Rockfax Description
I, 150m, 1 - 2 hours. An alpine classic. The exposure and situations on this route are the sort usually found only on much tougher peaks. The view across to the north face of the Petit Dru is particularly stunning.
Approach - Walk down the steps from the top station of the Grands Montets cable car to reach the Col des Grands Montets. Climb the glacier easily, initially on the left then turn back right, heading towards Les Drus. The Northwest Ridge is gained by traversing all the way across to where the glacier hits the ridge.
1) Cross the bergschrund (sometimes quite wide in late season) and climb the short 45 degree snow slope to reach the rocky ridge crest.
2) Stay just below the ridge crest on the north side and traverse across exposed snow before climbing up to the crest, just below a rock buttress, to a curved snow ridge.
3) Make an exposed 20m traverse around the rock buttress and then climb directly up to the ridge on 45 degree snow.
4) Scramble along the ridge crest for 20m then pass onto the Dru side of the ridge to reach the foot of the 10m crux wall.
5) 3a. Climb the wall (3a), and step left at the top and belay off slings. From here, 20m of easy scrambling leads to the summit.
Descent - Descend by the Northwest Ridge. The crux wall can be abseiled if needs be. From the foot of the crux wall it is possible to avoid the exposed snow traverse under the rock buttress by continuing along the ridge crest and then making 2 x 15m abseils to reach the curved snow ridge © Rockfax

UKC Logbook Description
A classic introductory climb. Can be VERY crowded. Last rocky bit in the notch before the summit is "crux". Good views over Nant Blanc and Argentiere cirques. Useful for acclimatisation with a cafe at the end of the day. Approached via Grands Montets Telepherique.

A. Charlet and C Devouassoux 20/Mar/1927

Ticklists: Rebuffat's 100 Finest Routes in the Mont Blanc Massif, CUMC Ticklist, ROCKFAX Chamonix: Top 50.


ClimberDateStyle
Alpenglow 08/Sep AltLd O/S

Lean conditions. 20m hard ice pitch after the bergschrund. Got to the 2nd 'real' summit.

OLGrady 08/Sep -
ChrisH89 08/Sep AltLd O/S

Beautiful day out. Bergschrund was larger and steeper than expected with several metres of 60-70 degree ice. We seemed to have done a slightly harder variation that involved sticking to the crest of the ridge from the right of the bergschrund onwards, and going to the true summit further on from the "crux" than guide suggested. We also felt the described crux was not the hardest section and was easily downclimbable in reverse.

Hidden 06/Sep -
Alex_RhodesUK 27/Aug AltLd O/S
Dino Dave 27/Aug AltLd O/S
Ndawson 26/Aug AltLd O/S
Lamb 10/Aug AltLd O/S

To the true summit. Quick day to avoid the afternoon weather and get back down for coffee and hotdogs. A circus act with the crowds by the time we descended.

with Sean Henderson
seanhendo123 10/Aug AltLd O/S

Around 3hrs, interesting circus up the top with many guided groups, got the real top(2nd peak) to ourselves, great easy morning

with Lamb
Jack Manfredi 04/Aug -

First bivi. Could see the milky way

with Dad, Laura, Josie , Ian
ChristyCole 04/Aug AltLd
dkilner 04/Aug AltLd O/S
Jgresh 04/Aug -
with Joe Maltas, Michael Macdonald
Hidden ?/Aug AltLd
BStar 26/Jul AltLd O/S

Took a bit longer than guidebook time due to the crowds (and us being a little too polite). Crossing the bergshrund was ok, quite icy, pitched it and placed an ice screw half way. Fantastic route!

Trevers 26/Jul AltLd O/S

Excellent route. Busy, and took longer than the guidebook time due to being a bit too polite. One easy angled ice pitch above the bergschrund

with Rachael, BStar, Will
wjcdean 26/Jul AltLd O/S

great mountaineering day. great weather. not as much of a pushover as some descriptions suggest. pitched over the bergshrund due to steep ice. abbed from the snow traverse on an extra rope from connor from limerick uni club which sped up the last part of the day

Rachael88 26/Jul AltLd

Much more involved than I realised it would be. Not much snow on the final rock section so we took our crampons off.

with Adam
BHuthers 25/Jul AltLd O/S

Excellent route. Took 3.5 hrs round trip, moving together. First alpine route

edjenkins 25/Jul AltLd

Barney's first Alpine summit

with Barney
wchan 23/Jul -
Heather Osborne 21/Jul AltLd O/S

First "proper" alpine route!

with Craig Osborne, Mike Nolan
Joel Miller 19/Jul -
with Greg Joyner
Jules Lane 19/Jul AltLd O/S

First alpine route and much more impressive and exposed than expected ! Crowded, and my first (and in fact only) encounter with a rood and slightly mental french guide. Good decision to remove crampons once on the rock.

with Mynydd Paul Justin
mattdennies 19/Jul Lead O/S

A fun and short route but very crowded. A little more technical than expected for the grade. Icy section above the bergschrund would have been nicer with a technical axe. Abseiled over bergschrund on the descent.

with Rob, Erin
Hidden 19/Jul -
anthonylewis 10/Jul AltLd rpt

In descent

Hidden 10/Jul AltLd
Scott Quinn 10/Jul AltLd O/S
Simon Gompertz 08/Jul 2nd O/S

Great route with fabulous views. Plenty of snow, though it got soft by midday, crampons all the way. Caught 7.30am lift and headed back down at around 2pm after dawdling at the lift station cafe.

