There are so many permutations for this traverse it's impossible to detail all of them here. It can be done in either direction. One thing to bear in mind, however, is that it provides a splendid end to the day after a route on the SE face. As long as you can (or want to) climb your chosen route carrying a sac, simply turn right at the top and keep traversing until you can scramble / walk back to the dam. If doing the traverse in it's own right take a 50m rope, a few nuts and some slings. Depending on how much of it you do and in which direction, there are some abseils and some easyish pitches (3+ / 4). All abseils are from bolted stances. The grade given in the CAS guide should be taken with a pinch of salt - AD to D+! This puts it on par with the Hornli and Zmutt ridges of the Matterhorn, which clearly it is not. It can easily be done in good approach shoes / light boots. I retain the CAS grade just to be 'correct'.

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chrissloan84 18 Jul AltLd
jennym32 18 Jul AltLd Climbed from E-W alternating summits with Chris. Amazing beautiful exposed ridge. Route finding easy from guidebook description except after descending WNW ridge from point L'ifala lost the descent path and spent awhile wandering around grassy/rocky ledges looking for the best way down. No one else on the route. Took 11 hours total from car park - car park mostly moving together with 2-3 pitched sections on Point L'ifala
Climbed from E-W alternating summits with Chris. Amazing beautiful exposed ridge. Route finding easy from guidebook description except after descending WNW ridge from point L'ifala lost the descent path and spent awhile wandering around grassy/rocky ledges looking for the best way down. No one else on the route. Took 11 hours total from car park - car park mostly moving together with 2-3 pitched sections on Point L'ifala
Brown 17 Jul AltLd
with Lilifa
with Lilifa
GOS 13 Jul AltLd O/S Start mot obvious. Followed loriaz trial til cairn on boulder on flat section. Then very faintbtrack eventually led through snowfield to fully between aiguilles. Bypassed aguille van. I led soloed grand perron. Colette led next 2 aiguilles. Great work. Fantastic day out. 9.5 hours car to car
with Elaine Mullan
Start mot obvious. Followed loriaz trial til cairn on boulder on flat section. Then very faintbtrack eventually led through snowfield to fully between aiguilles. Bypassed aguille van. I led soloed grand perron. Colette led next 2 aiguilles. Great work. Fantastic day out. 9.5 hours car to car
with Elaine Mullan
Orla_Mac 12 Jul AltLd Really cool ridge, got some more leading and moving together done. Great last day of the MI meet.
with Matt
Really cool ridge, got some more leading and moving together done. Great last day of the MI meet.
with Matt
Fiona Reid 12 Jul AltLd O/S Excellent route. Soloed most of the route except the short down climb to the second set of abseils (it was actually ok but the exposure spooked me and as we needed the rope out for the abseil anyway we didn't lose any time) and 3 pitches up to the final summit. If in doubt as where to go just follow the polish/wear. 3 hours 50 from the initial col to the final summit and 7 hours 20 car to car - we made really good time as we'd descended the approach when doing Aqcua Concert earlier in the trip thus no route finding issues. Lots!! of teams behind.
Excellent route. Soloed most of the route except the short down climb to the second set of abseils (it was actually ok but the exposure spooked me and as we needed the rope out for the abseil anyway we didn't lose any time) and 3 pitches up to the final summit. If in doubt as where to go just follow the polish/wear. 3 hours 50 from the initial col to the final summit and 7 hours 20 car to car - we made really good time as we'd descended the approach when doing Aqcua Concert earlier in the trip thus no route finding issues. Lots!! of teams behind.
Hidden 12 Jul -
Hidden 14 Oct, 2018 AltLd
Loubylou 17 Sep, 2018 2nd Wonderful climb in Switzerland. Simply stunning. Several abseils en route. Amazing views down to the lake which was deep blue.
with Bruce Goodlad
Wonderful climb in Switzerland. Simply stunning. Several abseils en route. Amazing views down to the lake which was deep blue.
with Bruce Goodlad
sn 17 Jul, 2018 AltLd Excellent traverse, which we had practically to ourselves (the weather looked threatening at times). Mostly soloing or moving together.
with Denise
Excellent traverse, which we had practically to ourselves (the weather looked threatening at times). Mostly soloing or moving together.
with Denise
Hidden 1 Jul, 2018 AltLd
Pearce Nicholl 27 Jun, 2018 AltLd
scorpia97 27 Jun, 2018 Solo O/S Epic, amazing ridge line and great day out. Still pretty snowy on the approach and descent but passable in trainers if it’s soft.
with Ollie McAndrew, Peter Murdoch
Epic, amazing ridge line and great day out. Still pretty snowy on the approach and descent but passable in trainers if it’s soft.
with Ollie McAndrew, Peter Murdoch
Ian Lemon 27 Jun, 2018 - Third route as part of Alpine Guides course.
