Rockfax Description
II, 100m, 2 hours. A fun little traverse which can easily be combined with the Arête des Cosmiques and/or the Arête a Laurence for a great long day. The peak is named after the legendary French climber and guide Louis Lachenal, who died after skiing into a crevasse on the Vallée Blanche in 1955, five years after he made the first ascent of Annapurna.
Approach - Descend the famous Aiguille du Midi ridge, pass under the Arête des Cosmiques and turn south at the far end of this. 20 minutes of flat walking, past the Triangle du Tacul, brings you to the traverse.
1) Climb the 40 degree snow slope between the southeast and middle summits. The southeast summit itself is a 5 minute detour but it is worth visiting for the stomach-churning view down the south face. Retrace your steps to the top of the snow slope and follow the crest of the ridge to reach the rocks of the central summit.
2) Climb these on the north side initially before reclimbing onto the ridge and following this with some exposed but easy moves to reach the central summit. Descend on the south side for 3m to reach a bolted belay on an exposed ledge.
3) Make a 25m abseil down the north face and then traverse the exposed snow slope for 20m to reach the aesthetic snow ridge linking the central and main summits. Follow this to the foot of the rock buttress and the crux pitch.
4) 3. The crux is easier than it initially looks but there is some loose rock and it requires care. Climb initially on the left before moving right after 10m and following the vague chimney system. This steepens near the top but the holds become increasingly positive and the climbing enjoyable. Belay on blocks above the chimney. If completely dry, the crux can be dangerously loose and it can be avoided by making a long traverse around the north side of the main summit's rock buttress to reach the snow slope leading to the summit.
5) Follow the snow slope easily to reach the summit.
Descent - Descend northwards down the snow ridge, passing briefly under the Tacul serac (don't hang around) before turning eastwards and walking down to rejoin the approach path. © Rockfax

Ticklists: Batoux's 100 finest routes in the Mont Blanc massif, Mark's Alpine Ideas 2016.


ClimberDateStyle
Hidden 21/Sep Lead rpt
JHolland 12/Sep -

Conditions decent after a bit of overnight snow, very dry otherwise. Recommend taking a 60m to account for the potential different lengths of abseil-one guidebook said 15m but it was almost full stretch on a 60 when we were there. Chimney pitch was superb, and the views from the summit were great for such a compact warm up peak. Great acclimatisation!

jamesb101 07/Sep Lead O/S

Ice was thin near the top of the route. Combined with cosmiques

Hidden 07/Sep -
chris smith 05/Sep Lead O/S
OrphusBoi 04/Sep 2nd
with Chris Smith
Hidden ?/Sep Lead
ollyalkema 25/Aug Lead
roxyroundtheworld 22/Aug -
chris357 13/Aug Lead

Guidebook says 25m abseil. A 30m abseil is required to give you a chance of making yourself safe for traverse. There is tat on the right to do it in two shorter abseils if required, but need to go diagonally over a pillar.

Richard Kendrick 08/Aug Solo rpt

With Cosmiques, good training!

birks3746 06/Aug AltLd

Made it up to the mid-summit of Pointe Lachenal where there was approximately 2 million people learning how to abseil. Sacked it off and did the cosmique arête where there were approximately only 1 million people on the route. Felecity led 99% of the Cosmique whilst I was enjoying being a tired punter to end a phenomenal week. I only led the bits where I got grumpy at waiting and went into impatient overtaking mode. Topped out to tourists wanting selfies with us...surreal

with Felecity Eperon
Hidden 03/Aug Lead
Richard Kendrick 01/Aug Solo
Aislinn_sun ?/Aug AltLd
Rhys Deane ?/Aug AltLd O/S
with Nikos Roidos
Hidden 29/Jul Solo
hairy51 27/Jul AltLd O/S

Good fun for half a day out. Chimney was fairly dry and felt pretty lose.

10029759 27/Jul AltLd
magik_bob 24/Jul -
scottywakefield 24/Jul AltLd

Loose rocks at abseil, did final pointe as one pitch to save time.

with Iain Leslie, Aline
JezzaCat 24/Jul Lead
with Stella
mattdennies 20/Jul Lead rpt

Got first lift up, very quiet and snow still in great condition. Chimney was good fun and cold enough to not be a choss fest. Done in 1 hour 45 then continued on to cosmiques.

with Greg
Hidden 15/Jul AltLd rpt
RuthW 10/Jul 2nd
nicjbuk 07/Jul 2nd
with Jim groark
jayray 04/Jul 2nd
CameronH 03/Jul 2nd O/S
Hidden 02/Jul Lead O/S
Jake397 ?/Jul -
with Storme England
markflanagan 29/Jun -
nelstrop 28/Jun AltLd O/S