Hidden 04/Jul -
Jake397 ?/Jul -
Hidden ?/Jul -
Steve Kempley 29/Jun Lead

With Sienna and Ryan, good weather, plenty of snow, rimaye no problem

Pete_Frost 28/Jun Solo rpt

In descent.

jamesb101 28/Jun Lead O/S
JimboWizbo 28/Jun AltLd

Not sure on date. Way too busy! Lots of snow, nice to be up there

with Beth
Hidden 28/Jun AltLd
Joel Miller 26/Jun -
Hidden 26/Jun AltLd
Stuart Hurworth 26/Jun AltLd O/S

First route done independently after Conville course, excellent fun. Short, but with amazing situations and exposure, moved together as a three. Was very busy though, and not easy to manage with exposure as everyone turns around at summit and comes back along the ridge!

Hidden 26/Jun AltLd O/S
Alfie Maun 26/Jun AltLd
with Joe Fisher
Jenn_Stretton 16/Mar AltLd O/S
DaveThexton 16/Mar AltLd
JenShelley 01/Jan -

In descent. Climbed the whole route downwards without any abseils.

with Rob, Mike
MichaelGallimore 01/Jan AltLd rpt

Moved together. Busy. Used as a descent route from NNE ridge. Did not summit as we had spent time practising placing abolokov threads earlier in the day and wanted to make sure we caught the cable car.

with Rob, JenShelley
Hidden 02/Sep/15 Lead
Daniela Balslev 30/Aug/15 AltLd O/S
with Aires
Hidden 29/Aug/15 Solo O/S
Nath93 22/Aug/15 AltLd O/S

Moved together throughout. Excellent introduction and feels more like an alpine route, better than the Cosmiques. Got the first bin up and managed to get up and back across most of the difficulties before the crowds caught up, about 3.5 station to station.

Vincej 21/Aug/15 -
with Fred Drouet
Kinge 20/Jul/15 Lead dnf

Set off late in the day, to find a gaping shrund. Retreated for a beer instead

with Lee L
ijsbeer 20/Jul/15 AltLd dnf

te langzaam

MarinaKrijgsman 20/Jul/15 2nd dnf
with Tjin Li, Kaspar Wijermans, Flo Vogel, Arjen Kingma
squicky 17/Jul/15 AltLd O/S

Queue to cross the schrund so went down and climbed up by a much more difficult route. Harder than I thought it was going to be, but stormed past everyone and was up and down pretty quickly. Nice little climb with good views but best as a nursery slope.

joeallen28 16/Jul/15 Lead

Lack of snow meant a lot more rock on this route than expected. So busy too, what is supposed to be a 2 hr route took 7! Loads of guides climbing pitches at the same time, ropes everywhere. Felt much harder than PD though. Still a good day out

ned_85 11/Jul/15 AltLd
derryclimbs 06/Jul/15 AltLd

No faffing at the cable car station meant we were first on the route. Could not believe how many people were following us by the time we'd reached the summit (1 hr 45). got back to the 3b crux to find a cockfight between french guides, australians and italians winding their ropes together like a DNA strand. decided that instead of fighting against the traffic we would abseil and downclimb, which took longer, but were at least by ourselves. Great route and thoroughly enjoyed it though with a bit of ice, rock and snow. But wouldn't have if we were stuck queuing!!!

DaveThexton 03/Jul/15 Solo O/S
Hidden 25/Apr/15 AltLd O/S
Hidden ??/2015 -
Hidden ??/2015 -
Hidden ??/2015 -
joelevanschamonix ??/2015 -
roberts1234567890 24/Dec/14 AltLd
with Paul Taylor
tradguy 07/Sep/14 AltLd RP
mcaterina 07/Sep/14 AltLd
Matt1234 05/Sep/14 AltLd O/S
Hidden 03/Sep/14 AltLd
machars 02/Sep/14 -

Descent

Hidden 02/Sep/14 AltLd O/S
georgec 01/Sep/14 AltLd O/S
Matt Schwarz 01/Sep/14 AltLd O/S

howling wind, covered in snow and ice. felt very scottish and katie lost her camera :(

with katie
Katie S 01/Sep/14 AltLd
cmars89 21/Aug/14 Lead
with Pete Duckworth
Patrick Clissold 21/Aug/14 -
with Eleri Clissold
Hidden 20/Aug/14 -
Hidden 19/Aug/14 Lead
jonskippy 07/Aug/14 AltLd O/S
with Ben Cooling, Edgars, cashley
benclimbing 07/Aug/14 AltLd O/S

2nd time on this route. Definitely a couple of pokey bits for PD!

