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Midi-Plan Traverse** PD+

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[another midi-plan traverse photo, 2 kb]The skyline ridge visible from Chamonix centre. Usually done from a very early lift up or after staying in the Midi or Cosmiques over-night. Simply follow the ridge from the ice tunnel and turn the Rognon du Plan by a sometimes delicate traverse on the N face. Speed is useful if you want to catch the last lift down as it's longer than you think. Alternatively it is possible (with good snow cover) to descend to the Requin hut and then to Chamonix.

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This climb is in 57 logbooks, and on 7 wishlists.

Hidden - Lead - 23/Sep/13

Fantastic route with amazing views. Descent via Envers du Plan glacier is avalanche prone and very long.
Pete_Frost - AltLd O/S - 16/Jul/13

Turned back after abseil pitch due to soft snow- set off too late
MichaelGallimore - Solo dnf - 12/Jul/13 with Andy blakley

Turned back after abseil pitch due to soft snow- set off too late
MichaelGallimore - Solo dnf - 12/Jul/13 with Andy blakley

freeheel47 - 2013

Tobias at Home - 2013

jcw - 2013

walts4 - 2013

Lovely route, but this late in the season we had to choose whether or not to bail at the abseil in order to get the lift down. Opted to complete the route, leading to a rather epic descent of the glacier & slabs and a night in the open before a storm came in! Live and learn...
andybuckley - Sep/12 with Gerhard Brandt

Hidden - AltLd - 09/Aug/12

cas smerdon - AltLd - 09/Aug/12 with Declan

Descended Envers du Plan glacier to Requin Hut, then Mer der Glace to Montenvers. Very loose, stones falling from glacier, and a short awkward downclimb at the end of the Envers Glacier.
Sankey - 22/Jul/12 with Ed

Descended straight after the abseils (didn't ascend Aig du Plan) due to soft afternoon snow and the descent over the glacier.
James_L88 - 21/Jul/12 with Badger

Sophie Nunn - AltLd O/S - 17/Jul/12 with Floris

Started quite late in the day and so turned around just before the abseils. nothing technical but has some objective dangers. Hence AD in new guide.
chris687 - 2nd dnf - 09/Jul/12 with pete rowlands, john holliday

keithlambley - 09/Jul/12 with Kate R

Nigel Bond - Solo - 07/Jul/12 with Bern Hardman

Hidden - AltLd - 03/Jul/12

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - 2012

Laramadness - 2012

Hidden - 2011

Fabulous. always thought it would be a push over. It wasn't; it was long and the route finging down the Envers Du Plan Glacier was mildly taxing. the night at the Requin Hut was one of life's great experiences.
Tony Kartawick - AltLd - Aug/10 with James Thomas

Hidden - 10/Jul/10

tscoobydoo - AltLd O/S - Jul/10 with phillip belcher

goatee - 2nd O/S - 24/Jun/10 with Alaister Gurney

alancash100 - AltLd - 2010

John HW - 28/Jul/09 with Rhys HW, Ben HW, Cath

Hidden - 28/Jul/09

Ben HW - 28/Jul/09 with John HW

tscoobydoo - Jul/09

Hidden - Solo - Jan/09

Dave Searle - Aug/08 with jim

tommytuffa - AltLd O/S - 29/Jul/08 with Felix

HIGHTOWER - 2nd - 22/Jul/08 with Gordie (Leuchars), Paul Millen

joe king - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/08 with Rose

Rosey Posey - 2nd O/S - 22/Jul/08 with Paul

Hidden - AltLd - Jul/08

LardClimber - Jul/08 with Dave Williams

Started along the route late and moved too slowly. Decided to sack the route off midway along.
Big Lee - AltLd dnf - 10/Nov/06 with Phil Davis, Jonathan Brown

Nicos - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/06 with rich howels

Hidden - Jun/06

Hidden - AltLd - Jun/06

dannyboy83 - Jul/05 with Felix Coxwell

Rhian Wood - 2005

Hidden - Jun/02

From the Refuge des Cosmiques. Desended the South-East Face PD to the Refuge du Requin 6 1/2 hr to summit, 9 hr to refuge. No pitching, moving together.
Paul-Michael - AltLd O/S - 31/Jul/01 with Diccon Proctor

Hidden - Lead - 2000

auld al - Solo O/S - Jul/98

Hidden - 30/Jul/93

gallonj - Aug/89

Hidden - Jul/88

garywalker147 - Lead - 1986

Steve Crowe - 1985

Richard Weller - Aug/83 with Paul Mavin

mark-abz - AltLd - Jul/80

We went Plan - Midi so we didn't have to descend the Envers de Plan glacier when the snow bridges were soft. Nearly reached the ridge, on a perfect smooth snow slope when boom, I fell down a crevasse. An epic ensued, but we both limped into Midi station with relief.
Nigel Coe - Jul/79 with John Walmsley

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Style of ascent

Soloed5 of 57 (8.8%)
Lead5 of 57 (8.8%)
Followed4 of 57 (7.0%)
Alt Leads14 of 57 (24.6%)
Unknown29 of 57 (50.9%)

'Climbed'43 of 57 (75.4%)
clean O/S10 of 57 (17.5%)
dnf4 of 57 (7.0%)