Moved together, were the first on the route so no queues

Hidden 28/Jun -
Nesa 28/Jun -
with L. Muirhead, B. Bradford (Guide)
Michael Bonallie 28/Jun AltLd
with Joe Daly
Hidden 27/Jun Lead O/S
Martin Haworth 27/Jun AltLd O/S
Stuart Hurworth 27/Jun AltLd O/S

Short easy route on way up to Cosmiques Arete. Unfortunately big party doing two abseils slowly in front, ended up waiting for a long time on a windy, very cold and shaded ledge! The traverse was so short and easy it seemed like we'd walked up just to do an abseil! After this the crux pitch was much more entertaining, excellent juggy fun, but very loose! Beware climbing below people! (lots of others sacked the abseil and went just to this pitch)

Storme 27/Jun AltLd

Combined with Cosmiques Arete

JennyBroomby 23/Jun 2nd

Busy route - pushed in front of by a number of guides at the rappel. Lots of snow still about but still a great climb.

SWhite10 23/Jun Lead O/S
Doug miller 23/Jun Lead rpt
with Shane , Steven Salisbury
Stephen3005 22/Jun Lead
JoeMortimer 20/Jun AltLd
with Alfie
Alfie Maun 20/Jun AltLd O/S
Peter Rosso 19/Jun AltLd O/S

Winter conditions. Moved together and pitched the chimney. Great climb, but the snow made moves a bit uncertain as it was hard to judge if there was a rock or nothing below.

Rory Southworth 07/Jun -
Ian84 ?/Jun -

Lots of fresh snow made the chimney tricky and white out conditions made the walk back across the glacier interesting.

Hidden ?/Jun AltLd O/S
garethsteel 20/Apr AltLd O/S

Done via a ski approach in a lot of fresh powder. Ski's carried on route. Got ropes stuck on abseil from central peak (care). Group soloed to the bottom of the western peak. Pitched the last chimney - awkward carrying ski's. Finished by skiing the Vallee Blanche and getting the train by about a minute!

huwaaron ??/2016 -
JenShelley 29/Dec/15 2nd

Glorious weather - absolutely breathtaking views. Moved together over the first part of the traverse, then abseil (the party next to us got their ropes completely stuck and walked all the way back to the start of the traverse to collect them). Pitched the climb on the final section - I seconded.

with Mike
MichaelGallimore 29/Dec/15 Lead O/S

Moved together then pitched the left chimney

Jenn_Stretton 26/Sep/15 Lead O/S
with Nicola Hughes
Hidden 12/Sep/15 -
Rob Royle 06/Sep/15 Lead
with Steph
Samuel Wainwright 04/Sep/15 Lead O/S
with Jed Jackson, wainers
heghedush 03/Sep/15 2nd
Zoe Cockburn ?/Aug/15 -
ijsbeer 26/Jul/15 Lead O/S

Anniek Verschuur (NijSAC) & Marina Krijgsman (ASAC)

MarinaKrijgsman 26/Jul/15 2nd
with Anniek Verschuur, Arjen Kingma
JdotP 12/Jul/15 -
with The innocent one, Magda Borkowska
frotveit 09/Jul/15 AltLd O/S
with Paul
Hidden 09/Jul/15 -
Hidden 09/Jul/15 -
squicky 07/Jul/15 AltLd dnf

Pair in front took an hour to do the rappel so we abbed off the icy ridge between the two points.

AshBash 04/Jul/15 -

First alpine route did a link up with cosmiques

with Ash
olekemi 03/Jul/15 Solo O/S

End of day after finishing Marylene on the South face.

with Ken B, Martin F
mattdennies 03/Jul/15 2nd dnf
Hidden ?/Jul/15 -
benwh1te ?/Jul/15 -
Hidden ?/Jul/15 Lead O/S
danieleaston 30/Jun/15 Lead O/S

Fun and varied, been too hot lately so chimney pitch was loose and return up midi arete slushy.

with Sam
Hidden 30/Jun/15 2nd O/S
Hidden 29/Jun/15 -
rosieposey14 26/Jun/15 Lead
with ben ireland
KatOstrich 26/Jun/15 AltLd
with Dave
Dino Dave 26/Jun/15 AltLd O/S
with Kat Ostrich
edjenkins 26/Jun/15 -
laurence_falconer 24/Jun/15 -
with Megan Jackson, Ben Caley, Zolly Whitaker
peaterpan 24/Jun/15 AltLd O/S

