After a previously aborted attempt due to running out of time, we scrambled the first section to start at the letterbox pitch.
Swung leads to the summit with Dave taking the awkward step across and me landing the crux after some confusion on the finish of a previous pitch.
Amazing climbing and a great day out, only slightly ruined by the long walk down after missing the final lift.
Adam_42 - AltLd O/S - 06/Sep/15 with David Thexton
Would be nails in big boots! Happy to have rock shoes on crux pitch. Wish we had chalk as well! No need for crampons or axe as the descent was dry. We had double 60m ropes but a single would have been adequate. Felt a shame to not go to the summit but there just wasn't long enough if going from the first lift to the last lift
benclimbing - AltLd O/S - 30/Aug/15 with graham boistelle
JessWilliams - 2nd dnf - 23/Aug/15 with OliverRoss
Had intentions of climbing the Contamine-Vaucher, but miscommunication the night before meant that we only had a single 60m rope between us, which wouldn't have allowed abseiling the face, so this was our consolation route, and a good value consolation route it was! Good fun all the way.
Ken Applegate - AltLd - 11/Aug/15 with Andy Barker
Really good climbing with some worryingly large hollow flakes. Tough in big boots.
Andrew Barker - AltLd O/S - 11/Aug/15 with Ken Applegate
EllieWoods - AltLd O/S - 07/Aug/15 with pete belfield
3 teams ahead moving slowly theough the crux. So we abbed off.
chapmand - AltLd dnf - 28/Jul/15 with Ian Stewart
started route too low accidentally and got lost on the 2nd pillar thinking we were on 4th pillar and crux pitch. ended up in an orangy overhung corner which was far harder than what we should have been on (a 4b pitch round the corner). ended up running out of time and bailed.
hlegge - AltLd dnf - 23/Jul/15 with Dom Pearce
Lead the crux pitch and the first chimney. 1st class rock
HP9 - AltLd - 17/Jul/15 with Ales Cesen
Petarghh - AltLd - 07/Jul/15
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 07/Jul/15
D 4c trad
Brucemacrosson - AltLd - Jul/15 with Luke Smithwick
Hidden - AltLd dnf - Jul/15
Chrismoore94 - AltLd - 26/Jun/15 with Rory Tunnah
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 25/Jun/15
3hrs. Block leads. Cracking day. Bum slide down snow slope on descent.
davkeo - AltLd rpt - 18/Jun/15 with Niall Hedderman
Brilliant day in fantastic surroundings and blue sky weather. Easy climbing with a nice crux pitch.
davkeo - AltLd O/S - 11/Jun/15 with Ken Doyle
Amazing day on stunning rock. Very pleasant climbing in great positions.
Hugh Simons - AltLd - 06/Jun/15 with Daniel Grierson
Really engrossing climbing and fantastic situations! The letterbox pitch was superb
calumhicks - Lead - 06/Jun/15 with Adam Harris
Went off route at the 2nd tower, ended up on a pitch way too hard for the route. Shame, as the climbing was great!
Euan Todd - AltLd dnf - 05/Jun/15 with Ali
joelevanschamonix - 2015
pow22 - 2nd O/S - 11/Sep/14
fantastic climb done in rock shoes, moved together on the easy pitches, wonderful positions moves and exposure, defo worth 3 stars, so pleased! done climb in 4 hours!
Matthew Martin Wsm - 2nd - 05/Sep/14 with dave kenyon
Finished last pitch in a storm. Cold and wet descent.
