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A familiar story by the sounds of things. Got past the rock section by 4pm and with poor weather in the forecast we had to bail. Great ice lower down and in the true dru couloir; however the ice pitch up top looked thin. Ding ding, round 2...
Fultonius - AltLd - 22/Oct/13 with Graham Mcgrath
brilliant day out, lots of ice slowed us down on the rock section and as we only had a short weather window decided to bail
Ginger McGrath - AltLd dnf - 22/Oct/13 with fulton
Climbed a 60m pitch to far left and thought we had got into the direct so came back down and went left when the route was actually just to the right. Finaly found the start of the rock section when it got light but it took a while to get back to it and the climbing took longer than expected.
By the time we got to the top of the rock section it was 2pm so rapped of from there so we could get back to chamonic the same evening. Will be back to finish the rest now we know where the route goes.
Ben Briggs - AltLd dnf - 17/Nov/12 with Tom
Lost too much time on the rock section. Rapped back down the line once we reached the upper ice gully.
frost - AltLd dnf - 28/Mar/12 with D Almond
Need to start earlier. Got past the aid and the mixed sections in to the to the ice couloir and abbed off.
Dave Almond - AltLd dnf - 28/Mar/12 with Simon Frost
Hidden - AltLd - Jan/96
Climbed in a day from a bivi at the base of the couloir. Bypassed the aid crack by a pitch of Scottish V/VI to the left, and then hooked the tops of flakes to get back on the right line. I took a 15m fall on the thin ice pitch, losing a crampon in the fall. I climbed the rerst of the route with one crampon.
We finished the top 4 pitches at night in a snow storm, and bivied in a horizontal slit in the rock just below the Breche.
We didn't go to the summit of the Petit Dru as we should have done, and abseiled down the gully on the other side of the Breche. Big mistake. Lots of diagonal abseils later we got back on the original line, and bivied under a flake at the, (then), start of the Charpoua Glacier.
Descended down to Montenvers and then back to Cham on the train.
GaryK - AltLd O/S - Aug/87 with Gavin Taylor