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A Contamine and P Mazeaud 21/Jul/1963

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This climb is in 89 logbooks, and on 19 wishlists.

easers - AltLd - 01/Nov/13 with Doug

Dougbart - AltLd - 01/Nov/13 with Iain

danJBA - AltLd - 02/Oct/13 with James Hoar

Kayan - AltLd O/S - 02/Oct/13 with Dan Abbatt

Hidden - 2nd - 31/Aug/13

Long route when pitched, should of moved together as didn't have any technical sections
geoff.comley - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/13 with Vic Paterson

Moved together. Didn't quite get to summit of tacul- probably a bit high for first route of trip!
machars - AltLd - 23/Aug/13 with Bjorn Verduijn

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/Aug/13

Hidden - AltLd - 22/Aug/13

Hidden - AltLd - 17/Aug/13

Moved together on most of the route using occasional rock belays when they occurred. We went to the top of the second snow slope where the ridge begins. From here you can descend on to the normal route up Du Tacul with some down climbing on snow slopes. This would be quicker than descending the Chere and would also mean that it could be done with only one rope.
chris687 - AltLd - 15/Aug/13 with james matthews

Hidden - Lead dnf - 19/Jul/13

Bruce S - 2nd dnf - 19/Jul/13 with Joshua Willett

Moved together the whole way. Definitely feeling the lack of acclimatisation on the walk back up to the Midi!
Fultonius - Solo O/S - 04/Jul/13 with Emily Roo

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/Jul/13

thomaspomfrett - AltLd O/S - 26/Jun/13 with Neil (Conville/Alps)

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/Jun/13

Alex Munnery - AltLd O/S - 18/Jun/13 with Luke Duckworth

paulmck - AltLd - 03/Jun/13

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 14/May/13

Hidden - Lead - 07/May/13

Jacob Forshaw - 2nd O/S - 05/May/13

Kris - Lead - Apr/13

Hidden - 2013

Hidden - 2013

Hidden - AltLd - 12/Aug/12

Hidden - AltLd - 12/Aug/12

Perfect conditions! topped out on the Tacul and missed the last lift by 5 mins!
HarryB - Lead O/S - 30/Jul/12 with Al

Cold morning with fresh snow, belay after the first pitch in constant spindrift, boarderline powder avalanche, the coldest belay I've ever used... otherwise fantastic neve and weather nearly all the up! Unfortunately had to be down to catch the bus back to the uk so no time to gain the summit, abseiled down chere couloir.
trivett - AltLd - 07/Jul/12 with Mike Hood

Mike Hood - AltLd - 07/Jul/12 with trivett

Tom Davy - Lead dnf - 29/Jun/12

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 27/Jun/12

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 27/Jun/12

3rd cable car from Chamonix, at the base of the climb around 10:00. Took way too long because of lack of acclimatization (did it as a weekend trip from London). Hardest bit was not the 60 degree ice pitch, but mixed climbing at the very end of the climb - literally the last 10 meters or so.
pawelx - AltLd O/S - 23/Jun/12 with Murilo

Murilo Lessa - AltLd O/S - 23/Jun/12 with Pawel Zdziarski

Hidden - AltLd dnf - 11/Mar/12

sam_lav - 2012

sam_lav - 2012

nickcj - 30/Oct/11

Hidden - 11/Oct/11

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 16/Aug/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Aug/11

Hard ice + small boots = burst toes
robpartridge - Solo - 03/Aug/11

Phil Emerson - AltLd - Aug/11

descended in a white out, missed the last lift and ended up sleeping in the midi toilets.
np134 - Lead O/S - 30/Jul/11 with C. Price

moved together and topped out on the tacul, nice route.
Ginger McGrath - AltLd O/S - 16/Jul/11 with phil emerson

about 2 hours from the shrund. really enjoyable top gully even though the ice was a bit dodgy.
James S - Solo O/S - 14/Jul/11

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 01/Jul/11

All icy, very tiring. led all the pitches, first proper ice lead, ended up missing the car and spending the night in the Midi toilets. D'oh.
RKernan - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/11 with Niall Browne