with cashley, Edgars, jonskippy
MartF 04/Aug/14 -

NW Ridge Integral. Started low down on the rock ridge by heading direclty across the glacier from the bottom of the telepherique exit steps. Moved together all the way up. Nobody on the lower half, completely crowded after the point where most other groups joined the ridge. Reversed as far as below the crux move then downclimbed the North Face to get back to the Grands Montets.

with Matt
Hidden 04/Aug/14 AltLd
anthonylewis 01/Aug/14 AltLd O/S
Hidden 01/Aug/14 AltLd O/S
ian.ross.bnc ?/Aug/14 2nd

with Tom, Georgia, Mark and Jake

Hidden ?/Aug/14 Lead
Marshall ?/Aug/14 2nd
Senna 30/Jul/14 -
jazzyjeff 30/Jul/14 -
with Ross, Sean
scottywakefield 30/Jul/14 Lead

Scottish conditions, terrible visibility, snow, some rain. Icy at bergschrund. Soaking wet for the rest of the day (and night)... but had a great time.

with Aline
JezzaCat 29/Jul/14 Lead O/S

Cloud, snowing, ice.... more like Scottish Winter than Alpine Summer!

with Stella
matty123 29/Jul/14 Lead
with Susanne Vuori
alastairbegley 28/Jul/14 AltLd

http://www.masterplan-mountaineering.co.uk/2014/07/petite-verte/

Slick 28/Jul/14 AltLd
Hidden 25/Jul/14 Lead rpt
Roberttaylor 25/Jul/14 Solo

In descent. Abseiled one rope length from the notch.

Hidden 25/Jul/14 Solo O/S
ben.phillips 22/Jul/14 AltLd O/S
with Ron, Hannah, Ellie, Mike Gallimore, Andrew Erskine
MichaelGallimore 21/Jul/14 -

Acclimitisation peak. In poor visibility. Moved together. Ellie's first time in crampons. Abseiled from the top. Took longer than expected but big descrepancy in time estimation between guidebooks.

with Ellie
tradguy 19/Jul/14 AltLd dnf
mcaterina 19/Jul/14 AltLd
rpinto 18/Jul/14 -
Hidden 15/Jul/14 Lead
Hidden 14/Jul/14 -
Hidden 11/Jul/14 Solo
andy_e 10/Jul/14 Lead O/S
NielsC 05/Jul/14 AltLd
Hidden 05/Jul/14 AltLd
OutdoorGirl 05/Jul/14 2nd
Francis Hardy 05/Jul/14 AltLd
Richard Alderton 01/Jul/14 -
EllieWoods 01/Jul/14 AltLd O/S
with Rich
Street 28/Jun/14 2nd
Calum Wadsworth 28/Jun/14 -

Busy

with Jem Greenway
Matt Harmon 28/Jun/14 AltLd O/S

moved together throughout, very busy

Sam Ash 28/Jun/14 AltLd O/S
with Anna Duckett, Matt the Fresher
Teappleby 28/Jun/14 2nd

busy as to be expected. Still a fun little route though. Grabbed just before the weather turned high up.

Dawn_K_B 28/Jun/14 AltLd O/S

First day the lift was open. glad to have chosen to do a small route as the weather closed in in the afternoon. Proved to Tom I'm not always a mess..!

Anna duckett 28/Jun/14 AltLd
with Matt H, Sam Ash
Sam Simpson 20/Mar/14 -
with Callum Glass, David Williams
Hidden 14/Mar/14 Solo
gfpowell 13/Mar/14 -

Down climbed ridge after ascent of north face

peakcaver ??/2014 -
Hidden ??/2014 -
mike mo ??/2014 -
Hidden ??/2014 -
Hidden 13/Dec/13 Solo O/S
joelevanschamonix 12/Dec/13 Solo β

http://joelevanschamonix.com/2013/12/13/petit-aiguille-vert-3512m/

jack.williams1 06/Sep/13 AltLd
masmith 06/Sep/13 AltLd
with Cathy Burke, Jack Williams
jac00 05/Sep/13 Lead O/S
with Linda
scottywakefield 02/Sep/13 2nd

Icy after the bergschrund and along the ridge line. Good screw placements. Beautiful day.

with rick mobbs
Chris dyer 31/Aug/13 AltLd dnf

Turned back due to insufficient time remaining

with Jack Hunter, Oli Foxlow
Hidden 27/Aug/13 -
Hidden 27/Aug/13 AltLd O/S
danieleaston 23/Aug/13 AltLd
with Mark
Finn Curry 18/Aug/13 Lead
with John Wilshaw
justaddpowder 18/Aug/13 Lead

Clear, sunny day. Moved together up the 'Ordinary' route path to ridge and got up the 'crux' wall no probs. Watched as 2 guys moved down from 'peak' along the ridge to peak further along. Abb'd once down NE ridge line and traversed across to the descent route. Removing crampons to climb on crux wall and above ridge is recomended next time. 3512m PD (I) 3b

with Marie Channon, Caroline Milree
Ccmilree 18/Aug/13 -
LP 11/Aug/13 -

4th and final peak of the trip. Icy! Especially over the bergschrund.A great end to a good first alpine trip.