Clay C - AltLd - 05/Sep/14 with George
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 05/Sep/14
steve_gibbs - AltLd O/S - 05/Sep/14 with Verity, Hannah
67hours - AltLd - 05/Sep/14 with Clay
A fantastic route in stunning weather! Very sociable with many teams on it. Stayed in the plan de l'aiguille hut after which was excellent
MrRiley - AltLd - 02/Sep/14 with Richard Hines
Little AndyH - AltLd O/S - 02/Sep/14
Rickrick - 02/Sep/14
Climbed in approach shoes, moved together save for about 3 pitches.
alexm198 - AltLd O/S - 02/Sep/14 with James Thompson
Hidden - AltLd - 02/Sep/14
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Sep/14
Timothy Miller - Solo O/S - 17/Aug/14
Hidden - 10/Aug/14
Hidden - AltLd - 10/Aug/14
Moved together early on then pitched the majority of the harder parts. Found it exposed! Cruz felt pretty stiff as well but all in all some great climbing and a true mountaineering adventure winding up and around gendarmes. Wanted to continue to the peigne but got stuck in traffic. Would have been too slow anyway its longer than you think!
ndraper1 - AltLd - 01/Aug/14
matty123 - AltLd O/S - 27/Jul/14
jogle03 - AltLd O/S - 25/Jul/14
Mr. K - AltLd O/S - 25/Jul/14 with Masa Sakano
Started in moving together, but eventually we got stuck behind parties, and pitched till the end since. I lead the 2 cruxes free. On our descent we missed the best line and ended up abseiling for (additional) 2 pitches immediately before reaching the snow-field. Nice little route! I have reliased if one wants to summit after this in a day, they have to be pretty fast.
masa-alpin - AltLd O/S - 25/Jul/14 with Kyle
Repeat ascent but in big boots this time: totally different proposition - very strenuous! Top tip: instead of climbing the wall on the 3rd tower, drop down to the right and climb the flakes instead it's a jugfest and huge fun!
Pete_Frost - AltLd - 16/Jul/14 with Ash Fusiarski
Hidden - AltLd - 03/Jul/14
Great route, went back to finish it off in glorious weather. Led the crux.
DigitalSteak - AltLd O/S - 03/Jul/14
Nemmie - Jul/14
Ran out of lift days so walked up from Valley. moved together for most of it and were back in the valley by 2pm including running down from the half way. Jake took the gear on the lift both ways. good effort to Tom and Anna, quality route.
benkelsey - AltLd β - 29/Jun/14 with Jake Shaw
Up to half way before hail stopped play.
DigitalSteak - AltLd dnf - 28/Jun/14 with Graeme Barr
machars - AltLd dnf - 28/Jun/14 with Charley
Ace route, moved together for quite a bit, Ben probably led 2/3's. Easily made the lift back down!
JakeWShaw - AltLd O/S - 28/Jun/14 with Ben Kelsey
Got first lift to plan. Walked in a bit too far round to the left and ended up doing a bolted pitch to gain the ridge again. Great climbing all the way, got slowed down by a party ahead at the first 5c move, it took them an hour! Anna then led it quickly afterwards and I led the letterbox and the 5b at the top. 16 pitches and topped out about 19:00. Then we must have missed the descent because we came down a gully onto the Pelerins glacier, it was 7 abs and aload of sketchy downclimbing between them, obviously some else had done this before though because there was tat all the way. The second to last ab was terrifying because it was off a tiny, slopey, spike about 2-3 inches high! and then when I pulled the ropes they ran fine and the knot came down, but then the end wedged solid and eventually had to chop it and do the final ab on 1 rope. Descended the glacier and finally got into bivi bags at plan about 1am. By the time we had got up, walked down, bought some food and got the bus home, it was 29 hours from campsite to campsite! A really great route, was really fun and a real alpine adventure!
Teappleby - AltLd - 26/Jun/14 with Anna Duckett
Anna duckett - AltLd - 26/Jun/14 with Tom
Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Jun/14
joelevanschamonix - 2nd β - 25/Jun/14 with Emily roo
mike mo - 2014
Hidden - 2014
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 07/Sep/13
letterbox pitch particularily gd
simondunf - AltLd O/S - 07/Sep/13 with caspar
Started late, was not long before the big boots came off, Fletch lead letterbox pitch very nicely. Finished in the dark at 9pm then abbed down, finding the right descent route after some scrambling around and got to the glacier (solid) at midnight, a warm starry night helped the atmos.
mrmattwright - 2nd O/S - 05/Sep/13 with Adrian Fletcher
guy757 - 23/Aug/13 with Vic
bullwinkle - AltLd rpt - 22/Aug/13 with Danny
Sublime route, great day out. Mainly pretty easy with a few steps of English 4b / 4c, and one pitch that felt 5a and a very short pull of 5b.