Great first alpine day. Led the final mixed pitch which was both terrifying and fantastic.

with Remy Veness
Hidden 22/Jun/15 -
adam.wood 22/Jun/15 -

Second day of conville, didn't go to highest peak due to queues.

davkeo 21/Jun/15 Solo

With cosmiques arête for good afternoon

Remyveness 21/Jun/15 Lead O/S

Climbed up the north face of the central summit in three mixed pitched, finishing with a lovely ice gully.

callumbtaylor 21/Jun/15 -

Summited the central peak of the pointe lachanel traverse direct up the north face - great fairly steep 3 pitch mixed climb

petecurt 21/Jun/15 AltLd O/S
jac00 19/Jun/15 AltLd O/S
with Mike
chiverstom 19/Jun/15 Lead O/S
sammo247 19/Jun/15 2nd
JonWoolacott 16/Jun/15 -
JoshT 15/Jun/15 -
Remyveness 15/Jun/15 Lead rpt

Poor weather and a late start meant we were unable to climb the 4a pitch

with Josh Taujanskas
Hidden 13/Jun/15 Solo
Remyveness 13/Jun/15 AltLd O/S

Climbed in a day with the Cosmique Arrete

Hidden 13/Jun/15 AltLd O/S
Hidden 11/Jun/15 AltLd
sj87 10/Jun/15 2nd
steveforgrieve 10/Jun/15 2nd

Alpine week with guide Pelle Bagewitz.

Hidden 10/Jun/15 AltLd
Hidden 04/Jun/15 -
Hugh Simons 04/Jun/15 -

First Alpine Peak!

calumhicks 04/Jun/15 AltLd O/S

First alpine route!

with Adam Harris
Hidden ?/Jun/15 2nd
Zolly Whitaker ?/Jun/15 -
with Megan Jackson, Ben Caley, Laurence Falconer
emilyjhunt ?/Jun/15 2nd
with Phil Dowthwaite, Ruth Sullivan
Hidden 10/May/15 -
Hidden ?/Apr/15 Lead
Hidden 07/Jan/15 AltLd
Simon Gompertz 12/Oct/14 -

Just went straight up the highest of the peaks, over bergschrund, up the ice wall to the gap then 2 more pitches to the top

James Charatan 12/Oct/14 -
Hidden 16/Sep/14 Lead
dauwhe 13/Sep/14 -
Jordangask 12/Sep/14 Lead

Felt very Scottish, cold in the shade but awesome route!

Hidden 12/Sep/14 2nd
Tim Rodgers 11/Sep/14 -
Matt1234 09/Sep/14 AltLd O/S
Stani49 05/Sep/14 2nd
paulmck 05/Sep/14 Lead O/S
with Stani49
MrRiley 04/Sep/14 AltLd rpt

Enjoyed this even more second time around as the chimney was very wintery and provided a great 40m pitch of IV, 4

with Richard Hines
Little AndyH 04/Sep/14 -
Rickrick 04/Sep/14 -
Debbie Lee 04/Sep/14 AltLd
with Lachy, Andy
davkeo ?/Sep/14 Lead O/S

Nice mixed section at the end.

engelsk_chica ?/Sep/14 2nd
JoelO ?/Sep/14 AltLd O/S
Hidden 23/Aug/14 Solo
Big Lee 23/Aug/14 AltLd O/S
annak 23/Aug/14 AltLd O/S
ollyroberts 21/Aug/14 Lead O/S

Moved together.

Smith42 20/Aug/14 AltLd O/S
with Lindsay Yule
DaveThexton 19/Aug/14 Lead O/S

moved together

Tim Bevan 19/Aug/14 AltLd O/S
cathymiller 16/Aug/14 2nd O/S

Great route for a day when the avalanche risk was too high for a big climb. Climbed with Artur and Patrik - Artur led the 4a rock pitch.

artmal 16/Aug/14 AltLd O/S
with Patryk
Timothy Miller 14/Aug/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 10/Aug/14 2nd
Adamski1986 08/Aug/14 AltLd
with Richard Gage
Hidden 08/Aug/14 -
Hidden 08/Aug/14 Lead rpt
Hidden 08/Aug/14 2nd O/S
Hidden 08/Aug/14 AltLd O/S
greenclimb 05/Aug/14 AltLd

guide book time

with Sarah
Hidden 05/Aug/14 AltLd O/S
Hidden 04/Aug/14 AltLd
jogle03 03/Aug/14 AltLd O/S
gingerbex 25/Jul/14 2nd O/S
with Dan Bow
EllieWoods 25/Jul/14 Lead O/S

Followed with Cosmique's arête. From the first lift.