Hidden 09/Aug/13 Solo
euanryan 09/Aug/13 -
with Willis
Hidden 05/Aug/13 Lead
Jo sumner 05/Aug/13 2nd
Paul Collins ?/Aug/13 -
robgixer ?/Aug/13 Lead
Hidden ?/Aug/13 -
orb ?/Aug/13 Lead
with Mylo
David Maddison 31/Jul/13 AltLd O/S

First alpine route

steve-grigg 31/Jul/13 AltLd
Hidden 30/Jul/13 -
ClimbingGlen 30/Jul/13 AltLd O/S
bonoid 28/Jul/13 Lead
with Duncan McLaughlin
Hidden 28/Jul/13 Solo
Stephen Halliday 26/Jul/13 AltLd
Hidden 22/Jul/13 -
Martin Haworth 21/Jul/13 AltLd O/S
Hidden 21/Jul/13 AltLd
Hidden 16/Jul/13 Lead O/S
Bruce S 16/Jul/13 2nd
Hidden 12/Jul/13 AltLd O/S
BoulderyDave 11/Jul/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 11/Jul/13 -
Ciaran Mullan 10/Jul/13 -
Nigel Bond 09/Jul/13 -
with Andy Blakely, Deirdre Collier
steve_gibbs 09/Jul/13 AltLd O/S
with Nick Drinkall
Hidden 07/Jul/13 AltLd
Hidden 07/Jul/13 2nd O/S
Slick 06/Jul/13 -
Hidden 06/Jul/13 -
2010_graham 05/Jul/13 Lead
blue-icefox 04/Jul/13 AltLd
with Graham
ma.cecilia 01/Jul/13 -
with Michael Fyfe
gingerking ?/Jul/13 Lead O/S

In descent

Benjaminblanc ?/Jul/13 -
Hidden 30/Jun/13 2nd O/S
KatOstrich ?/Jun/13 AltLd

didn't quite summit due to queues, came down the face

with Laurence
laurence_falconer ?/Jun/13 -
with Katherine Ostritch
Hidden ?/Jun/13 Lead O/S
kelly_426 ?/Jun/13 -
Hidden ??/2013 -
Tobias at Home ??/2013 -
jcw ??/2013 -
walts4 ??/2013 -
darcan ??/2013 Lead
with ciara lane
ollyroberts 04/Sep/12 Lead O/S
with Sam
Hidden 29/Aug/12 AltLd O/S
Sam Husband 19/Aug/12 AltLd O/S

Start early descent can drag on a bit in the sunshine!

with Ed
Stroppy 19/Aug/12 AltLd

Nice route but was absolutely boiling, ended up with an awful dehydration headache!

CurlyStevo ?/Aug/12 AltLd
with Rob, Kenny
robbraby ?/Aug/12 AltLd
with Kenny, Steveo
DigitalSteak ?/Aug/12 Lead
alan barnes ?/Aug/12 -
with sam d
tombushell ?/Aug/12 AltLd
with John Bushell, Sam Husband, Ed Hastrop
Hidden 30/Jul/12 2nd
Hidden 30/Jul/12 2nd O/S
guy757 30/Jul/12 Lead
benny_m 26/Jul/12 AltLd rpt
with Su
Hidden 26/Jul/12 AltLd
Hidden 22/Jul/12 AltLd O/S
ashtond6 20/Jul/12 Lead
Hidden 18/Jul/12 -
Hidden 18/Jul/12 AltLd O/S
zcsharp 11/Jul/12 2nd

Used it as a decent after doing the North Face.

Katherine Ross 11/Jul/12 Lead O/S

Descent from North Face.

Hidden 07/Jul/12 Lead
Woolly 07/Jul/12 AltLd
Hidden 07/Jul/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 07/Jul/12 2nd
ladymuck 07/Jul/12 2nd O/S

A lesson in Alpine crowds, took about 2 hrs, mostly moving together

Keith Lambley 07/Jul/12 -
with Paul G, Kate R
Finn Curry 05/Jul/12 Lead
with Tom Williams
stewart100 04/Jul/12 Lead
AMJ098 04/Jul/12 AltLd O/S
Webster 04/Jul/12 AltLd O/S

moved together, descent

island_explorer 04/Jul/12 -
ThomasO'Hagan ?/Jul/12 -
with Tim, John Begley
efetunc ?/Jul/12 AltLd

Very crowded route: On the descent, we had to escape through the AD graded snow slope and be bombarded by snow and ice from above.

with Rafal Malczyk
stanleynkk ?/Jul/12 AltLd

First alpine route ever, unfortunately, there are over 50 people doing the route in the same day, a massive traffic jam on the route.

with Karen Stepanyan, Oliver Alderman
trivett 30/Jun/12 -

Decent after the north face... stupidly busy

with Strachan McCormick, Luke Davies
Hidden 30/Jun/12 AltLd O/S
col3 30/Jun/12 -

Horrifically busy. Some nasty ice, not as good as last year.

with Paul
Hidden 10/Sep/11 Solo O/S
Hidden 09/Sep/11 AltLd
Jon Sutterby 07/Sep/11 2nd β

Led by guide, climbed as training/acclimatisation for Mont Blanc traverse attempt. Weather poor with limited visibility.

with Steve Bate
Hidden 06/Sep/11 AltLd
Sam Simpson 06/Sep/11 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Sep/11 -
jpksalmon 23/Aug/11 2nd O/S

First Alpine Climb. Was lead by my guide on a rope of 2. Clear weather but with a quick shower when we getting near to the top. Abseil descent down the face and then walked the rest.

wookie667 22/Aug/11 Lead
brad_tait 22/Aug/11 -
geoff.comley 20/Aug/11 Solo O/S

1st ever alpine route, acclimatisation peak aswell. I love the Alps!!!!

