A highly reccomended little route which is extremely popular. The granite, though sound, is often very polished and the ascent to the Col de l'Etala provides a classic initiation into the delights of the typical 'Chamonix' chimney!

M Pasteur, J Wicks and C Wilson 05/Jul/1898

Ticklists: Rebuffat's 100 Finest Routes in the Mont Blanc Massif.

JezzaCat 17/Jul -
Gumery 02/Jul Lead O/S
Hidden 11/Jun Solo
Hidden 17/Sep/14 AltLd O/S
Teappleby 20/Jun/14 AltLd dnf

walked across from the midi, Dawn was feeling under the weather so we were slow and so turned back at the chimneys below the ridge.

benkelsey 20/Jun/14 Lead dnf

Dawn was recovering from Illness but wanted to do some snow. glorious day. got to the rocky step onto the ridge proper and realised she was suffering. abbed off and managed to get her down for last lift, just! Perfect active rest day after Eugster Diagonal and Frendo..!?

with Jem Greenway, Dawn_K_B, Teappleby
Dawn_K_B 20/Jun/14 2nd dnf

If I wasn't so haggard it would have been amazing! Thanks to Ben Jem and Tom for putting up with me/making sure I didn't collapse!

chris687 21/Jul/13 AltLd

Went up a pitch (harder than expected) before the first corner pitch as it was wet. The route is more interesting if followed on the left of the ridge rather than the easier Right (in places)

freeheel47 ??/2013 -
Tobias at Home ??/2013 -
jcw ??/2013 -
walts4 ??/2013 -
Hidden 23/Sep/12 AltLd
Hidden 21/Aug/12 AltLd
John Workman 01/Aug/12 Lead

Great wee climb. The approach and the descent are also good.

with Andy M
Hidden ??/2012 -
Hidden 22/Aug/11 -
Greg Boswell 31/Jul/11 Solo O/S
Karl Wooffindin 01/Aug/10 AltLd O/S


with Ollie Hemstock
Hidden 01/Aug/10 AltLd O/S
keith leonard ??/2010 -
Guy Wilson ??/2010 -
Bristoldave ?/Aug/09 Lead
CarolineH ?/Aug/09 -
with Dave
Teappleby ?/Aug/09 AltLd
with mum, Sarah, dad
Hidden ?/Jul/09 AltLd
BorisVBlade 23/Jun/09 AltLd O/S
with Neil Dowse, Sam Davies
sam820 23/Jun/09 2nd
Neil D ?/Jun/09 AltLd dog
Gibbo ?/Jul/08 AltLd
with Tom Gibbison
Hidden 31/Aug/07 AltLd O/S
decs 01/Aug/07 -
with Mike
localboy 05/Jul/07 2nd O/S

A little harder than the guide suggested, and watch the description in the guide as it may not always be correct!

with Chris H, Simon F
Hidden 19/Jun/07 AltLd
JonHarvey 19/Jun/07 AltLd O/S

Good route ,, views spectacular, great summit ,, horrid descent!

with Jay Jackson, Sharon Hooper
adamscottthomas 19/Jun/07 AltLd O/S

Great views, nice slab traverse near the end and a fantastic summit.

31770 19/Jun/07 AltLd O/S
Hidden 17/Jun/07 AltLd
Hidden 17/Jun/07 AltLd O/S
shazhooper ?/Jun/07 -
with Jon Harvey, Jay Jackson
tom.e 12/Jul/06 -
with Charlie Everett
SteveM 21/Aug/04 AltLd
with Tobs
clams ??/2004 -
with AD
Hidden 27/Jun/03 AltLd
Mark Salter 11/Apr/02 AltLd
with Chris Shorrock
net ?/Aug/01 -
with Jeb
Paul-Michael 19/Jul/01 AltLd O/S

From the Refuge du Plan. One point of aid was used on each of the 2 chimneys, and 2 points on the diere.

rachm2004 29/Jul/98 2nd
with Ian L
Duncan I ?/Aug/94 -

Rained all the way along it

with Sarah
craig h ?/Aug/94 AltLd
with Jim Mellor
Hidden ?/Jul/93 Solo
tjekel ??/1993 -
Hidden 01/Aug/90 AltLd O/S
auld al ?/Jul/90 AltLd O/S
Pete_Frost ?/Jul/90 AltLd O/S
with Luc Percival
mark-abz ?/Aug/88 AltLd
with Andy W
gallonj ?/Jul/88 -
freeheel47 ?/Jul/87 -
Richard Weller ?/Aug/80 -
with Richard White
Nigel Bond 24/Aug/79 Lead
with Martin Crosby
Andy Chubb 18/Jul/76 AltLd
with Pete Coghill
Bolt Phobia 29/Jul/75 Lead
Rob Davies ?/Jul/75 AltLd

Raining on top

with Dennis Whiteley (ICMC), Niall Macfadyen
Hidden 17/Aug/73 -
Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
benclimbing, dan wisey, Hidden, Timothy Miller, Hidden, Hidden, tdudley, kleinej
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