Rockfax Description
III, 200m, 3 - 5 hours. A classic traverse, with magnificent views, which is usually climbed as a there-and-back outing.
1) From the Aiguille du Midi, descend the east ridge to flatter ground and continue eastwards towards the Aiguille du Plan.
2) Pass over two small snowy summits before dropping down steeply to the Col du Plan. This descent can be icy and it will feel steep and exposed in these conditions - take your time.
3) Pass onto the north side of the ridge and traverse the exposed slope, climbing gradually up and leftwards (easier and safer with good snow cover) to regain the ridge at a saddle.
4) Climb the ridge easily via a gentle snow slope to the rocks of the Rognon du Plan. Where this narrows to a metre or so wide, drop off to the right via 2 x 25m abseils down chimneys and ledges (numerous routes possible and huge amounts of abseil tat everywhere) to reach a snow traverse or (in poor conditions) smooth slabs above the Envers Glacier. Cross these to reach gentle snow slopes on the ridge crest which lead to the foot of the rocky summit tower of the Aiguille du Plan.
5) 4b. Go to the north of the tower and climb a series of ledges on the north side. Where the rock steepens, step right and climb a corner (4b) to reach large ledges. A final couple of mantelshelves lead to the stunningly-exposed summit, which is a wonderful viewpoint.
Descent - Either reverse the route or descend the Glacier d'Envers du Plan to the Refuge du Requin. This requires good snow coverage, is usually only possible in early Summer and always has crevasse danger. Check on conditions before attempting to descend this way.
If reversing the route back to the Aiguille du Midi, reclimbing the Rognon du Plan will involve some climbing up to 4b. The Rognon can be climbed anywhere on its east face at this grade. Although the Rognon's north ridge looks quite easy, it proves not to be, so resist the temptation to go up it (it is much tougher than reclimbing the east face) and instead reverse the abseil line. © Rockfax

UKC Logbook Description
Follow the snow ridge NE from the Midi station to the Col du Plan. Turn rock sections by snow couloirs on the Chamonix face to the Rognon du Plan. From here follow the rock arete a short way before abseiling on the Envers side to the Col sup du Plan. On the return journey there is a short pitch of IV to reascend the Rognon du Plan.

Note, most French books rate this AD for the return journey to the midi, PD if you descend the Envers du Plan glacier.

Ticklists: Rebuffat's 100 Finest Routes in the Mont Blanc Massif, Batoux's 100 finest routes in the Mont Blanc massif, Top quality Alps under 4000m, ROCKFAX Chamonix: Top 50, Mark's Alpine Ideas 2017.


ClimberDateStyle
Hidden 28/Oct -
nbryant 17/Oct AltLd O/S

Great route. Really good conditions and only a team of two seen all day. Perfect!

with Patric Lundell
Hidden 15/Oct AltLd rpt
janegallwey 14/Oct AltLd

Packed for a few days out on Aiguilles Traverse, got to the Crocodile and sacked it off due to too much snow. Even getting back up the Rognon was interesting.

Dexter JW 28/Sep AltLd
Matt Amos 28/Sep AltLd O/S
Oliver Livesey 28/Sep AltLd O/S
bc44caesar 29/Jul -
Lamb 29/Jul AltLd rpt

Straight off the plane and last lift up to bivi before Col du Plan to start acclimatisation. Did a there and back the following day before the weather arrived in the afternoon.

seanhendo123 29/Jul Lead rpt

Bivied to get an early start, had to break trail all the way, thin conditions with grey hard ice on sections. Brilliant day out moving together all the way

with Lamb
JoeCoxson 17/Jul Lead dnf

Poor snow conditions, had to take a lower line to the right to get down to the col, decided to sack it off

Phiggle_McDiggle 11/Jul 2nd
edprince 11/Jul Lead dnf

Set off from a bivvy (near Abri Simond winter refuge) early, started route at 5am. Set off in white-out, visibility was < 5m. Moving along the knife-edge ridge, the snow was already soft, and we knew returning around midday was going to be too dangerous, so we turned around. Staggeringly gorgeous views of the sunrise though! Definitely worth it only going that far.

guernseydan 27/Jun AltLd dnf

Terrible conditions. Got to Col du Plan and turned back due to large rockfall on route. Arete's turned to ice on the return. Tough day out!