A Crook - AltLd O/S - 14/Aug/13 with Simon Frost, Dave Garry
frost - AltLd - 14/Aug/13 with Adam, D Garry
After Lépidoptères, so only top couple of pitches, but led the amazing pitch up the slab on the big tower. Lovely stuff.
Tom Last - AltLd O/S - 10/Aug/13 with Billy
Palindrome - 2nd O/S - 06/Aug/13
Ben Briggs - AltLd O/S - 03/Aug/13 with Toby
Jack00 - AltLd O/S - Aug/13 with Edd Carrigan
Ed carrigan - Aug/13
Vincej - 2nd - Aug/13 with Cyril
jimmatthews - AltLd - 28/Jul/13 with Joe Toller
Only people on the route.
planetmarshall - 2nd - 17/Jul/13
spragglerocks - AltLd - 16/Jul/13 with Ben
Batt - AltLd O/S - 16/Jul/13 with Si Coldrick
French free in big boots
SteveM - AltLd - 14/Jul/13 with Tobs
Hidden - Lead - 01/Jul/13
Gumery - 01/Jul/13 with Forshaw
NoelleG - 2nd - 01/Jul/13 with gde
Great climb to start off a first alpine trip, would've been better if we hadn't had missed the lift and had to walk all the way back down to chamonix but still had a great day.
Nicole Almond - 2nd - 16/Jun/13 with Dad
Nice intro for Nicole and nice intro to altitude. Would have been good to catch the lift off but a meal at the plan hut and a walk down in the setting sun made it more bearable.
Dave Almond - AltLd - 16/Jun/13 with Nicole Almond
Tobias at Home - 2013
walts4 - 2013
mux - AltLd O/S - 2013 with A Crook, frost
James Thacker - 2013
jcw - 2013
Hidden - AltLd - 17/Sep/12
Hidden - AltLd - 28/Aug/12
Got half way along, rap of due to storm
JKBowers - AltLd - 20/Aug/12 with Dilan Pathmajothy
Hidden - AltLd - 17/Aug/12
Hidden - AltLd - 17/Aug/12
Hidden - AltLd - 17/Aug/12
Hidden - 2nd - Aug/12
Led every pitch .The crux is badly polished but handily full of tat. Learned about overtaking policys. Whoever climbs the fastest....Wins!
mickd - Lead - Aug/12
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Aug/12
Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/12
Ollie B - 26/Jul/12 with T.Livinstone
Tom Livingstone - Lead O/S - 26/Jul/12 with Ollie Burrows
Hidden - AltLd - 19/Jul/12
Les Ross - Lead - 19/Jul/12
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/Jun/12
Hidden - AltLd - 23/Jun/12
Hidden - 2nd - 22/Jun/12
Hidden - 09/Jun/12
Then followed normal route to the summit...
Adam Booth - AltLd O/S - 02/Sep/11 with Steve Seale
gowla - AltLd - 01/Sep/11 with adam booth
Great climb lots of people
gingernick - AltLd - Sep/11 with Dan the Man
Jack Doyle - 21/Aug/11 with Derek
Jack Doyle - 21/Aug/11 with Derek
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 17/Aug/11
The Mountain Goat - 2nd - 15/Aug/11 with Dom Sellers
Somerset swede basher - Lead O/S - 14/Aug/11 with Jon Miles
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 13/Aug/11
r_findlay - AltLd - 04/Aug/11 with stu_buchan43
Hidden - AltLd - 04/Aug/11
started at the right of the foot up bolted route, which is not the start and a bit harder. very nice climb especially the flakes at the top. Ab out but don't pack the ropes as there's a walk then another ab. We learnt the hard way! Camped at the lac as missed the last cable car.
darren hudson - AltLd O/S - 02/Aug/11 with David Ford
Sam Simpson - AltLd O/S - Aug/11 with Alex Marchant, Stuart Air, Ally Hurst
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Aug/11
mark schramm - AltLd O/S - 12/Jul/11 with tom m
Adi Hooper - AltLd - 12/Jul/11 with Roger Ward
tommoulds - AltLd - 12/Jul/11 with Schramm
Julli - AltLd O/S - 11/Jul/11 with Noora S.
