/ Chamonix AD Climbs
Thanks for that Mark, trying to sort out a wish list as you suggest and got "Mont Blanc and the Aiguilles Rouges: Selected Climbs" on order. I've done The Cosmiques Arete some years ago but that is on the list since my buddy hasn't. Thanks again, Den
Dent du Geant normal route rates very highly for me - fixed ropes up a lot of the climb giving an easier option if freeing it becomes too strenuous or time-consuming. Hits the 4000+m mark, and approach not too bad from Torino hut - or there's a great bivvy site just below the first couloir. Just fabulous situations all the way up - proper mountain day. Would recommend the panoramic lift across from the Midi - have to be fast to catch it back on the day of the climb though.
> Would recommend the panoramic lift across from the Midi - have to be fast to catch it back on the day of the climb though.
There's a mighty big "if" attached to that... Storm Eleanor ate the Panoramic the other week, bits of it are currently scattered across the Vallee Blanche. It is unlikely that they'll have fixed it by May this year.
Hi. Thanks for your thoughts, I've looked it up and it seems a piece of work to me, a big day and a big height. I'll put it in the wish box I think but probably never tick it, at least not this trip.
Bet that spoiled someone's day. Thanks for the heads up.
If you're saying that the Dent du Geant looks like too big a day out then I'd suggest that you're not ready for AD routes in the Alps and you'd probably be better off and have more fun starting on some PD routes with a bit of glacier and a bit of rock ridge and moving to AD when they feel easy. Doing things like the Cosmiques Arete doesn't count - its a nice climb in an alpine setting but not really a real alpine route.
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