Rockfax Description
500m. An excellent, long route with some good rock climbing and an enjoyable scramble to finish. There is some loose rock towards the top of the technical pitches but otherwise the quality is superb. The route is bolted, except for the easier sections of the ridge, so bringing a couple of cams isn't a bad idea.
Approach - From the top of the Index chairlift, descend towards Lac Blanc for 50m then take the jeep track on the left which takes you up towards the Grande Floria and Aiguillette de la Floria. Just after the path branches off to the Grande Floria, the jeep track crests a small col and begins to descend rightwards. When it does this, cut off left and pass under the Aiguillette de la Floria and then climb up to the top of the Floria drag lift. Cross the scree slope heading directly for the foot of the route, which is reached in 45 minutes from the chairlift.
1) 5b, 2) 5b, 3) 5c, 4) 5b, 5) 5a, 6) 5a, 7) 5c.
From the end of the pitch 7, scramble along the ridge, past the occasional bolt, staying mainly on the right of the crest. Just below the final section to the summit there is a steep pitch of 5c, which comes as quite a shock after a long spell of easy ground! After this, continue on easily to the Crochues south summit.
Descent - Descend the Crochues Traverse via combination of downclimbing and abseiling. © Rockfax

Ticklists: Escalades Choisies Mont-Blanc Aiguilles Rouges (60 Routes 4 to 6a+).

Lakesben 30/Aug/17 Lead

Really nice route with grrat views over the massif. Super soft for 5c, it would probably get 5a on the other side of the valley, VS 4c at most. Carried on up the ridge to the summit then descended the Crochures traverse to come down.

with LucyJ
Claire Molloy 03/Aug/17 2nd O/S
with Mark Thomas
betathief 29/Jul/17 AltLd
betathief 24/Jun/17 AltLd dnf
Siongethinhill 02/Sep/16 Lead O/S
with adam martin
Hidden 01/Sep/16 AltLd
Harry Ellis 17/Aug/16 AltLd
with Dave Buckett, Hannah Evans
hairy51 26/Jul/16 AltLd O/S

Good fun, good steady climbing up to the ridge with plenty of bolts, but there were a couple missing hangers when we were there this year (Including the first belay) so worth taking a few small nuts/cams just incase.

10029759 26/Jul/16 AltLd O/S
matty123 26/Jul/16 AltLd
with Bob Addey
Hidden 06/Aug/15 AltLd O/S
Hidden 03/Aug/15 AltLd O/S
steve-grigg 03/Aug/15 AltLd O/S
with Nina, helen.baldwin
EllieWoods 31/Jul/15 AltLd O/S

Great day! Up on the first lift and got perfect weather. Led P3 and P4 then roughly in blocks of 2 each. Thought it had some tough sections for 5c but all really nice.

with pete belfield, Rich
Richard Alderton 31/Jul/15 AltLd O/S
with Ellie
Hidden 04/Jul/15 -
Brucemacrosson ?/Jul/15 AltLd

D+ bolted French 5c

with Bryan Rhinn
Hidden 22/Jun/15 Lead
davkeo 16/Jun/15 AltLd O/S

Abed back down the route in the rain. P1,3 & 6.

with Jack Doyle
Hidden 05/Sep/14 -
Little AndyH 05/Sep/14 AltLd O/S
Hidden 13/Aug/14 AltLd dnf
Hidden 30/Jul/14 AltLd
Gumery 25/Jul/14 AltLd O/S
with Caroline, Naomi
Hidden 25/Jul/14 AltLd
jhobbs 16/Jul/14 AltLd
Harvdog 16/Jul/14 AltLd O/S
Pete_Frost 15/Jul/14 AltLd O/S

Pleasant route, fully bolted. Some loose rock.

with Iolanda
Hidden 01/Jul/14 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Jul/14 AltLd O/S
froglette 01/Sep/13 2nd O/S

rapped down after 7th pitch and missed last telepherique :-)

with Jean Francois, John Proudfoot
Hidden 01/Sep/13 AltLd dnf
Keith Lambley 20/Aug/13 AltLd
with Pete H
artmal 16/Aug/13 Lead O/S
with Patryk
SteveM 13/Jul/13 AltLd
with Tobs
Grant Fulton ?/Jul/13 Lead
Hidden ?/Jul/13 2nd
Hidden ?/Jul/13 2nd
AnnaBacklund ?/Jul/13 AltLd O/S
Hidden 28/Jun/13 -
Gumery 28/Jun/13 Lead O/S
with Claire
LeadBalloon 09/Jul/12 Lead O/S
with Mark
chrissloan84 ?/Aug/11 -
with paul
tallthinmonkey 15/Jul/11 AltLd O/S
with Rob Leuhman
bigbobbyking 25/Jun/11 AltLd

Basically fully equipped although I used one or two cams. Crux moves ~5c seems right. A cool way to this prominent summit. Fairly obvious way down to the SW although one long exposed chimney to down climb.

with Dan Guest
David Horwood 12/Sep/10 -
jameslam 20/Jul/10 2nd O/S
with Charlie Thorneycroft
bandersnatch ??/2000 Lead
with Mairi B
bandersnatch ??/1996 Lead
with Mairi B
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