Swiss Route*** TD-
[Descending the summit ridge of Les Courtes., 3 kb]No description has been contributed for this climb.

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Photo: Descending the summit ridge of Les Courtes. © gav p
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This climb is in 56 logbooks, and on 54 wishlists.

Nice day out after a big week, 2nd lift from Grand Montets, 3.10hrs to climb the route great conditions back in time for the lift back down to Cham.
C Mclean - AltLd O/S - 24/Apr/15 with Harry Mcghie

Abbed off at the crux. I was moving far too slow, gnarly route in great condition. My first true alpine ice route
cmars89 - AltLd dnf - 14/Apr/15 with Ryan Weber

Timothy Miller - AltLd O/S - 09/Apr/15 with Uisdean hawthorn

Uisdean hawthorn - AltLd O/S - 09/Apr/15 with Tim miller

First Alpine North face! 6 hours shrund to summit moving together for the majority of it. Probably only belayed 4 or 5 times. Felt like a long way after a 6 day ski tour!
benclimbing - AltLd O/S - 09/Apr/15 with guy steven

Solar eclipse occurred on the same day, but didn't see it as the clouds came in. Visibility was 40m most of the day. Climbed from first lift. Down-climbing was a bore.
jimmatthews - AltLd O/S - 20/Mar/15 with Sam Simpson

Hidden - 20/Mar/15

QuentinSu - AltLd O/S - 19/Mar/15

Simul climbed the whole thing
Sam Simpson - AltLd O/S - 19/Mar/15 with James matthews

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 19/Mar/15

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/Mar/15

Hidden - AltLd - 18/Mar/15

Hidden - AltLd - 09/Mar/15

Hidden - 2015

Moved together. Good condition
wi11 - AltLd O/S - 04/Oct/14 with Simon

frost - Oct/14 with will hardy

Hidden - Solo O/S - 14/Sep/14

Hidden - 2014

skinned up from argentiere at 6pm and started climbing about 12am. Route was in good condition apart from the summit ice field which was a nightmare of black ice! couldn't count the number of meteors i saw and i topped out just before a fantastic sunrise.... will remember this one for a long time!
Ginger McGrath - Solo O/S - 03/Dec/13

Hidden - 28/Jun/13

Soloed all of the route apart from 1st crux where we put in two rope lengths. Went too far right after snow field post 1st crux, therefore doing another good 100m of 60 deg ice and rock plus an awesome mixed traverse on thin ice on rock. 1st Alpine North Face. Very happy.
Steve Wakeford - Lead β - 25/Apr/13 with Julian Lösche

Soloed up to top of 1st crux. Abseiled back due to lack of time.
Steve Wakeford - Solo dnf - 23/Apr/13

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 04/Jan/13

With lots of spindrift, 120m of rope and a pair of freeride skis.. in 4h36.
Dave Searle - Solo - 2013

BorisVBlade - AltLd O/S - 01/Apr/12 with Sam Thompson

Heike - AltLd - 28/Feb/12 with Neil Adams

Neil Adams - AltLd O/S - 28/Feb/12 with Heike

thebigeasy - Feb/12

Too slow on the way up, had to bivy on top (frostbite...) and then abseil the route the next day. Awesome route, though.
Alexandre Buisse - AltLd - 13/Jan/12

Hidden - 13/Oct/11

Moved together on all of it after the bergshrund. Went down south side.
Luke Brooks - AltLd - 12/Oct/11 with Francis

Hidden - 12/Oct/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Apr/11

With R.K. Four hours from Hut to base snowshoeing, plus one hour to cross B'schurnd. Smashing good first half. Upper half very thin. Benighted. Unprepared bivi. Shallow frost bite. Next time: more water and do an acclimatisation route !! Great memories !!
Limestone-Lad - AltLd O/S - 23/Mar/11

Si - AltLd - 11/Mar/11

Hidden - 22/Apr/10

HamishD - Lead O/S - 16/Apr/10 with chris burn

Guy Wilson - 2010

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/09

Hidden - Solo - 30/Jul/08

mike.moss - AltLd O/S - 2008

Hidden - AltLd - Feb/07

bit epic, partner got frostbite.
zero six - AltLd dnf - Jan/04

Hidden - AltLd dnf - Jan/04

great route, descended the NE face of Les Courtes to return to the Argentiere basin
nickdonohue - AltLd - 19/Apr/03 with Mark McCarthy

peterbeaumont - AltLd - 1997

Hidden - AltLd - 1997

Hidden - Feb/95

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Feb/93

Hidden - 1987

Hidden - AltLd - Jun/84

mark-abz - AltLd - Aug/81 with Mick D

Hidden - Jul/81

Hidden - AltLd - 23/Jul/80

Hidden - AltLd - Aug/78

Steve Bell - 1977

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