with Rich
Danbow73 25/Jul/14 -
with Becky
Richard Alderton 25/Jul/14 -
with Ellie
skirton 25/Jul/14 AltLd
with Ben Jones
scottie390 23/Jul/14 -

working with paul bridge and simon gardner

reima 19/Jul/14 -
with Niamh
jhobbs 18/Jul/14 -
matty123 17/Jul/14 Lead
with Mia
wiibaker 03/Jul/14 AltLd

The end chimney was so crowded that ended doing a variation rounding up from the right.

blue-icefox 03/Jul/14 2nd

Rocks in the chimney were really loose and there was a danger of some big pieces falling onto people below. Hardly any snow, but still climbed in crampons. I lead the last few meters to the summit.

with Graham
2010_graham 03/Jul/14 AltLd O/S
Ahebden93 01/Jul/14 2nd
Ndawson 01/Jul/14 Lead O/S

First Alpine Climb

Hidden ?/Jul/14 -
ernieb182 ?/Jul/14 AltLd O/S

Very busy day and very hot! Some idiotic parties as usual but other than that, an enjoyable route.

with Remco Graas
viriato ?/Jul/14 -
Anna duckett ?/Jul/14 -
with Matt H
Hidden 30/Jun/14 Lead O/S
Rebs 26/Jun/14 Lead

Did first two points on conville, and also climbed direct to the second point via the slightly steeper (and occasionally chossy) snow slope

Charlotte Nelson 26/Jun/14 -
Dawn_K_B 26/Jun/14 AltLd O/S

Climbed with Ben, great first alpine route, had a bit of everything!

with Lawrence Beesley-Peck, Jem Greenway, Ben Kelsey
Hidden 26/Jun/14 2nd O/S
JemG 26/Jun/14 AltLd
Street 25/Jun/14 2nd
Gibbo 21/Jun/14 AltLd
with Sash Coombes
Hidden 21/Jun/14 AltLd O/S
Retro Rowan 17/Jun/14 Lead O/S

First Alpine route

Tim Harper 17/Jun/14 -
Hidden 17/Jun/14 2nd
joelevanschamonix 17/Jun/14 Solo rpt

http://joelevanschamonix.com/2014/06/23/summer-is-here/

Nick_Merriman 17/Jun/14 -
Hidden 16/Jun/14 Solo
laurence_falconer ?/Jun/14 -

Took the second point direct by an snow / ice route

Hidden ?/Jun/14 -
DigitalSteak 31/May/14 Lead
Hidden 14/May/14 Solo dnf
McGuinness 20/Mar/14 -
with Nick
MSchobitz ??/2014 -
Hidden ??/2014 -
Kayan 03/Oct/13 AltLd O/S
Hidden 22/Sep/13 Lead
joe.91 20/Sep/13 AltLd O/S
AdamH 20/Sep/13 -

Lots of snow and a helicopter rescue for a guide who took a big fall

Hidden 20/Sep/13 AltLd
John Procter 17/Sep/13 AltLd O/S
with tom humphreys
adamwesthead 07/Sep/13 AltLd O/S

Mixed gully very lean and lose. Climbed with crampons and bare hands.

with Zeb
j.buckley87 07/Sep/13 Lead O/S
zebster 07/Sep/13 AltLd O/S
with Adam
Hidden 06/Sep/13 -
Ly-Cilph 06/Sep/13 AltLd O/S

Moved together; 4hrs including approach and return. Enchained with Arete des Cosmiques; a lovely 7hr day out.

with Till N
MrRiley 02/Sep/13 AltLd O/S

Fantastic views and a fun route, the 40m loose icy chimney was distinctly trickier than anything else

david0811 02/Sep/13 -
with debbie, Dave Riley
Debbie Lee 02/Sep/13 AltLd
Braintax ?/Sep/13 -

Harder start up face directly from Aguille du Midi walk

scottywakefield ?/Sep/13 2nd

Lots of fun and another beautiful day

with rick mobbs
Hidden 23/Aug/13 AltLd dnf
justaddpowder 20/Aug/13 AltLd dnf

Early start up 'midi station and moved onto glacier dropping bivi kit on the way to climb. Moved together up 1st 50deg ice slope with geoff leading. Up broken bolders to 1st summit. Abb'd down to the traverse for 2nd summit. Ed got his belay stuck and spent 20min trying to free it. in the end passed my belay plate up to him to use. Caroline got very cold in the wait and even after trying to warm her up in the sun still stayed cold. next climb section was very dry and very loose with 10+ people on it setting of rock fall. dicided to retreat of right slope. Geoff lead the other two down climbing whilst I belayed and moved down after. Slow. Walked Caroline back to station. Ed and Geoff dug a cold sink/bivi for that night. Cold but ok night @ 3520m 3613m AD II (4a) Sunny, slight/mod wind

with Ed Smart, Geoff Smart, Caroline Milree
machine45 20/Aug/13 AltLd

Climbed with Mark Madge, Ed Smart and Caroline Milree. Did my first leading on an alpine route up 50 degree ice slope placing approx 4 ice screws.