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 11/Jul/11
RKernan - AltLd O/S - 07/Jul/11 with Conor Gilmour
d_meacher - Lead - Jul/11 with Gill Byrne
theo.mooney - Jul/11
JRSB1991 - Jul/11
chrissloan84 - Lead - 2011 with paul
First route of a trip - nice but felt harder than many years ago ...
Tim Sparrow - 2011 with Geoff Thomas
Hidden - 2nd - 29/Aug/10
Hidden - Lead - 13/Aug/10
Hidden - Lead - Aug/10
tumbling wizard - Aug/10 with andrew marshall
johnmctighe - 2nd - 16/Jul/10 with Stephan
Hidden - Lead - 09/Jul/10
Neil D - AltLd O/S - 02/Jul/10 with Boriz Korzh
Nice route. At the end of the route, we carried on to the top of Aid du Paigne along the North Ridge, however had to turn back about 50m below the summit as bad weather was coming in.
BorisVBlade - AltLd - 02/Jul/10
robinsi197 - AltLd - Jul/10 with Nick
Hidden - Jun/10
Hidden - 2010
alancash100 - AltLd - 2010
Guy Wilson - 2010
Hidden - 2nd - 26/Aug/09
inuklm - 23/Aug/09 with Dave Gent
Henrik - AltLd O/S - 17/Aug/09 with Josef
Great little climb. started late and ended up spending the night on the ledges under the Ticket.
david0811 - AltLd O/S - 13/Aug/09 with Mark Reid
davidgent - 10/Aug/09 with Kunal
Kyuzo - Aug/09
I found it tricky, but several French grannies in wheelchairs seemed to skate up it...
oldgrey - Aug/09 with Virgil Scott
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Aug/09
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Aug/09
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 28/Jul/09
Phil Jennings - AltLd O/S - 28/Jul/09 with Tom Nichols
Very enjoyable climbing on a lovely sunny day. Made it easy to put up with waiting at the belays while the over-equipped (peg hammers!) team in front of us dogged their way up. Too easy unfortunately - got to the top of the traditional descent and realised we wouldn't make the last 'phrique down from Plan de l'Aiguille. This was after having shaken our heads at the teams taking the easy (and quick) way out down the bolted routes on the Peigne slabs. Traditional descent turned out to be a chossy couloir followed by an unexpected snow slope. Not easy to negotiate in our trainers. Hadn't bothered with crampons or axes. Under-equipped maybe? Hmmm. Time for a rather uncomfortable "seated glissade." Two very foot and arse sore alpinists finally made it back to car around 10 pm.
Andy Clarke - AltLd O/S - 26/Jul/09 with Rob
Hidden - 25/Jul/09
Moved together for most part. Seconded a couple of pitches ...
bullwinkle - 2nd O/S - 25/Jul/09 with Eero & Bart
Hidden - 2nd - 16/Jul/09
Pat-H - 2nd - 14/Jul/09
Glyn - 04/Jul/09 with David Fountain and Jonny
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 04/Jul/09
Rained on descent
davefount - AltLd - Jul/09 with Glyn and Jonny
+ James Waldron
Neil D - AltLd rpt - Jul/09 with Caspian James
planned on going to the summit but cold beers won the day.