Hidden 19/Aug/11 -
Hidden 19/Aug/11 -
Hidden 18/Aug/11 -
Binder 18/Aug/11 AltLd O/S

In descent

with Chris L
Hidden 12/Aug/11 Solo O/S
Bobby Nic 11/Aug/11 Lead

First proper lead in the Alps - very easy, but hey - I'm learning!

with Sanjiv Rana
Phil Murray 04/Aug/11 Lead dnf

Got to the 3c drop and bagged off due to crowds & time taken to get that far. Descending took even longer. Plenty of pro. Nice.

with Helen, Liz
Hidden 04/Aug/11 -
Pete Rigby ?/Aug/11 AltLd O/S
with Kelli Roberts
kelliroberts3 ?/Aug/11 AltLd O/S
nigel pearson 30/Jul/11 -
with Mark
Hidden 30/Jul/11 -
Hidden 30/Jul/11 AltLd
Poco Loco 29/Jul/11 AltLd

Quick fun route. Interesting snowy mixed conditions on the summit ridge.

with R. Horler, Bald Eagle
BALD EAGLE 29/Jul/11 AltLd
with Rob Horler, J.Pomeroy
Karl Wooffindin 28/Jul/11 AltLd O/S
with Ollie Hemstock
Hidden 28/Jul/11 AltLd O/S
manbat 27/Jul/11 -
Hidden 26/Jul/11 -
Hidden 26/Jul/11 -
Hidden 25/Jul/11 AltLd O/S
Hidden 25/Jul/11 Lead
Hidden 23/Jul/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 22/Jul/11 AltLd
catemuir 22/Jul/11 2nd

Used as descent

with Will
matthewjames 22/Jul/11 Lead O/S
HarryB 22/Jul/11 AltLd

in descent

with Ollie
tompilgrem 18/Jul/11 AltLd dnf

Good snow conditions despite yesterdays fresh snow. Had to retreat about halfway up the upper ridge as weather was coming in and was only done for aclimitisation so turned back. May return later as was a lovely mixed ridge.

with Dad
bobpilgrem 18/Jul/11 AltLd dnf

Turned around about half way up ridge- nice mixed climbing- due to congestion and weather closing in.Nice start to our first alpine trip,and an ideal climb to start a trip with.

with Bob/Tom
Petarghh 15/Jul/11 Solo
Hidden 15/Jul/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 15/Jul/11 AltLd
Hidden 15/Jul/11 AltLd
col3 12/Jul/11 AltLd O/S

First Alpine route on our own! Loved it, a bit technical so a great introduction to mixed for the both of us.

with Paul
Paul1 12/Jul/11 Lead

Walked together. First experience of mixed clibing. Was the perfect lenght and dififuly for first alpine route.

with Nicole
yashvi 10/Jul/11 Lead O/S
with Jo Wimalasena
jac00 10/Jul/11 -
with Tom
shed_hed 09/Jul/11 AltLd O/S
with Martin Mills, Ben Littley
Petarghh 06/Jul/11 Lead

Did crux after the face climb for more interest

with Stewie
RKernan 05/Jul/11 Lead O/S
with Drew McLaughlin, Colleen Mann
Hidden 04/Jul/11 -
Stewart B 02/Jul/11 Solo

In descent

Hidden ?/Jul/11 AltLd
tomtom89 ?/Jul/11 -
with Jack
jonesieboy ?/Jul/11 Lead

Climbed with Alan and Pat whilst we waited to do Mont Blanc. Very busy!

steve-grigg ?/Jul/11 AltLd O/S
Dan0Me ?/Jul/11 Solo
evemcvey ?/Jun/11 2nd
Kris ?/May/11 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden 01/Sep/10 AltLd O/S
alan barnes ?/Sep/10 -
with Dan Platt, luke
Ander 31/Aug/10 -

A little bit of poo, misjudging the best line from the top of the glacier to the shoulder.

with Jimb0
Jimb0 31/Aug/10 -
with Ander
Hidden 18/Aug/10 Lead O/S
Phil Jennings 13/Aug/10 Lead
with Katie Main, Robbie Cammack, Ally Rocke
allyrocke 13/Aug/10 2nd O/S
with Katie Main, Phil Jennings, Robbie
Camdenelectric 06/Aug/10 AltLd O/S
wi11 06/Aug/10 Lead O/S

Forst ones up then down climbed the north face

with Chris Gee
Hidden ?/Aug/10 -
ruaidh 23/Jul/10 AltLd O/S

We were going to do the couloir, but had a chat with a guide in the cable car on the way up who said morning sun could mean tricky ascent so we did this one instead (again). Alpine Club guide gives this an F+. Abbed of side of the ridge to avoid the hordes on the way down. Back on the Montets station at midday. Delightful morning out. Dramatic views of the Dru from the summit ridge. Would defintely recommend.