Hidden 14/Aug/13 Solo
Paal Kristoffer 11/Aug/13 2nd O/S
Jo sumner 09/Aug/13 2nd O/S
Hidden 07/Aug/13 Lead
onlyfoddington 02/Aug/13 AltLd O/S

Didn't go straight up the the side to the first summit as others were in the way. I tried to spice things up by finding some unnecessary climbing. The initial traverse to the third summit was spicy, especially with one axe. The chimney had a lot of loose blocks. Conditions meant you had to contend with slippery gravel to get to the base of the chimney.

with Adam
David Maddison 02/Aug/13 2nd O/S
Jack00 ?/Aug/13 AltLd O/S
with Edd Carrigan
Si ?/Aug/13 -
Kris ?/Aug/13 AltLd O/S
chris357 27/Jul/13 -
swmackey 27/Jul/13 AltLd
Lumbering Oaf 26/Jul/13 AltLd O/S

Easy climbing and a good day out. Was roasted by the afternoon temperatures on the climb back up to the Midi Station.

with Paul Justin
Hidden 26/Jul/13 AltLd
planetmarshall 25/Jul/13 Lead

Chimney pitch was extremely loose - recommend climbers avoid this route until colder conditions prevail.

with James Matthews
jimmatthews 25/Jul/13 AltLd
Hidden 24/Jul/13 -
Adamski1986 21/Jul/13 Lead
with Stewart Webb, kerry
Hidden 21/Jul/13 2nd
Hidden 20/Jul/13 Lead O/S
Bruce S 20/Jul/13 2nd O/S
Hidden 19/Jul/13 -
Hidden 17/Jul/13 Solo rpt
BoulderyDave 13/Jul/13 2nd dnf

Bailed as the chimney was completely free of snow. We watched a head size boulder get dislodged by the group in front and decided there was more fun to be had elsewhere.

Hidden 13/Jul/13 2nd dnf
Hidden 13/Jul/13 2nd O/S
NoelleG 12/Jul/13 Lead
with Julian C, Michael
joedoherty 11/Jul/13 AltLd O/S
with Dave Holmes-Evans
Ciaran Mullan 09/Jul/13 -
James_L88 08/Jul/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 07/Jul/13 2nd
OwenDT 06/Jul/13 2nd

1st unguided alpine route

Hidden 06/Jul/13 AltLd
Martin Rowe 06/Jul/13 Solo O/S
KatOstrich 06/Jul/13 AltLd
with Laurence
NoelleG 06/Jul/13 AltLd
steve_gibbs 02/Jul/13 AltLd O/S
with Al Docherty
Richard Thombs ?/Jul/13 -
alooker ?/Jul/13 AltLd O/S

Great route other than very loose crux pitch. Ice thin after for the traverse after the abseil.

with David
Claire Molloy ?/Jul/13 Lead
with Noelle
Hidden 30/Jun/13 -
Hidden 28/Jun/13 2nd
zcsharp 28/Jun/13 AltLd

Lead the rock/mixed bit.

with Spenser, Mark
fulton333 27/Jun/13 -
Hidden 27/Jun/13 2nd
masmith 26/Jun/13 AltLd
with Spenser Grey, Jamie Roberts
pffft 25/Jun/13 Lead O/S

Quickly did this in the morning before finishing back up the midi on Cosmiques. Lovely Chimney at the end, though so many people. First Alpine route! :D

Hidden 23/Jun/13 -
Mr Fuller 21/Jun/13 Lead O/S

Very busy but a nice route.

with Paul Gibbison, Joe Barker
aldo56 18/Jun/13 Lead O/S

Nice mixed route; some questionable snow and high temps gave some exciting rock/avalanche in the areas all round. Climbed in part, Conville.

Hidden 16/Jun/13 Lead O/S
Alex Munnery 14/Jun/13 AltLd O/S
with Luke Duckworth
Helen Gibson 13/Jun/13 AltLd O/S

lead the mixed chimney pitch which was fun... good route.

with Gus
matt.budge 12/Jun/13 2nd

Great views of the Tacal!

