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L'arete A Laurence** PD+

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<< Cosmiques Couloir
Voie Rébuffat (South Face) >>
3817m. Not sure of grade-possibly AD-. The alternative route if weather is too bad to do Cosmiques Ridge. Starts from Col du Midi (3532m). As you walk away from aiguille du midi turn right to approach the ridge running south west of cosmiques hut (3817m). Mixed scramble and easy climbing but very exposed climbing across l'arete a laurence. Whole route very exposed with a particularly scary traverse near the end probably best done with some protection. A ladder at the end of the route takes you in to the back entrance of the cosmiques hut. UPDATE: Large loose block (small lorry size) that is waiting to go down the north face near the hut end, the route traverses over the block. Would easily cut rope/slings if used for protection. Could be avoided by a very dangerous scree traverse below the block.
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This climb is in 51 logbooks, and on 2 wishlists.

Totally different to last time now snow covered
adamwesthead - Lead rpt - 20/Sep/13 with Dad, Forshaw

Winter conditions and high wind
Mick Riley - 2nd - 19/Sep/13

Very snowy, very easy going for the most part with the odd 'move'. Exposure is fantastic in sections. Especially as snow bridges had formed between the boulders leading to my second post holing into space more than once.
wilkinscl - Lead O/S - 11/Sep/13

Moved together with rock spikes for pro. Nice route if you like crazy amounts of exposure.
morpcat - 2nd - 11/Sep/13 with wilkinscl

No snow at all. Just a scramble. Did an awkward abseil down the slab traverse.
adamwesthead - Solo O/S - 07/Sep/13 with Zeb

zebster - Solo O/S - 07/Sep/13 with Adam

jack.williams1 - AltLd - 05/Sep/13

Hidden - 27/Jul/13

chris687 - Lead - 19/Jul/13 with James Gordon

Very lean but a great route.
BoulderyDave - AltLd O/S - 13/Jul/13 with BlizzardLizard

Hidden - 2nd - 13/Jul/13

OwenDT - AltLd - 05/Jul/13 with faith protts

Moved together. Done with Conville course.
blackreaver - AltLd - 05/Jul/13

Hidden - 05/Jul/13

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 05/Jul/13

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 28/Jun/13

2010_graham - 28/Jun/13

Hidden - 2nd - 28/Jun/13

Charley17 - 18/Jun/13

Charley17 - 17/Jun/13

Brian Pollock - Lead O/S - 11/Jun/13

First Alpine route
rashwell - 2nd - Jun/13

AdamH - 2013

Hidden - 2013

Hidden - AltLd - Sep/12

Ashley Hold - AltLd - Sep/12 with Torquil Bennett

Led the arÍte as far as hut.
wendynicholls - AltLd - 18/Jul/12 with Dominic Saul, Richard DuPont

chris687 - Lead - 08/Jul/12 with pete rowlands, john holliday

AMJ098 - AltLd O/S - 03/Jul/12 with Stewart Jordan

nice way to get to the cosmique hut. 1 hour
franksnb - Lead O/S - Jul/12

android_lloyd - Jul/12

Stormed over it in a huff, sorry James!
OwenF - Lead O/S - Jul/12 with James Franklin

stewart100 - AltLd O/S - 30/Jun/12 with Adam Jordan

On the conville course in awful weather!
trivett - 26/Jun/12 with Luke Davies, Luke Dyer

jon_ridley - AltLd - 22/Jun/12 with Will Pope, Emily Cropton

becoming-stranger - AltLd O/S - 22/Jun/12 with Emily Cropton, Jon Ridley

Emily Cropton - AltLd - 22/Jun/12 with Jon Ridley

Hidden - 21/Jun/12

Hidden - 16/Jun/12

lizard-16-07 - 16/Jun/12 with Phil Turner, Rohan Goel

Hidden - 2nd - 05/Jun/12

Definetly harder than PD+, exposure was immmense and wouldn't have wanted to do the moves without protection. Amazing climb but completed in about an hour being chased from a storm of Tacul
barneythevelociraptor - AltLd O/S - Jun/12

flett53 - 2012

The Bad Cough - Lead O/S - 31/Jul/11 with Tom Williams, John Sealey

jon22 - 2nd - 31/Jul/11 with The Bad Cough

Strachan - Jul/11

perfectvirus - 15/Sep/09 with MountainMing

Rigde of death! 60m wind, snow and huge exposure
MountainMing - Lead - 15/Sep/09 with perfectvirus

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
aldo56, Hidden

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Style of ascent

Soloed2 of 51 (3.9%)
Lead9 of 51 (17.6%)
Followed8 of 51 (15.7%)
Alt Leads14 of 51 (27.5%)
Unknown18 of 51 (35.3%)

'Climbed'33 of 51 (64.7%)
clean O/S14 of 51 (27.5%)
clean rpt1 of 51 (2.0%)
Unknown3 of 51 (5.9%)