Traverse of Les Courtes*** PD
[Looking towards the summit of Les Courtes, 1 kb]550m. Significantly more difficult and involved than the PD+ grade suggests. Aptly described by one individual as "one of the most convoluted and complicated PDs I have ever done" - great though!

Ticklists: Rebuffat's 100 Finest Routes in the Mont Blanc Massif, Batoux's 100 finest routes in the Mont Blanc massif.

Photo: Looking towards the summit of Les Courtes © Tom Stoddart
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This climb is in 20 logbooks, and on 13 wishlists.

More like AD in those conditions!
rashwell - 2nd - 25/Jun/15

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

Tim Rodgers - 08/Sep/14 with Mike Lea

Great route...took longer than planned!
kelly_426 - AltLd - Jul/14 with Luke Dudill

Hidden - Jun/14

Hidden - AltLd dnf - 13/Jul/13

Hidden - 2013

James Thacker - 2013

solfreak - Solo dnf - 28/Jun/12

Ascent via SW Slope of the Col de la Tour des Courtes. Descent via SW Face (II PD). Excellent traverse and view of Argentiere Basin. Good visibility helped pick line of descent.
Will Homoky - AltLd β - 04/Jul/09 with Tom Hindson

A fantastic route but as others suggest harder than PD. Set off at 2 to get to the top for sunrise then blast the ridge and try to get to the descent slope whilst it's not too sloppy. Beware that in bad conditions (especially on the descent) the route can take around 15 hours.
heist182 - AltLd O/S - Jul/09 with Jamie Tattersall; Wendy Couch

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jul/09

Matthallinan - Jul/08

Hidden - 2nd - Jul/08

Took longer than the guidebook suggested it might. Took twice as long, in fact... this was partly due to laziness the night before (when we neglected to locate the start of the route) and partly due to the poor conditions (very little snow). Excellent route though; amazing views and a real sense of wilderness.
Tom Stoddart - 16/Sep/07 with Iain Leverett, Tom Slade

RobScotland - AltLd O/S - Sep/06 with jonnyb

With Ben and Liam
clams - 2005 with AD

gallonj - Jul/88

from summit to Col des Cristaux
John Marsland - Solo - Aug/87 with Dave Soles

Nigel Coe - Jul/79 with John Walmsley

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
Rebs, Hannah V, erbridger, Katherine Ross, punj, kleinej
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