Hidden 11/Jun/13 Lead
DigitalSteak 05/Jun/13 Lead O/S

Great conditions, solid snow all the way. Rock pitch nice and mixed!

paulmck 02/Jun/13 AltLd
Hidden ?/Jun/13 -
spenser ?/Jun/13 2nd O/S

Really cold so good snow conditions, the pitch of rock/ mixed at the end felt fairly difficult but was very enjoyable.

leowestland ?/Jun/13 -
laurence_falconer ?/Jun/13 -
with Katherine Ostritch
Nemo9 ?/Jun/13 AltLd

Moved together except for very loose chimney

with Col
Hidden ?/Jun/13 2nd
Hidden 08/May/13 Solo rpt
Hidden 08/May/13 Lead
Jacob Forshaw 06/May/13 2nd O/S
lost.arrow 27/Mar/13 AltLd
Hidden ??/2013 -
James Thacker ??/2013 -
Ed carrigan ??/2013 -
jack.williams1 20/Sep/12 Lead
masmith 20/Sep/12 AltLd
Mr. K 09/Sep/12 Lead dnf

Turned back and went for a walk around the Valley Blanche to avoid getting tangled up in a big production team filming a documentary.

fathobbit 09/Sep/12 2nd
with Mr. K
Hidden ?/Sep/12 AltLd
Ashley Hold ?/Sep/12 AltLd
dave josling ?/Sep/12 Lead
timofy ?/Sep/12 2nd
Hidden 14/Aug/12 Solo O/S
Sam Simpson 14/Aug/12 Solo O/S
JKBowers 10/Aug/12 Lead
with David Clej, Antonia Hawker
Hidden 03/Aug/12 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Aug/12 -
Andy Hewison 29/Jul/12 2nd O/S

After descending from Aiguille Du Midi did this before coming back round to do the Cosmiques Arete. Nice straight forward climbing. Had to be quick on the descent to the Col du Midi as there was fresh evidence of Serac fall.

with Francois Bouvier
Hidden 27/Jul/12 Lead O/S
Ewan Russell 23/Jul/12 Lead O/S
with steve(friend of james wilson), james wilson
Wils 23/Jul/12 AltLd O/S

Lots of serac fall on the descent

Hidden 22/Jul/12 AltLd
Hidden 22/Jul/12 AltLd
Hidden 22/Jul/12 AltLd O/S
Hidden 21/Jul/12 2nd O/S
thomaspomfrett 18/Jul/12 AltLd O/S

Lead the crux pitch on the third summit

with Dan Slome
wendynicholls 18/Jul/12 2nd
with Dominic Saul, Richard DuPont
Hidden 17/Jul/12 Solo O/S
Hidden 12/Jul/12 AltLd
Tdavy01 07/Jul/12 AltLd O/S
Rickrick 07/Jul/12 -
Hidden 05/Jul/12 Lead O/S
Katherine Ross 03/Jul/12 2nd O/S

Really nice, quick route.

cbeard 03/Jul/12 Lead O/S

Nice views, shame about the continuous scrum of people

franksnb ?/Jul/12 Lead O/S

moving together, only got lost once!

with owen
Hidden ?/Jul/12 AltLd O/S
OwenF ?/Jul/12 Lead O/S

Once with Alasdair in the rain! Again a couple of days later with James in moonshine prior to Cosmique Arete.

Huw Mithan 30/Jun/12 AltLd
with David Webster
Webster 30/Jun/12 AltLd O/S

moved together mostly at the front. first peak was icy, second was bare rock gully.

HarryB 29/Jun/12 AltLd O/S
abtibbs 29/Jun/12 AltLd O/S
Hidden 26/Jun/12 -
davebrox 26/Jun/12 AltLd β

Also climbed on 18/6/13

with Andy, Jim, mary
Hidden 22/Jun/12 -
Mike Hood 21/Jun/12 AltLd
Hidden 18/Jun/12 -
danfitz 18/Jun/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 05/Jun/12 2nd
Brendan 05/Jun/12 -

Just the main summit.

with Andy
TCarrick ?/Jun/12 -
Strachan ?/Jun/12 -
sneaks 29/May/12 AltLd O/S

Moved together for bulk of route, I led the chimmney. Almost got knocked out at half height due to some twat above kicking off a head sized lump of snow ice. Luckily I saw it coming and it smashed on the back of my helmet, Lucky escape!

with janey
Hidden 29/May/12 AltLd O/S
nicjbuk 28/May/12 AltLd

usual route up left and round the back, abseil then over to climb the 40m chimney. good conditions

with BILL BUTTERWORTH, ross nicol esq
Rick Ashton 06/Apr/12 AltLd
with Bruno Schull
bsavage 04/Mar/12 Lead dnf

Route in very icy condition, on previous attempts had been snow to summit of 1st point and was a 30-40m ice pitch. Did not have sufficient ice equipment to complete climb - backed off half way up face.

with Jeremy Savage
Alasdair Fulton 01/Mar/12 AltLd

Nice. Seracs creaked just as we got to them! Run away and down the Valley Blanche.