Tobias at Home - 13/Jun/09
Missed the last 'pherique again!
mathquirk - Lead - 25/May/09 with Babu Blatt
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 2009
Mathijs - 2009
Started off at the next buttress and did a few pitches of more interesting climbing first before meeting the route. Learned some lessons on overtaking here. A bit too crowded for my tastes.
reima - AltLd - 2009 with Nora, Niamh
Hurray for Blizzard Bags!
andysroom - Lead dnf - 2009
tim20 - 2009
Hidden - AltLd - 11/Sep/08
featuresforfeet - AltLd O/S - 31/Aug/08 with Tobias at Home
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 10/Aug/08
Matthallinan - AltLd - 03/Aug/08
MoWalker3 - AltLd - 01/Aug/08 with Quiet Ian
JonHarvey - AltLd O/S - Aug/08 with Jay Jackson
Hidden - AltLd - Aug/08
Mark Walter - AltLd O/S - Aug/08 with Steve Becwith
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Aug/08
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 25/Jul/08
The Bad Cough - AltLd O/S - Jul/08 with Lee Bonner
dan gibson - Lead rpt - 27/Aug/07 with sam read
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 11/Aug/07
Hidden - AltLd - 11/Aug/07
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 06/Aug/07
Hidden - Lead - Aug/07
tom.e - 31/Jul/07 with Tom Powell
Hidden - Lead - 29/Jul/07
From Chaminix made good time. V
Paul-Michael - AltLd O/S - 17/Jul/07 with Paul Nurse
Hidden - AltLd - 16/Jul/07
Mr Powly - Jul/07 with Tom Everett
Ian JL - Lead O/S - Jul/07 with Beth Frampton
Hidden - AltLd rpt - 29/Jun/07
Hidden - AltLd - 23/Jun/07
matt0759 - AltLd - 23/Jun/07 with JamesA
Bristoldave - AltLd - 2007 with douglas
Thin 5+ move halfway up can be frigged as necessary using guides' tat; letterbox pitch a solid UK VS. Superb.
Peter Metcalfe - AltLd - 09/Sep/06 with Mike Weighleigh
Nicos - Lead O/S - 09/Sep/06 with rich howels
Hidden - AltLd - 05/Sep/06
Brian Birtle - AltLd O/S - 03/Sep/06 with Jon
Hidden - Sep/06
Hidden - AltLd - 31/Aug/06
Ross Barnes - AltLd - 29/Jul/06 with Andy I
Kyuzo - AltLd - Jul/06
mattyork2 - AltLd O/S - Jul/06 with Josh Bakker-Dyos
andyinglis - AltLd O/S - 29/Jun/06 with ross barnes
Stuart Johnston - Lead O/S - 22/Jun/06 with g taylor
Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/06
hal - AltLd - Jun/06
ashpreston - 2006
edek_w - Sep/05
Smelly Fox - AltLd O/S - 13/Aug/05 with Sion Brocklehurst
chrissloan84 - AltLd O/S - Jul/05 with Sim
feilx - Jul/05 with Dan (welsh)
dannyboy83 - AltLd O/S - Jul/05 with Will Barbour
Hidden - Jul/05
A nice outting, especially the crux "letterbox" pitch. Actually, the first pitch ended with a tight chimney that was also good fun. The descent sucked as it started to rain and Philipe almost died as what we were using for a rap anchor came tumbling down on top of him! Somehow he escaped with only major bruises and we down-climbed the rest of the wet, slippery slopes having missed the last car down, continued on down to the valley.
Yyonnx - AltLd - 20/Jun/05 with Tom Fralich
Hidden - 20/Jun/05
Hidden - Lead rpt - Jul/04
Pitched. Backed off at the midway couloir
SteveM - AltLd - 04/Jun/04 with Tobs
LardClimber - Jun/04
Stone Muppet - 2004
tom.e - 2nd O/S - Aug/03
220bpm - AltLd O/S - Aug/03 with Dave
Backed off down a grotty couloir but made it to the last lift with time to spare!
