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Contamine Route*** E1 5c

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[Exposed climbing on the immaculate 50m wall pitch, Contamine Route, Point Lachenal., 1 kb]Top quality granite crack climbing. Crux pitch well protected.

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

Photo: Exposed climbing on the immaculate 50m wall pitch, Contamine Route, Point Lachenal. © gav p
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This climb is in 53 logbooks, and on 55 wishlists.

Timothy Miller - AltLd O/S - 23/Aug/14

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/Aug/14

Good style
jimmatthews - AltLd O/S - 05/Aug/14 with Sam Simpson

Sam Simpson - AltLd - 05/Aug/14 with James matthews

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Aug/14

Turned back 2 (easy?) pitches before the top as the clouds started to roll in and felt no need for epics.
reima - AltLd dnf - 25/Jul/14 with Niamh

Such good climbing, on the ab down the rope got stuck and i had to climb the crux of harlod et maud to get the rope free.
zcsharp - AltLd O/S - 13/Jun/14 with Al

McGuinness - AltLd O/S - 07/Apr/14 with Emily

2, 3, 6 Amazing route!
wi11 - AltLd O/S - 07/Apr/14 with Stephen

Hidden - 2nd - 06/Apr/14

Hidden - Lead - 06/Apr/14

Rory led the cruxes.
chapmand - AltLd - 31/Mar/14 with Rory Brown

Hidden - AltLd - 31/Mar/14

walts4 - AltLd - Mar/14 with stan & William

mike mo - 2014

Kris - AltLd O/S - Aug/13

TommyMcG - Lead O/S - Aug/13

Led the crux pitch, really nice climbing on good rock. Good gear on all pitches. we carried all our gear and topped out to descend the Pt. Lachenal on the North. It would be quicker to ab down from just above the crux and leave glacier kit at the base.
chris687 - AltLd O/S - 30/Jul/13 with emily ward

Hidden - AltLd rpt - 30/Jul/13

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 18/Jun/13

Beautiful finger crack climbing on crux pitch.
Ahab - AltLd O/S - 16/Jun/13

Nice wee route.
Fultonius - AltLd O/S - 18/Apr/13 with Morgan, Searler

Hidden - 2013

Tobias at Home - 2013

jcw - 2013

edek_w - 2013

Jay C - AltLd O/S - 22/Jul/12 with Geddas

Hidden - AltLd - Jul/12

sgl - AltLd - 02/Apr/12 with Bart, viv

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Apr/12

liamo333 - 2012

Hidden - 2012

frost - AltLd O/S - 04/Oct/11 with D Almond

Amazing! Some of the best climbing I've ever done, especially the crux crack on the 50m wall, but all of it is good. Ropes got stuck twice on the raps which was fun!
Adam Booth - AltLd O/S - 31/Aug/11 with Steve Seale

gowla - AltLd dog - 31/Aug/11 with adam booth

Hidden - AltLd dnf - 28/Aug/11

Stuart led both hard pitches as I was suffering with the altitude. An excellent route. A classic of Chamonix granite climbing. Much more enjoyable than the Rebuffat route on the S Face of the Midi. Use the description in Piola's, (french), Tome 2 topo guide rather than the english edition as it also describes the other routes on the face, of which there are many. It's easy to end up on the wrong route as there are so many bits of gear around. The route itself has been equipped with twin bolt belays by the local guides, and there are about 10 pegs/stuck friends/wires etc in the route. We used a complete set of Metolius cams and a set of WC light rocks. 50m ropes will be sufficient. Enjoy.
GaryK - AltLd O/S - 17/Aug/11 with Stuart McAleese

charlesmfrench - AltLd O/S - 03/Aug/11 with Anette

Ben Briggs - Lead O/S - 26/Jun/11 with Luca

Hidden - AltLd - 24/May/11

stevepotter - 11/Sep/10 with Matt

Tobias at Home - 2010

Hidden - AltLd - 23/Aug/09

Dave Searle - Lead - 23/Jun/08 with john

zero six - AltLd O/S - 2007

dannyboy83 - AltLd O/S - Jul/05 with Felix Coxwell

feilx - AltLd O/S - 2005 with Dan Barbour

Hidden - AltLd - Jul/99

Got to the big, comfy ledge below the crux. Knakered and remembering it was the one year aniversary of a friend's accident... we bottled it back down!
andy_pemberton - AltLd dnf - Aug/96 with Chris Richards

alkira - 26/Jun/94 with kerry atkey

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Apr/93

Hidden - AltLd - Aug/89

Approx date
Richard Weller - AltLd - 25/Jul/86 with john sanders

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Style of ascent

Lead4 of 53 (7.5%)
Followed1 of 53 (1.9%)
Alt Leads38 of 53 (71.7%)
Unknown10 of 53 (18.9%)

'Climbed'24 of 53 (45.3%)
clean O/S24 of 53 (45.3%)
clean rpt1 of 53 (1.9%)
dogged1 of 53 (1.9%)
dnf3 of 53 (5.7%)