Barny Hamon 27/Jun -

Got as far as Col du Midi when rockfall and dry conditions turned us back.

with Steve, Dan
nathanjmasters 12/Jun AltLd dnf

An ambitious objective for our second day at altitude but I'm pleased we had a go anyway. The very slushy soft snow made the steep ridge descent pretty sketchy but we got through it. The snow conditions also meant the traverses were very difficult and we opted to going up to the rock and moving together across this. We made it to about two thirds along before noticing that the snow gully which we needed to cross was more of a scree slope with lots of water running out of the bottom. We think we made the sensible decision and turned back at this point. Another route for a colder, snowier time... Great day nonetheless.

rosso 12/Jun AltLd dnf
with Nathan
Hidden 11/Apr AltLd
blakeclimber07 25/Mar AltLd dnf

Too early for this route, even with the low snow and hot winter, the snow on the north side was still far too soft. We were wadding through up to our wastes. So we retreated and skied down the VB.

with Aaron
adie84 ??/2017 -
ndraper1 05/Oct/16 AltLd O/S

To the end of the narrow ridge past the raps. Awesome aonoch eager ridge style conditions.

with Pete Houghton, Charlie
DigitalSteak 05/Oct/16 AltLd
james.oc 07/Sep/16 2nd O/S

beautiful day. Some absailing. check out the route here: https://goo.gl/qnuqXZ

Chuck 23/Aug/16 -
jezb1 21/Aug/16 -
Hidden 21/Aug/16 AltLd O/S
Paul Collins 19/Aug/16 -
with Rory Sullivan
R0BJ0N 18/Aug/16 AltLd O/S
with Wout Martens
Ulgrid 16/Aug/16 AltLd

Only made it as far as Col Supérieur du Plan as poor snow conditions and afternoon sun looming. Headed down the glacier to the Requin Hut - not to be advised in summer conditions as extremely crevassed and pretty dicey. Arrived at the Montenvers railway too late for the last train so had to walk back to Chamonix. Aside from these many mini-epics, a cracking day out!

with Dave
davkeo 14/Aug/16 Solo O/S

Bottle of red and 3 beers lastnight not great prep for big exposure routes. Especially with 3-4hrs sleep. Great early morning snow/ridge conditions but sun softeneing things up rapid on south slopes. Down climbed the first ab. 25m 2nd ab. Climbing back up was quite physical & Scottish. Blue sky day and awesome views. Tracks goin down towards the requiem. Tempting. Really enjoyable mountaineering route.

JoeWilliams 08/Aug/16 AltLd
with Ollie B, Kate
Ollie B 08/Aug/16 AltLd

Turned around at the abs as 12 people were queuing and lunch in the valley seemed more tempting.

with K.Williams, J.Williams
Hidden 08/Aug/16 Lead
BlackheathDiggs 08/Aug/16 2nd
Lamb 07/Aug/16 AltLd

Stopped at Col Superior du Plan due to poor snow conditions, as a result of the afternoon sun, on the final arete of the Aiguille du Plan. 4hrs 45 to Col and late start of 9am from the Midi meant missing final lift down so bivvyed at the Rognon du Plan to a stunning sunset and star lit sky. Left the bivvy at 4am to catch the morning lift down. Only carried slings but a small set of nuts would be useful.

with Sean Henderson
seanhendo123 07/Aug/16 AltLd dnf

Started far too late, got to col superior but poor snow stopped progress....bivied at the rognol du plan then 4am start to get the midi lift down, amazing outing and will be back to finish another time

with Lamb
Hidden 02/Aug/16 Solo
birks3746 01/Aug/16 AltLd

Only did until the end of the snow ridge as we wanted an easy day out, 2nd half looks good though and will come back for it

with Phil
Harry Ellis ?/Aug/16 AltLd
with Hannah Evans, Dave Buckett
wchan 20/Jul/16 -
Hidden 16/Jul/16 -
Hidden 15/Jul/16 AltLd dnf
Gumery 06/Jul/16 Solo O/S
with Alex Marchant
ijsbeer 06/Jul/16 -