Ross Barnes 01/Mar/12 AltLd
with Ally
nickcj 29/Oct/11 -
danJBA 20/Sep/11 AltLd O/S
Jon Sutterby 06/Sep/11 2nd β

Climbed as preparation for Mont Blanc traverse route.

with Steve Bate
Hidden 06/Sep/11 2nd O/S
brad_tait 28/Aug/11 -
wookie667 25/Aug/11 Lead
guy757 23/Aug/11 -
tomtom89 14/Aug/11 -
with Jack
jac00 14/Aug/11 -
with Tom
The Bad Cough 06/Aug/11 AltLd O/S
jon22 06/Aug/11 AltLd
Kris ?/Aug/11 -
Hidden ?/Aug/11 -
Hidden ?/Aug/11 AltLd
Hidden 30/Jul/11 Lead
Clay C 30/Jul/11 AltLd O/S
with Caspian
Hidden 29/Jul/11 Solo O/S
Hidden 25/Jul/11 AltLd O/S
Hidden 25/Jul/11 AltLd dnf
tlmarjot 25/Jul/11 AltLd O/S
with Ben Lea
Hidden 22/Jul/11 -
Hidden 14/Jul/11 -
Ally Baba 11/Jul/11 Lead
with Greg Boswell
Greg Boswell 11/Jul/11 Lead
yashvi 11/Jul/11 Lead O/S
with Jo Wimalasena
aipattison 11/Jul/11 AltLd O/S
with Josh Waller
ferdia 10/Jul/11 AltLd O/S
with Hertha
knicos 09/Jul/11 Lead O/S
mattgrange 01/Jul/11 -

With Andy Perkins and Trudi Smith, starting from Aiguille du Midi and returning via the Cosmiques refuge. Very good route, great views.

edmitchell ?/Jul/11 Lead
JonHarvey ?/Jul/11 AltLd O/S

followed by Cosmiques solo 49mins.

Hidden ?/Jul/11 Lead O/S
emmarowe ?/Jul/11 2nd
JRSB1991 ?/Jul/11 Lead O/S
gripped01 ?/Jul/11 Lead
with JSAM, AIT
Hidden ?/Jul/11 -
steve-grigg ?/Jul/11 AltLd
Hidden 27/Jun/11 AltLd O/S
tscoobydoo 15/Jun/11 Lead rpt
Petarghh 02/Jun/11 AltLd O/S

A bit scottish ! but awesome fun.

Jack Loftus 02/Jun/11 -
KatieG ?/Jun/11 -
jacksonak47 ?/Jun/11 2nd
QuentinSu ?/May/11 AltLd O/S
tompilgrem ??/2011 -

Missed out the second mixed section as didn't like look of it. Went round the side and up instead.,

darcan ??/2011 AltLd
Ander 02/Sep/10 -

Worthwhile trip. Fell in crevasse at end...

with Jimb0
Jimb0 02/Sep/10 -
with Ander
iang74 01/Sep/10 -
Hidden ?/Sep/10 -
Hidden ?/Sep/10 -
kelly_426 ?/Sep/10 -
with Sasha Doyle
Hidden 29/Aug/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 25/Aug/10 2nd
Hidden 22/Aug/10 AltLd
munki1971 20/Aug/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 19/Aug/10 Solo dnf
PeteH 13/Aug/10 AltLd O/S
DaveLeonard 13/Aug/10 AltLd
with PeteH
Ken Applegate 11/Aug/10 Lead

Great little route.

squicky 10/Aug/10 AltLd O/S
bsavage 09/Aug/10 Lead
quarryman 03/Aug/10 2nd
CWMulcahy 02/Aug/10 -
Whitty2012 01/Aug/10 AltLd

