An excellent day, and one of the best mountaineering days ever. Beware, the route is graded D/D- in the published French and English guides, and is probably a better reflection of it than the AD given here, especially due to it's length, sustained nature, and complexity of routefinding on the Promontoire Ridge, though once on the proper traverse after reaching Grand Pic, the route becomes obvious. Below the Glacier Le Carre, we strayed off route, ended up on a very steep 6a face variation when we should have been on the ridge proper, but this just added to the excitement. A grand day.
olekemi - AltLd O/S - 08/Jul/15 with Ken B, Martin F
14 hrs Promontoire to Aigle. Got off route twice on ascent to Meije- both mostly my fault really. Lead hard steep wall under summit after getting off route due to inability to read french and got my first ever "good lead" from Jon. Ridge travsre in v good nick with lots of snow and ice. Lots of rappels. Knackering.
mchardski - AltLd - Sep/14 with Jon Brain
Hidden - Aug/14
Climbed up to fresh snow/ice, where we turned around; not in condition. Guides not starting out with their parties either. Must return.
olekemi - AltLd - 04/Jul/14 with Ken B, Martin F
Michael - 2014
Not full traverse. Aller retour
Si - Sep/13
Jasonic - AltLd - Aug/13
nking100 - 2013
Climbed as 2 parties of 2 - I roped up with Michelle. Descended (abbed off) together. After the big couloir, we went off-route - pretty tough. By reaching the glacier, we found the snow condition was poor (too hot), so descended to the refugee (and valley). 14.5 hrs. Great climbing, though.
masa-alpin - AltLd dnf - 07/Sep/12 with Dave (Nottingham), Max C, Michelle A
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Aug/11
uncontrollable - AltLd O/S - Aug/11 with Max
long, long day! quite snowy but good weather. very tiring ,fell asleep on road while hitching back round to Le Berade! thought it was difficle.
Helen Gibson - AltLd - Jul/11 with Paul
Hidden - Solo dnf - Jul/09
innes - Lead - Aug/08 with Ruth
Fantastic Route. Enough said.
TimPerkin - AltLd O/S - 19/Jul/08 with Colin Beechey
lazyhopkins - AltLd O/S - 16/Jul/07 with Jon Lynch
Hut to hut in 12.5 hrs.
jl - AltLd O/S - 16/Jul/07 with Brad
sgl - AltLd - Jul/07 with Konnie
A fantastic big day out and one of the best alpine routes I've done. Some breath-taking situations and views along the ridge. Topped and tailed by excellent huts: we enjoyed crepes flambes in the Promontoire and poulet au citron in the Aigle! Hitched back to campsite: will be forever grateful to the Dutch couple who finally stopped on the busy road after La Grave.
Andy Clarke - Lead - 01/Aug/03 with James
Not technically difficult but a very long day out. Very hard ice in places on the North side with some dodgy cables in place but that part of the traverse would be harder without them.
Campbell42 - AltLd O/S - Aug/97 with Ian Howdin, Chris Wilson
Richard Weller - Jul/95 with Simon Currin
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 09/Jul/94
Bruce Kerr - AltLd - 12/Aug/91 with Lyn Benjamin
Was one of those days when it all flows. 3.5 hours to the summit and 9 hours hut to hut.
Dave - AltLd - 1991