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.

rashwell 25/Jun 2nd

More like AD in those conditions!

Timothy Miller 09/Apr AltLd O/S
Uisdean hawthorn 09/Apr AltLd
Tim Rodgers 08/Sep/14 -
kelly_426 ?/Jul/14 AltLd

Great route...took longer than planned!

Hidden ?/Jun/14 -
Hidden 13/Jul/13 AltLd dnf
Hidden ??/2013 -
James Thacker ??/2013 -
solfreak 28/Jun/12 Solo dnf
Will Homoky 04/Jul/09 AltLd β

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.

with Tom Hindson
heist182 ?/Jul/09 AltLd O/S

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.

with Jamie Tattersall; Wendy Couch
Hidden ?/Jul/09 AltLd O/S
Matthallinan ?/Jul/08 -
Hidden ?/Jul/08 2nd
Tom Stoddart 16/Sep/07 -

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.

with Iain Leverett, Tom Slade
RobScotland ?/Sep/06 AltLd O/S
with jonnyb
clams ??/2005 -

With Ben and Liam

with AD
gallonj ?/Jul/88 -
John Marsland ?/Aug/87 Solo

from summit to Col des Cristaux

with Dave Soles
Nigel Coe ?/Jul/79 -
with John Walmsley
Rob Davies ??/1975 Solo dnf

Climbed SW face (mainly snow, PD) of Les Courtes below Col des Cristaux (3600 m) with intention of climbing Aiguilles Ravanel / Mummery. Took 5 h to get this far (guidebook time 3 h) and rocks were snow-plastered, so reversed back to Couvercle Hut.

with Niall Macfadyen
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