Hidden - AltLd - 09/Jun/11

supos - AltLd O/S - 30/Apr/11 with Lars Fjendbo

mike.moss - AltLd O/S - 26/Apr/11

Great climbing, pitched the two steep ice sections but otherwise mostly moving together. The descent of the back was another matter... multiple absiels as night fell, back to the Cosmiques after midnight. Don't start this one at midday!
Rollo - AltLd O/S - 26/Apr/11 with Mike

Hidden - Lead - 11/Apr/11

Hidden - AltLd dnf - 10/Sep/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 31/Aug/10

Chere Gully was looking intimidating and rocky, so bailed to this. Very icy, and a second alpine route for Rich and Carrie, so we ended up pitching most of it and running over time. Most belays off not-so-great ice screws, and the final long traverse across 50 degree ice had to be rather scarily moved together between dodgy screws. Not great conditions, but not retreatable in that condition either. Abbed down Chere Gully, which in retrospect would have been fine a nd a lot safer! Escape up to the Midi from the Cosmiques Hut the next day in 100 kph wind, snow and white-out was also... interesting!
andybuckley - AltLd - 29/Aug/10 with Carrie Bolton, Rich Kemp

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 13/Aug/10

tjmillen - Lead - Jul/10

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 28/Jun/10

Ice pitch in middle was a bit cheeky, as was the hanging belay on screws. Snow was decent. Continued up to MB du Tacul
Cardi - Lead O/S - 27/Jun/10 with Ryan

Climbed and skied back down the route.
Ben Briggs - Solo O/S - 27/Jun/10 with Brendan

benny_m - AltLd dnf - 23/Jun/10 with Ali Brown

Hidden - AltLd dnf - 23/Jun/10

Charlie Evans - AltLd O/S - 09/Apr/10 with Unai

Hidden - 06/Apr/10

We did the first two ice pitches one afternoon as a warm up and to check out the Chere Couloir for the next day.
Hardonicus - 2nd dnf - 11/Mar/10 with Tom Woods

basvdploeg - 2010

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 08/Sep/09

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Sep/09

Moved together with me at front. About hour and a half base to top. First alpine route. Very pleasant
JDSwain - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/09 with Tom Ripley

joese7en - AltLd O/S - Jul/09

BorisVBlade - AltLd O/S - 29/Jun/09 with Neil Dowse, Sam Davies

sam820 - 2nd - 29/Jun/09 with Neil Dowse, Boris Korzh

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 07/Oct/08

The central line on the triangle, a great route. Got off the main snow face onto the ridge just as the sun hit, took about 3 hours in total. Simul climbed most of the way, only pitching the last exit chimney.
adw07 - AltLd O/S - 10/Aug/08 with Nick Donohue

Hidden - Lead dnf - Aug/08

Superb climb, good ice so moved together nearly all way, one half pitch in the narrows. Continued to the top of Mt Blanc du Tacul then descended the NW flank.
nickdonohue - Aug/08 with Warren ?

robertporter - Lead O/S - Jul/08

From the Refuge des Cosmiques, poor weather. We were moving very slow & would have had difficulty finishing so bailed out wile retreat was still an easy option.
Paul-Michael - AltLd dnf - 21/Jul/07 with Diccon Proctor, Paul Nurse

edek_w - Mar/04

Hidden - AltLd - Sep/02

Scotsken - Mar/02

Les Ross - AltLd - 01/Jul/00

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/99

CMacD - 1993

Cable car to Midi late in day. Descended to camp below route on Mer de Glace. Started in dark route about 6 pitches of brilliant ice. Finished with ascent of Mont Blanc Du Tacul 3977m Descent (some tricky ) to drop tent and back to Midi for last cable car down.
mattnuttall - AltLd O/S - 17/Aug/92 with Michel Mounier, Matthieu Mounier

djdavies - 2nd - 11/Aug/92

Hidden - AltLd - Aug/89

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Style of ascent

Soloed4 of 89 (4.5%)
Lead16 of 89 (18.0%)
Followed10 of 89 (11.2%)
Alt Leads47 of 89 (52.8%)
Unknown12 of 89 (13.5%)

'Climbed'38 of 89 (42.7%)
clean O/S41 of 89 (46.1%)
dnf10 of 89 (11.2%)