Third route as part of Alpine Guides course.
nbryant 26 Jun, 2018 2nd Amazing weather on an amazing ridge. Plenty of snow on the approach. 5.5hrs car to car
with John crook
Amazing weather on an amazing ridge. Plenty of snow on the approach. 5.5hrs car to car
with John crook
Rich Cross - Alpine Guides 24 Jun, 2018 Lead
with Olivia
with Olivia
sroelants 16 Jun, 2018 Solo
Hidden ?Jun, 2018 -
QuentinSu 30 May, 2018 AltLd O/S
James Thacker ??, 2018 -
Hidden 8 Sep, 2017 2nd
morpcat 8 Sep, 2017 AltLd Moved together for most of it and pitched a couple of steeper sections. Big but pleasant day out
with Tom
Moved together for most of it and pitched a couple of steeper sections. Big but pleasant day out
with Tom
Gav Parker 8 Sep, 2017 2nd
joe_lancs 7 Sep, 2017 -
Hidden 30 Aug, 2017 Solo O/S
Ed21 14 Aug, 2017 2nd
with Ben
with Ben
Hannah V 9 Aug, 2017 2nd
with Sami Modenius, Linda Sun
with Sami Modenius, Linda Sun
Lakesben 23 Jul, 2017 AltLd E-W, really great ridge. Did Acqua Concert to get to the top of the Aiguille de Van which was a really nice approach to the ridge and makes it a full day.
with Wojciech
E-W, really great ridge. Did Acqua Concert to get to the top of the Aiguille de Van which was a really nice approach to the ridge and makes it a full day.
with Wojciech
Max Streeton 15 Jul, 2017 Lead O/S
with Sheri Bastien
with Sheri Bastien
Ross L 5 Jul, 2017 2nd O/S
with Kenny Grant
with Kenny Grant
Hidden 24 Jun, 2017 2nd
Hidden 9 Jun, 2017 -
Andy Lagan 4 Oct, 2016 AltLd O/S
ollyalkema 20 Sep, 2016 AltLd photos: https://ollyalkema.com/2016/09/21/perrons-de-vallorcine-traversee-e-w/
with Miha Habjan
photos: https://ollyalkema.com/2016/09/21/perrons-de-vallorcine-traversee-e-w/
with Miha Habjan
roxyroundtheworld 24 Aug, 2016 -
Finn Curry 22 Aug, 2016 2nd
with Paul Warnock
with Paul Warnock
jethro kiernan 11 Aug, 2016 AltLd
twoplates ?Aug, 2016 -
with Jon crook
with Jon crook
James Moyle 15 Jul, 2016 - Climbed as far as the Grand Perron including the Aig. du Van. Weather started to close in and we reversed. Quite a serious route to escape from the ridge - had a mini epic getting off! We also didn't find the "correct" route onto the ridge.
with James Campbell
Climbed as far as the Grand Perron including the Aig. du Van. Weather started to close in and we reversed. Quite a serious route to escape from the ridge - had a mini epic getting off! We also didn't find the "correct" route onto the ridge.
with James Campbell
Hidden 29 Jun, 2016 AltLd
Mike Roger ??, 2016 AltLd
Hidden 9 Sep, 2015 -
Hidden 9 Sep, 2015 Solo rpt
Steve Woollard 4 Sep, 2015 AltLd 2.5 hours summit to summit
with Gavin
2.5 hours summit to summit
with Gavin
Dawn_K_B 3 Aug, 2015 AltLd O/S Took a long time in the heat and the queue, excellent day out though, great positions but easy climbing with one or two trickier bits. Found the start hard to find (walk round left then up), but after that it was obvious. Think we pitched 2 bits of it (?) and the rest either moving together or unroped. Ridiculously hot by the end of the traverse and was greatful for the little ponds to cool down in on the way down! The walk out is longer than you think. Took many litres of water each and still got back to the car gasping for liquid!
with Sam Ash
Took a long time in the heat and the queue, excellent day out though, great positions but easy climbing with one or two trickier bits. Found the start hard to find (walk round left then up), but after that it was obvious. Think we pitched 2 bits of it (?) and the rest either moving together or unroped. Ridiculously hot by the end of the traverse and was greatful for the little ponds to cool down in on the way down! The walk out is longer than you think. Took many litres of water each and still got back to the car gasping for liquid!
with Sam Ash
Sam Ash 3 Aug, 2015 AltLd O/S
Stuart Johnston 20 Jul, 2015 Lead O/S E-W. Very little climbing and mostly airy scrambling. Highly recommended as an intro to the AD grade. Good practice for moving together. After the summit do not descend any of the gullies to the lakes (steep and loose and v dangerous) but continue on the ridge all the way to the big col and then walk down to the lakes easily.
with Lara Kesterton
E-W. Very little climbing and mostly airy scrambling. Highly recommended as an intro to the AD grade. Good practice for moving together. After the summit do not descend any of the gullies to the lakes (steep and loose and v dangerous) but continue on the ridge all the way to the big col and then walk down to the lakes easily.
with Lara Kesterton
swoodcock 14 Jul, 2015 2nd β a very interesting ridge, 4 summits beautiful valley walk descent
with seb desrieux
a very interesting ridge, 4 summits beautiful valley walk descent
with seb desrieux
OutdoorGirl 11 Jul, 2015 AltLd
mchardski 11 Jul, 2015 Lead With Tasha. Moving together and some pitching, me first all day
with Tasha
With Tasha. Moving together and some pitching, me first all day
with Tasha
Laramadness 11 Jul, 2015 -
Hartz ?Jul, 2015 - Fantastic route - great views and exposure
with Johan
Fantastic route - great views and exposure
with Johan
Hidden 21 Jun, 2015 Lead
Everetta ??, 2015 AltLd O/S
walts4 ??, 2015 -
winter hill1 28 Sep, 2014 -
Hidden 27 Jul, 2014 2nd
Hidden 28 Aug, 2013 Solo O/S
Hidden 28 Aug, 2013 Solo O/S
jimmatthews 28 Aug, 2013 Solo O/S
industrialiceman 28 Jun, 2011 -
Hidden 5 Nov, 2007 Lead
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