Contamine Route*** E1 5c
[Bryan high on the Contamine Route, 2 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: Bryan high on the Contamine Route © Bryan W
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This climb is in 56 logbooks, and on 58 wishlists.

Just first 2 pitches alas
nige pacer - AltLd O/S - 21/Apr/15 with Andy Houseman

Timothy Miller - AltLd O/S - 23/Aug/14 with dave keogh

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

Lead crux. Prob the most enjoyable pitch iv climbed. Crack offered so much. Jam, layback, high step, bridge. Excellent and engrossing.
davkeo - AltLd O/S - 23/Aug/14 with Tim Miller

simondunf - AltLd O/S - 23/Aug/14 with caspar

Good style. Sung we are the champions to the fun Italians climbing next to us.
jimmatthews - AltLd O/S - 05/Aug/14 with Sam Simpson

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

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

Hidden - 2nd - Jun/14

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

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 30/Jul/13

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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