like your rock?
The previously mentioned Cordier Pillar on the Charmoz is excellent, about UK HVS in grade.
If you are working your way up to the Walker then the following might be worth looking at:
East face of Le Moine
Contamine Route on the Petites Jorasses
One of the Pillars on the South face of Le Dru
The NE Spur of Les Droites
All conditions dependent of course.
> Kuffner is well worth doing albeit has less climbing on it than Frendo.
It does however go to the top of a mountain and not straight into an amusement arcade.
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