Slow on the approach due to missing the ramp by the gendarme (a common mistake apparently) and a small wait due to uncertainties about weather. Al lead up until the traverse round the corner (I'm useless at slabs). I lead out the traverse and it began to rain, and continued to pour down on and off for the rest of the route - the face often dripping wet. Managed to pass the difficulties onto easier ground which seem to continue for a lot longer than guidebook suggests (we may have been too far right but reaching the summit still took 3 long pitches - 2 of which 60m). We think the Picola guide's given height of 350m is short, the Rebuffat says 450 and others 400. Return along west ridge was slow as visibility was very low due to low cloud - a problem we'd encountered all day. 15 hours Index - index. Long missed the last bin home.
Nb, for those approaching the Pouce; the ramp is to the left of the isolated wehrlin gendarme and marked with cairns - not 20m up like the Picola guide suggests. This will massively reduce the walk in and avoids some rather stressful choss scrambling. Also, the approach can be done without axes or crampons at this time. andrew sandercock - AltLd - 05/Aug/14 with Al Blackshaw
mike mo - 2014
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 2014
Fantastic! First lift up and back on the lift at 4.30 despite a route finding error early in the day. The odd bolt here and there but mainly old pegs and trad gear.
fulton333 - AltLd - 01/Aug/13 with Matt
Hidden - 01/Aug/13
Hidden - 2nd - Aug/13
Did it from first lift. 1.5 hours to base of route. 6.5h for route, 2.5h to traverse the ridge. Ages to walk down to the valley! Lead all but one pitches.
Stuart Johnston - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/13 with Sadie Renwick
jcw - 2013
Took us 9 hours from bivi at col back to the cable car. Good route.
demarcation86 - AltLd O/S - 15/Sep/12 with Monty
Nice granite slabs, quite bold in places. Good route. Did in good time (9 hours) from a nice, but cold bivi at the col. Back in time for cable car.
monsteratt - AltLd O/S - 15/Sep/12 with Tom
Approach longer than expected at 2.5hrs and difficulty finding correct descent route from col. Climbing felt quite stiff and gaps between gear placement long on 2nd pitch. Only made it to P5 when Pail took a tumble and broke his ankle.
Mountain Llama - AltLd dnf - 07/Sep/12 with Mark & Paul
EPIC...Dave led first 2 pitches, i then led p3 and 4 which felt like HVS 5a (ish) then Paul took over for p5.... got off route and attempted down climb above gear resulted in ankle breaking fall :( ...MR called out and we got choppered off. Still not sure i can quite believe it!! Upto there it was a great route that was very enjoyable... will go back at some point...
markfairbank - AltLd dnf - 07/Sep/12 with Paul Sheehan, Dave Brown
Hidden - AltLd - Sep/12
Ashley Hold - AltLd - Sep/12 with Torquil Bennett
Ashley Hold - AltLd - 28/Aug/12 with Torquil Bennett
climbed in 2 twos. ended up taking 16 hours got quite lost on way off the ridge and were slow as a 4.
Ewan Russell - AltLd O/S - 17/Jul/12 with gwen, james wilson, Anna
Wils - AltLd O/S - 17/Jul/12 with Ewan Russell
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 17/Jul/12
Mike Hood - AltLd - 04/Jul/12
Hidden - 2012
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 25/Sep/11
Drew M - AltLd - Sep/11 with Fred Lyon
Hidden - 2011
Hidden - Aug/10
tumbling wizard - Aug/10 with andrew marshall
looks great, had problems finding the route which put us back too late to climb on so bailed and bivied, but weather was against us the next day. Access is important, turned round earlier in week due to wrong equipment. returned with crampons and axes and watched 2 other parties turn round. 2 days later saw people access in trainers after the snow had melted. Big climb.
darren hudson - AltLd dnf - 31/Jul/10 with David Ford
Brannock - Lead - Jul/10
Henrik - AltLd O/S - 19/Aug/09 with Josef + Joakim
A superb route and a very memorable big day out. Bivvied at Index the previous evening so we could make an early start - unfortunately, due to me mistranslating the guidebook headed entirely the wrong way along the main ridge. Took several heart-stopping excursions onto uncharted death scree before we realised our mistake. When we finally found it, the climb proved excellent, featuring both bold slabs and pumpy cracks. Took ages to scramble back to main ridge - probably took too high a line (yours truly's route finding again!). 16 hours all told. Second bivvy, feasting on the single Pepperami which was all we had left to eat. Food of champions. Led Ps 3,5&6,8,10,13 (ish).
Andy Clarke - AltLd O/S - 29/Jul/09 with Rob
went a bit off route and ended on an Ed f7a, 6c oblig, but managed to get back on to this one with a traverse. did the crux though.:-)
Franco Cookson OLD - AltLd O/S - 31/Jul/08 with Ralf
Got a bit off route and had to do any awesome pendulum to get back on route! Really fun route.
HamishD - AltLd - Jul/08 with chris burn
Hidden - Lead - Sep/05
liz j - 2nd - Sep/04 with neil brodie
ian bryant - Lead O/S - Aug/03 with rod
Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/Aug/02
dan gibson - AltLd O/S - Aug/02 with brian(aussie)
Hidden - AltLd - Jul/02
Hidden - Aug/98
Jim Walton - AltLd O/S - 23/Jul/98 with Matthew Stammers
Guy - AltLd O/S - Aug/97 with Adrian
Brian Rodgers - 1995 with Conor Boyd
Fantastic Experience w Tom and Danny
Dave Musgrove Jnr - AltLd - 17/Sep/92
auld al - AltLd O/S - Jul/92
Pete_Frost - Lead - Jul/91
Hidden - AltLd - Aug/86
Hidden - Sep/80
granitbahn - Lead - Aug/75