K Farrell 21/Jul/10 -
with Imogen Beal
Chris Sansum 20/Jul/10 2nd O/S

Decided to spend a day seconding after leading all of the pitches the previous day.

Hidden 14/Jul/10 -
Jack Loftus 14/Jul/10 AltLd O/S
georgenvk 14/Jul/10 Lead O/S
JonBrown 10/Jul/10 Lead O/S
with Steve, Simon
thetradlad 10/Jul/10 Lead O/S

too busy at on last rock section so descended the same way just before reaching the top. virtually reached the summit!

Hidden 09/Jul/10 AltLd O/S
Claire Molloy 09/Jul/10 AltLd
Hidden 09/Jul/10 -
Petarghh 07/Jul/10 Solo O/S
thomas 06/Jul/10 Lead rpt

Climbed as acclimatisation route when leading alpine novice, as usual never fails to dissapoint, brilliant mornings climb, busy as usual particularly with british guided parties, still enjoy this route more than the slightly harder north face farther to the left. More snow on it than in the past but have climbed it later in the season (August) in the past. Weather superb on the day.

with Russ Cooper
groovy_nut 05/Jul/10 -
with Patrick
Clay C 05/Jul/10 AltLd O/S
with Max
Hidden ?/Jul/10 Lead
Mike Hood ?/Jul/10 AltLd
Betha. ?/Jul/10 2nd O/S
with Luke, Dan
Hidden ?/Apr/10 -
alancash100 ??/2010 AltLd
keith leonard ??/2010 -
Guy Wilson ??/2010 -
Hidden 21/Aug/09 Lead
Hidden 20/Aug/09 -
Hidden 19/Aug/09 AltLd O/S
roryifinlay 14/Aug/09 -

Route was very dry, with no snow on the ridge itself.

with Phil Payne
dpe 10/Aug/09 -
tjmillen 04/Aug/09 AltLd
with simon hall
benny_m 27/Jul/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 27/Jul/09 -
StevieB125 24/Jul/09 -

Ascended via the North-West Ridge & descended via the North-East Ridge to complete the traverse of the South Face.

with Rémi Vignon, Craig Stevens
Timo Austino 23/Jul/09 Solo O/S
Tony Ryland 17/Jul/09 -
with Jonathan Davies
barney800 16/Jul/09 -

First independent Alpine climb. Got first lift. Bergschrund and bottom section of ridge were very icy (but fun!). Rest of ridge was nice, clean rock.

Andy DB 16/Jul/09 -
with James B
tdudley 16/Jul/09 Lead O/S

had a couple of ice pitches after bergshrund. first alpine climb without a guide.

with Pieta Seppänen, John
Dan_Staff 12/Jul/09 -
Jesse Dufton 12/Jul/09 -
Hidden 11/Jul/09 AltLd
martin one 09/Jul/09 -
with dave knight
treeminkies 06/Jul/09 Lead
with the earl
Hidden 05/Jul/09 AltLd
Hidden 05/Jul/09 AltLd
treeminkies 04/Jul/09 Lead
with carole
matt_ringrose ?/Jul/09 AltLd O/S

My first alpine accent.

with Tom Dewhurts
Neil Metcalfe101 ?/Jul/09 -
with Allan Mac., John treeminkies & Carole.
Em66 ?/Jul/09 -
with Conville
JonHarvey ?/Jul/09 Solo rpt
Hidden ?/Jul/09 Lead O/S
thecurlyone ?/Jul/09 Lead O/S
with Liam McGuane
Hidden ?/Jul/09 2nd
nickdonohue ?/Apr/09 Lead

In descent

with Francois ?
CT6419 ??/2009 -
Petarghh 06/Sep/08 Lead
Hidden 05/Sep/08 -
Hidden ?/Sep/08 -
sopaz 24/Aug/08 -
nukebat 14/Aug/08 Lead O/S
with Colin
Hidden 08/Aug/08 AltLd
philboy 08/Aug/08 AltLd
with matt g
Hidden ?/Aug/08 AltLd O/S
trigger118 ?/Aug/08 Lead O/S
Adderbury Climber ?/Aug/08 AltLd O/S
Hidden 27/Jul/08 AltLd O/S
alek 26/Jul/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 26/Jul/08 AltLd
Hidden 25/Jul/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 25/Jul/08 Lead O/S
gordon henderson 21/Jul/08 AltLd O/S
with MRT
HIGHTOWER 21/Jul/08 AltLd
with Paul Millen
Hidden 18/Jul/08 AltLd dnf
d_meacher 11/Jul/08 AltLd O/S
with Carolyn Mills
Hidden 10/Jul/08 AltLd
sargy 10/Jul/08 AltLd O/S

late'ish start, the snow was beginning to turn slushy, with lots of other groups backing off. First alpine route after completing the Conville course the year before.

