North Ridge AD
[Grand Gendarme, Matt Down Climbing, 2 kb]Climb the snow arete, then the Grand Gendarme. Abseil from the top of this and traverse 1km of pinnacles before the final climb to the summit.

Photo: Grand Gendarme, Matt Down Climbing © Jimmy O
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This climb is in 11 logbooks, and on 2 wishlists.

keithlambley - 05/Aug/13 with Adrian D, Kate R

Michael - Jul/12

Hidden - 11/Aug/11

Best route of the trip. Perfect weather, passed one other pair going in the other direction.
bigbobbyking - AltLd O/S - 26/Jul/09 with Peter Hill, jacob davies

bigbobbyking - Jul/09 with Peter Hill, jacob davies

Climbing as a 3 - got to the top of the grand gerdarme but with the ridge snow covered and the weather cold and v. windy decided to turn back. Shame after the slog up there and a really nice looking climb.
markfairbank - Lead dnf - 08/Sep/08 with Mike Shields, Mark Ireland

Early start (~4:20am) for long trek and scramble over glacier/ rock ridges. Sunny day but biting cold wind up above. Andy got frost nip on fingers at ~4000m. Gendarme looked difficult in conditions, esp with just 1 rope. Retreated, as did other parties.
johnjb - AltLd dnf - 08/Sep/08 with Andy P, Heather

Jimmy O - Aug/08 with Matt Down

Spectular alpine ridge - snow cover meant mixed climbing weather poor on final 1/3rd.
deeave - 2nd - 17/Jul/08 with Andy Nelson

ashpreston - 2007

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 11/Jul/05

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