SteveM - AltLd dnf - 04/Jun/03 with Tobs
liz j - 2nd - Sep/02 with neil brodie
Mark Salter - AltLd - 18/Aug/02 with Chris Shorrock
plain kitten - Lead - Jul/02
TobyA - AltLd O/S - Aug/01 with Stuart Adams
dan gibson - Lead O/S - Aug/01 with helen gibson
ian bryant - Lead dnf - 14/Jun/01 with walter
prcleary - 2000
Climbster - AltLd O/S - 10/Aug/99 with UTMC
nige pacer - AltLd O/S - Jul/99
bladderedagain - AltLd - Jul/99
DerwentDiluted - AltLd - Aug/98 with Tim Stain
daveyb - AltLd - 20/Sep/97
Guy - Aug/97
Missed last car down and had to walk back to Cham in the dark with no torch Early lesson learnt.
epic ed - Lead - Aug/97
Hidden - AltLd - Jul/97
Laramadness - 26/Jul/96 with Steve Munton
Done with a guide in the 1990's
francois - 2nd - 1995
tjekel - 1995
craig h - AltLd - Aug/94 with Jim Mellor
Hidden - Lead - Jul/94
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jun/94
Hidden - AltLd - 31/May/94
alkira - 07/Aug/93 with bruce goodlad
Hidden - AltLd - 03/Aug/93
Hidden - Solo - Jul/93
Hidden - Lead - 26/Aug/91
Brian Rodgers - AltLd O/S - Jul/91 with Sam Martin
Loads of fun. One pitch overhung but the holds were like a stack of dinner plates - perfect.
Pete_Frost - AltLd - Jul/91
Tim Sparrow - Jul/91 with Chris D
Budge - AltLd O/S - 1991 with Richard Teed
Hidden - Lead - Sep/90
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Sep/90
AndrewP - AltLd - Aug/89
Got overtaken by a guide and his party, they clipped our gear on the route and used our belays... I wasn't entirely happy with the situation, but have since learned that British manners have a place only in Britain and posh American Restaurants. In the Alps, no one waits for anyone: deal with it!
Great Day out though!
BigHairyIan - AltLd O/S - 06/Aug/88 with Guy Summers
Alps - not my cup of tea at all!
steve taylor - Aug/88 with Dave Gilkes
auld al - 2nd O/S - Aug/88
michael burrows - AltLd O/S - 25/Jul/88 with steve williams
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 20/Jul/88
Hidden - AltLd - Jul/88
John Marsland - Aug/87 with Dave Soles
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Aug/86
Guy - Aug/86
Bruce Kerr - AltLd - 22/Jul/86 with Grahame Nicoll
with Colin Lennox
ill_bill - 11/Jul/86
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jul/86
In big boots - duh! Should have been in rock shoes. Walked all way back down to Chamonix after minor row with John.
eroica64 - AltLd - 11/Sep/85 with John Graeme
Used two 8 foot slings for pro.
John Marsland - Solo - 12/Aug/85
Hidden - Aug/85
Rick fell near top
Had to ab off
Tony Ryland - AltLd - 13/Jul/85
andy tetsill - AltLd - Aug/83 with Richard
Hidden - Aug/82
John Marsland - 1982 with Andy Veveris and Chris Broad
Lone Rider - Solo O/S - 1982
mark-abz - AltLd - Aug/80 with ?
Richard Weller - Aug/80 with Richard White
Hidden - Aug/80
Hidden - AltLd - 1980
Hidden - Sep/79
beaumap - Lead - Jul/79 with Stan Tanner
leland stamper - AltLd - 1979 with Hugh Grandfield
Hidden - Solo - 1979
Hidden - AltLd - Aug/78
Hidden - AltLd - 16/Jul/78
Hidden - AltLd - 16/Jul/78
Mark Kemball - AltLd - Aug/76 with Bill Wheeler
Bolt Phobia - Lead rpt - 04/Aug/75
Hidden - Lead - 15/Aug/74
Bolt Phobia - 2nd - Jul/74 with Steve Woollard
mikej - AltLd - Aug/69 with Martin Wragg