with Matt Glenister
Hidden 10/Jul/08 -
Hidden 10/Jul/08 AltLd O/S
Hidden 10/Jul/08 AltLd
matty g 10/Jul/08 AltLd O/S
swmackey ?/Jul/08 AltLd
with Annie Kirkwood
kevin k ?/Jul/08 -

fun little climb, Dont get stuck behind the slow movers.

vincentvega ?/Jul/08 AltLd
with danny robb, kevin k
jimbobimbo ?/Jul/08 AltLd dnf
katie75 ?/Jul/08 Lead O/S
with allan
m1ke_smith ?/Jul/08 -
JdotP ?/Jul/08 AltLd O/S

Mainly moved together. I got stuck in a chimney. Were waiting for ages behind a slow British party just below the ridge.

with Bjarte Grytli Seim
Gibbo ?/Jul/08 AltLd
with Tom Gibbison
quantized 03/May/08 Lead O/S

Our first alpine ascent. Smashing.

with Charlie Vereker
Hamfunk 05/Sep/07 -

First taste of Alpine climbing!

with Sascha, Dad
Hidden 28/Aug/07 -
Hidden 28/Aug/07 2nd
Hidden 28/Aug/07 Lead
Cardi 14/Aug/07 Lead O/S
with Sunil
FrankW 06/Aug/07 Lead O/S
with Laura
Dustin 04/Aug/07 2nd O/S
with Vanessa Machin, Charlotte Colls, Felicity Soper
Teappleby ?/Aug/07 AltLd
with mum, Sarah, dad
tobydunford 24/Jul/07 Lead dnf
Hidden 17/Jul/07 Lead
Hidden 06/Jul/07 AltLd O/S
david morse ?/Jul/07 -
with ric moat and jon denniss
Hidden ?/Jul/07 -
Hidden ?/Jul/07 Lead
Hidden 27/Jun/07 AltLd O/S
Hidden 24/Jun/07 Solo dnf
Hidden ?/Jun/07 Lead O/S
boynamedsue 22/Sep/06 AltLd O/S

Also in the group was Lloydd Williams, miserable bugger that he is.

Hidden 02/Sep/06 AltLd
Hidden 25/Aug/06 AltLd
Nicos 25/Aug/06 Lead O/S
Nix Ward 22/Aug/06 2nd

my first alpine climb

harryt ?/Aug/06 2nd O/S
with Brian
Tony Kartawick ?/Aug/06 AltLd

Extremely cold, much harder that the position in Rebuffats book implies nontheless; a fantastic,relatively short alpine experience.

with James Thomas
Phill_ Thompson ?/Aug/06 AltLd
with Mike Lea, Lucy Prins
Chris Davids 13/Jul/06 AltLd O/S
with Mark (Irish)
BazVee 09/Jul/06 2nd
with Peter & Barry H
Russell Lovett 05/Jul/06 AltLd
with andrew haigh
Hidden 04/Jul/06 -
tatz45 ?/Jul/06 Solo O/S
JonHarvey ?/Jul/06 Lead
with Eugene
Hidden ?/Jul/06 -
Hidden ?/Jul/06 Solo
Hidden 29/Jun/06 AltLd O/S
djking1983 29/Jun/06 AltLd O/S
Hidden 29/Jun/06 AltLd
Hidden 26/Jun/06 AltLd O/S
Somerset swede basher 22/Jun/06 AltLd rpt
with Rich Siddle
shazhooper ?/Jun/06 -
with michael maben
Lawrie Brand 20/Apr/06 Solo O/S
Hidden ?/Sep/05 AltLd O/S
Hidden 26/Aug/05 -
sacdenouilles ?/Aug/05 Solo
sacdenouilles ?/Aug/05 Lead
JonHarvey ?/Aug/05 AltLd O/S

fun route ,, did this after being in ailfroide for two weeks ,, very different feeling with cable car and tourists everywhere!!

with Michael Maben
pnorth ?/Aug/05 2nd

Guided.

with Aaron Beardsmore
Will Gordon ?/Aug/05 Lead rpt
with Phil Nelson, Rob Gleeson
Mat J ?/Jul/05 -

First alpine summit !

with Alex & Jakob
AndyP ?/Jul/05 Lead O/S

30m visibility occassionally clearing to about 100m. One other party (4 Brits) on route but they turned back at the start of the ridge. Snowfall. -1oC. There is a move of about UK winter 4 on this route.

with Graham
Somerset swede basher ?/Jul/05 2nd O/S
with Masa Sakano
Hidden ?/Jul/05 -
Rob84 28/Jun/05 AltLd O/S

First alpine route after Conville Course

with Don and Matt
Ewan Russell ?/Aug/04 2nd O/S
with Mike(Dad)
tom_holdsworth 10/Jul/04 -
with Will Taylor
featuresforfeet ?/Jul/04 -

Quite like Ikea on a Sunday.

