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Monte Bianco. The Brenva Face from the Tour Ronde in 1975.
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I thought it'd be interesting to compare the seracs of the Pear and the Grand Pilier d'Angle with later or earlier photos. In pneame's photo of two years before, for instance, the right hand Pear serac is a little less threatening: http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=139458
T Graham Brown reckoned, during his Brenva campaign, that there were periods when the seracs were relatively safe...
jon - 21/Jan/11
Has anyone done the Pear in recent years? An awesome climb for it's time and an incredible line. Almost a perfect dirretissima to Mt Blanc de Courmayeur.
pneame - 01/Feb/11
I'm sure it does get done from time to time, though rarely I'd have thought. The only person I know who's done it is Dutch guide Edward Bekker who did all his guides' assessments with the German guides. He, along with a group of aspirants and assessors, did it as part of his guides' course! Hard bunch, these Germans!
jon - 02/Feb/11
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My impression, from much studying of pics of the Aig. Blanche de Peuterey and the usual refreshing UKC lack of data (!) is that the high hanging glaciers/seracs haven't changed too much in the last 20-30 years. You certainly can't say the same for anything below about 3500 meters, however!
pneame - 05/Feb/11