There are so many permutations for this traverse it's impossible to detail all of them here. It can be done in either direction. One thing to bear in mind, however, is that it provides a splendid end to the day after a route on the SE face. As long as you can (or want to) climb your chosen route carrying a sac, simply turn right at the top and keep traversing until you can scramble / walk back to the dam. If doing the traverse in it's own right take a 50m rope, a few nuts and some slings. Depending on how much of it you do and in which direction, there are some abseils and some easyish pitches (3+ / 4). All abseils are from bolted stances. The grade given in the CAS guide should be taken with a pinch of salt - AD to D+! This puts it on par with the Hornli and Zmutt ridges of the Matterhorn, which clearly it is not. It can easily be done in good approach shoes / light boots. I retain the CAS grade just to be 'correct'.

ClimberDateStyle
James Moyle 15/Jul -

Climbed as far as the Grand Perron including the Aig. du Van. Weather started to close in and we reversed. Quite a serious route to escape from the ridge - had a mini epic getting off! We also didn't find the "correct" route onto the ridge.

with James Campbell
Hidden 29/Jun AltLd
Mike Roger ??/2016 -
Hidden 09/Sep/15 -
Sam Simpson 09/Sep/15 Solo rpt

carried on the ridge to the col de la terrasse, excellent further scambling to be had.

Steve Woollard 04/Sep/15 AltLd

2.5 hours summit to summit

with Gavin
Sam Ash 03/Aug/15 AltLd O/S
Dawn_K_B 03/Aug/15 AltLd O/S

Took a long time in the heat and the queue, excellent day out though, great positions but easy climbing with one or two trickier bits. Found the start hard to find (walk round left then up), but after that it was obvious. Think we pitched 2 bits of it (?) and the rest either moving together or unroped. Ridiculously hot by the end of the traverse and was greatful for the little ponds to cool down in on the way down! The walk out is longer than you think. Took many litres of water each and still got back to the car gasping for liquid!

Stuart Johnston 20/Jul/15 Lead O/S

E-W. Very little climbing and mostly airy scrambling. Highly recommended as an intro to the AD grade. Good practice for moving together. After the summit do not descend any of the gullies to the lakes (steep and loose and v dangerous) but continue on the ridge all the way to the big col and then walk down to the lakes easily.

with Lara Kesterton
swoodcock 14/Jul/15 2nd β

a very interesting ridge, 4 summits beautiful valley walk descent

with seb desrieux
OutdoorGirl 11/Jul/15 AltLd
Laramadness 11/Jul/15 -
with Carrie
mchardski 11/Jul/15 Lead

With Tasha. Moving together and some pitching, me first all day

with Tasha
Hartz ?/Jul/15 -

Fantastic route - great views and exposure

with Johan
Hidden 21/Jun/15 Lead
walts4 ??/2015 -
winter hill1 28/Sep/14 -
Hidden 27/Jul/14 2nd
Sam Simpson 28/Aug/13 Solo O/S
Hidden 28/Aug/13 Solo O/S
jimmatthews 28/Aug/13 Solo O/S
industrialiceman 28/Jun/11 -
jon 05/Nov/07 Lead
with H
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