Papillons Ridge*** D+
[Distant climbers on the crest of the Papillons Ridge, 2 kb]12 pitches. Classic route, good for a half-day's outting. Can be pretty crowded at times. Small rack of Friends and nuts required. Some in situ gear on the hardest sections. Does not top out so will have to combine with other routes if the summit is what you are after. Enjoy the "letterbox" pitch!
K Gurekian, L Pez and A Subut 10/Sep/1948

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Photo: Distant climbers on the crest of the Papillons Ridge © Robin Beadle
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With Rick.
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

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

Bailed halfway.
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

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

philgriffiths - AltLd - 19/Jul/12 with Les Ross

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

Laramadness - 2012

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

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

StuDoig - AltLd - 11/Sep/08 with Olly Thomas

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

Missed last 2 pitches due to running out of time. Superb rock.
LakesWinter - Lead - 29/Jul/07 with Chris

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

dave657 - Sep/06 with mel_1

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

first led it back in 99 - missed the cable car. Led again in 04 & still missed the cable car.
manmike - Lead rpt - Jul/04 with all the lads

Pitched. Backed off at the midway couloir
SteveM - AltLd - 04/Jun/04 with Tobs

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

Done with a guide in the 1990's
francois - 2nd - 1995

tjekel - 1995

craig h - AltLd - Aug/94 with Jim Mellor

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

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

1 hour
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

Solo alongside NMUC Team
Paul Clarke - Solo - 1979 with Duncan and Murray, Alone

Hidden - AltLd - Aug/78

Hidden - AltLd - 16/Jul/78

Hidden - AltLd - 16/Jul/78

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

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