Nice route, great conditions

Hidden ?/Aug/10 -
Hidden 27/Jul/10 -
Hidden 16/Jul/10 -
Hidden 12/Jul/10 AltLd O/S
1andrew1 12/Jul/10 2nd
with Drew
quarryman ?/Jul/10 -
with Nic Bryceland
jonesieboy ?/Jul/10 2nd
pawelx ?/Jul/10 AltLd O/S

poor, did as acclimatization

MPSBunny ?/Jul/10 -
with James
Lancer ?/Jul/10 -
rossn ?/Jul/10 Solo
with Bill Butterworth, Fred Cochrane, Nick Bryan
mark_chal 27/Jun/10 AltLd O/S
nicjbuk 21/Jun/10 AltLd

acclimatisation

rossn ?/Jun/10 Lead

Great weather thumping headache on the way back to the Aiguille du Midi though

with Bill Butterworth, Fred Cochrane, Nick Bryan
kevburr 25/May/10 2nd O/S
with Roger Payne
Hidden ??/2010 -
Souljah 09/Sep/09 -
with Shaun
vincentvega 09/Sep/09 Lead
with jeff, danny robb, kevin k
Hidden 09/Sep/09 2nd O/S
Martin Bennett 01/Sep/09 -
with Richard McGuinness, Glenn, Ali
Hidden ?/Sep/09 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Sep/09 2nd O/S
SteveK ?/Sep/09 AltLd O/S
roryifinlay 17/Aug/09 AltLd

Daithi had done it a few days ago so he kindly let me lead the rock pitches.

with Daithi O Murachu
JDSwain 15/Aug/09 Solo O/S

Took 1 hour from the midi station to complete the route

with Will Sim
Bristoldave ?/Aug/09 Lead
Krumme ?/Aug/09 -
CarolineH ?/Aug/09 -
with Dave
tdudley 29/Jul/09 AltLd O/S

missed out ab and traversed round north face instead, doing a couple of traverse ice pitches. lead up crux.

with Chris Glennie
KatieG 15/Jul/09 -
Phil Jennings 11/Jul/09 AltLd O/S
with Tom Nichols
The Mountain Goat 02/Jul/09 AltLd O/S
bridget143 02/Jul/09 AltLd O/S
with Rich and John
Hidden 24/Jun/09 2nd
Sam-westcott ??/2009 -
Zoomer 29/Aug/08 AltLd

Quick and easy, the gully (4a) is loose though.

Jules 210681 29/Aug/08 AltLd
DannyMac 29/Aug/08 AltLd
Hidden 14/Aug/08 2nd
andymoin 09/Aug/08 AltLd O/S

Nice wee easy route in impressive surroundings, slightly easy than cos arête but longer with approach/decent. Watch out for the seracs hanging of tucals North face, watched some guys descending narrowly avoid getting taken out and it was only a minor fall.

with Warren
Hidden 09/Aug/08 AltLd O/S
Neil Mackenzie 09/Aug/08 AltLd O/S

nice little afternoon trip from our bivi at the colo. easy but fun with awesome views

with Nick
CGlennie ?/Aug/08 -
nickdonohue ?/Aug/08 -

Easy short route

with Warren ?
Misha 19/Jul/08 AltLd

Fantastic mixed pitch. We going to do the Chere but it was too busy and Billy didn't fancy the other routes on the Pyramid as didn't like the idea of descending the Tacul face.

richard s 15/Jul/08 2nd
with Andy Perkins, Oliver Smith
Hidden 28/Jun/08 AltLd O/S
spbond 25/Jun/08 AltLd β
with Jim Dutton
Rob84 25/Jun/08 Lead O/S
with Sam Strong
SamStrong 25/Jun/08 2nd rpt
with Rob Dyer
Hidden 23/Jun/08 2nd O/S
Hidden 14/Jun/08 -
Tom Stoddart 20/Sep/07 -
with Iain Leverett, Tom Slade
spbond 04/Sep/07 2nd
with Steve, Dane, Sam Strong
SamStrong ?/Sep/07 Lead
with Stephen Bond, Steve Windross, Dane Harris
Cardi 11/Aug/07 2nd

Moved together. Steve and Lois on another rope.

with Ant F
Martyn ?/Aug/07 Lead O/S
with Simon Bayliss
existing debt ?/Jul/07 -
with Billy
9fingerjon ?/Jul/07 AltLd O/S
with James H
Hidden 03/Sep/06 AltLd
Hidden ?/Aug/06 -
Hidden 30/Jul/06 AltLd O/S
Hidden 30/Jul/06 AltLd O/S
Somerset swede basher 09/Jul/06 AltLd O/S
with Rich Siddle
Hidden 27/Jun/06 AltLd O/S
Hidden 27/Jun/06 AltLd
djking1983 27/Jun/06 AltLd O/S
industrialiceman 31/Jul/05 Lead
Hidden 12/Sep/04 -
TobyA ?/Sep/00 Lead O/S
with Elina
pneame ?/Aug/75 -
with Jack Graham
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