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L'arete A Laurence** PD+

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[Looking back towards the start of L'arete A Laurence and spurs of Mont Blanc in the background., 2 kb]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.

Photo: Looking back towards the start of L'arete A Laurence and spurs of Mont Blanc in the background. © s.tietz
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This climb is in 60 logbooks, and on 2 wishlists.

Last day of Conville course - short pitch to gain the ridge completed the route whilst moving together. Fantastic day, great exposure and a brilliant first route above 3000m!
thom_jenkinson - Lead - 27/Jun/14

Hidden - 2nd β - 15/Jun/14

First rock outing in crampons. Exposed and scary but will probably end up being type 3 fun.
heathergotrumbled - 2nd O/S - 12/Jun/14 with ST

Climbed route during Conville Course (our guide was Dave). Moved together for most of it. Rock traverse towards the end required a bit of belaying. Had half of an 8€ omelette in the Cosmique hut afterwards, which didn't stay down due to altitude sickness.
s.tietz - AltLd O/S - 12/Jun/14 with Klaudia Konkolova, Heather Rumble

Moving together.
Tradical - 2nd O/S - 09/Jun/14 with Richard, Philly

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

masmith - AltLd - 05/Sep/13 with Cathy Burke, Jack Williams

Hidden - 27/Jul/13

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

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

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

Jordangask - AltLd - 07/Sep/12

Jordangask - 2nd - 05/Sep/12

Hidden - AltLd - Sep/12

Ashley Hold - AltLd - Sep/12 with Torquil Bennett

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

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

masmith - AltLd - 05/Jul/12 with Michael Mason, Jamie Roberts

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

Conville
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

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Style of ascent

Soloed2 of 60 (3.3%)
Lead10 of 60 (16.7%)
Followed12 of 60 (20.0%)
Alt Leads18 of 60 (30.0%)
Unknown18 of 60 (30.0%)

'Climbed'38 of 60 (63.3%)
clean O/S17 of 60 (28.3%)
clean β1 of 60 (1.7%)
clean rpt1 of 60 (1.7%)
Unknown3 of 60 (5.0%)