kenseamon ?/Jul/04 2nd
with Kathy Cosley
Stuart Johnston ?/Jul/04 Lead
with Will Hys
auld al ?/Jul/04 2nd O/S
Will Gordon ?/Jul/04 Lead O/S
with James Roberts, Chris Bradshaw, Ben Cheek
Yyonnx ?/Jun/04 Lead

Out of how many, Noah, the girl, and the three English blokes, 5 people, three parties in total, Pepijn and I made it thru the throngs of people to the summit. And then I took a bit of a plunge down the north face which Pep was kind enough to halt. We slept well on the col that night.

with Pepijn
Hidden ?/Jun/04 -
LardClimber ?/Jun/04 -
Simnel ?/Sep/03 -
with Steve O'B
Hidden 08/Aug/03 Lead
Howard J 04/Aug/03 -

+ Rachel James. Also a lot of others from IMC on separate ropes. Paul Barker & Lizzie Leeming missed the last cable car

with Jo Edwards
Smelly Fox ?/Aug/03 AltLd O/S
Captain Solo ?/Aug/03 Lead

Had to solo the last bit and descend down the NNE Ridge because Karen didn't fancy it!

with Karen
Danhan 08/Jul/03 AltLd
with Steve
sebastien ?/Jul/03 AltLd
with UCPA
Stuart Johnston ?/Jul/03 Lead
abbeywall ?/Jul/03 -
with K
MJH 28/Aug/02 -
with Keith D/Dave H
Hidden ?/Aug/02 Lead
breithorn4164 ?/Aug/02 Lead
with Iain
Andy Clarke 28/Jul/02 AltLd

Done in descent after NNE Ridge.

with JamesW
Hidden 28/Jul/02 AltLd
stuartm555 11/Jul/02 AltLd
with Douglas Cowan
biggianthead 11/Jul/02 -
with T
shaun walby ?/Jul/02 AltLd O/S

First alpine route,didnt take the cable car climbed up from the valley fall bivy overnight in ski shed, climbed at first light.

with Mike Steel
tebs ?/Jul/02 -
with Sci
Alpandy ?/Jul/02 AltLd
with Matt Owen
Tubroos! ?/Jul/02 -

Descent after NNE ridge.

with Kate Lloyd
dan_o_b ?/Jul/02 AltLd
clams ??/2002 -

In descent

with AD, Tim
Rob Oram 01/Sep/01 AltLd O/S

Nice intro to alpine climbing. Moved together on the roped part rotating lead between us.

with Tom Asbridge
Ed Saint ?/Sep/01 -
Hidden 17/Jul/01 AltLd
Dave Bond ?/Jul/01 -
with john leyland
Stone Muppet ??/2001 -
fizzy_elephant ?/Aug/00 -
with Roger
net ?/Jul/00 -
with Rob & Karen
paul birch ?/Jul/00 -
rlrs ?/Aug/99 AltLd
with MM et.al.
tallthinmonkey ?/Jul/98 2nd
with Ewan Paterson
Robinl100 ?/Jul/98 -
with Paddy Muir
andybuckley ?/Jul/98 -

My first alpine route, climbed the proper way i.e. walked up from Cham, bivvied, and did this *before* taking a BMC/Conville alpine course and learning what not to do! Nice wee route, done several times since then to introduce new uni mountaineering groups to the Alps.

with Hilary Macmillan
gwedgwood ?/Jul/98 2nd
with Murray Ball, Geraldine Achard
jasonC abroad ?/Jun/98 Solo O/S

First alpine climb, looked intimidating but was okay once on it. We did it as a roped pair, no belaying just flicking the rope over odds bits of rock.

Richard Alderton ??/1998 -
the abmmc ??/1998 2nd
surfdad ??/1998 -
Bilbo 31/Jan/97 AltLd

Lovely weather and good climb PD

with Steve B and Lee
Hidden ??/1997 -
timjones 26/Aug/96 -
with Warwick Hadley, Adeline Jones
Laramadness 29/Jul/96 -

In descent

with Steve Munton
cem ?/Jul/96 -
John Andrew Simpson ?/Dec/95 Lead
with Martyn Sellers
Hidden ?/Aug/95 AltLd
tompercy 02/Jul/94 -
with Mum & Dad
Hidden ??/1994 Solo
Hidden ?/Jun/93 -
Hidden 13/Aug/92 AltLd
John Southworth ?/Jul/92 -
Sime64 ?/Aug/91 AltLd
with Gill
Hidden ?/Jul/90 AltLd
Pete_Frost ?/Jul/89 -
gallonj ?/Jul/88 -
Hammy 20/Jul/85 Solo
Tony Prendergast ?/Jul/85 -
with Steve Kent, Daz Nolan, Susan Oldfield, Mike Evans, Mike Cleary
biggianthead 21/Aug/84 -
with G
andy tetsill ?/Aug/84 -
with Derek, Ian Bennet,, Joy
Hidden ?/Jul/84 -
andy tetsill ?/Aug/83 Lead
with Joy
John Marsland ??/1982 Lead dnf
with Eduardo Martinez, Andy Veveris
Bolt Phobia ?/Jul/78 -
with Nicole, Kit Spencer
Steve Bell ??/1977 -
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