Until Col du Plan. The snow was too soft to continue; hence we decended to the requin cabin. Nice tour though

Martin Haworth 05/Jul/16 Lead O/S

Only a short weather window so went to the Rognon and back, short roped all the way, 3 hours round trip. Route is in easy condition but no real opportunities for any protection. Great little route with massive exposure.

jamesb101 01/Jul/16 Lead O/S

Snow conditions were not great and were getting worse so bailed half way

Jake397 ?/Jul/16 -
with Storme England
markflanagan 23/Jun/16 Lead

Snow conditions were poor on the final snow slope up to the plan so turned back. Really cool and exposed! Definitely worth going back for.

El_Dave_H 22/Jun/16 AltLd dnf

Turned back on descent to Col du Plan from the Midi, hot weather, soft snow.

Matt Harmon 20/Jun/16 AltLd dnf

turned round just before gully on the rognon due to altitude sickness

Sarah Roscoe 20/Jun/16 AltLd dnf
with Harry Lewis, Matt Harmon
Mike Roger ??/2016 -
Hidden 30/Dec/15 AltLd dnf
heghedush 04/Sep/15 2nd
clmacdonald ?/Sep/15 AltLd

Descent to the Requin hut at the end of summer not advised unless sketchy glacier crossings are your thing.

tskelhon ?/Sep/15 AltLd
QuentinSu 27/Aug/15 AltLd O/S
steve_gibbs 27/Aug/15 AltLd rpt
Petarghh 10/Jul/15 -

Not in condition. Worth avoiding at the moment

Hidden 10/Jul/15 AltLd
tedburt 09/May/15 AltLd O/S

Got half way before had to turn round so that didnt miss flight home!

with Aaron Burdett
Hidden ??/2015 -
joelevanschamonix ??/2015 -
Hidden ??/2015 -
Hidden 14/Sep/14 -
steve_gibbs 14/Sep/14 AltLd O/S
with Hannah
aljones91 03/Sep/14 AltLd dnf

Snow very slushy so decided to turn back, fun day out tho

annak 25/Aug/14 AltLd dnf

Bad weather so we abandoned ship at the col. Also far too late in the year, conditions on the glacier were horrible, took all day to get to the refuge hut (including falling into a big hole).

Big Lee 25/Aug/14 AltLd dnf

Still can't seem to finish this route. Went only as far as the Col sup. du Plan as it was white-out and snowing and so not much fun continuing. Good snow conditions up to the South side of Rognon du Plan where it became softer. Descended the Glacier d'Envers du Plan to the Requin Hut. Glacier was in poor condition in places but just passable.

Hidden 12/Aug/14 AltLd
greenclimb 12/Aug/14 AltLd

there and back +1 on guide book

with Sarah
Hidden 08/Aug/14 AltLd
Jo sumner 08/Aug/14 2nd O/S
Hidden 05/Aug/14 AltLd
AndyBryce 05/Aug/14 AltLd O/S
joelevanschamonix 16/Jul/14 AltLd β

Great conditions. 6 hours bin to bin http://joelevanschamonix.com/2014/07/21/midi-plan-traverse-3673m/

with Annie
davidbird63 26/Jun/14 -

Last of trip. From the first lift. Harder rock step and longer than anticipated. Description says short. Not so sure. Great route now a firm favourite for me. Return harder than outward due to rock step and steep snow ridge on softening snow.

ten4dave 26/Jun/14 -
GuitarGenius92 25/Jun/14 AltLd O/S
with will smith
Hidden 15/Jun/14 2nd
Hidden 10/Jun/14 Lead
Jack Geldard 09/Jun/14 Solo O/S

Good snow coverage, but very high temperatures. You want to be returning before 12:00.

joelevanschamonix 17/May/14 AltLd β

http://joelevanschamonix.com/2014/05/21/a-few-days-up-high/

with Tim Oliver
Grant Fulton ?/May/14 -
with Matt, Charlie Edwards
mike mo ??/2014 -
Hidden 01/Oct/13 Solo
joe.91 01/Oct/13 Solo

Only to Col du Plan as we slept in and only wanted a half day, would like to finish!

Hidden 23/Sep/13 Lead
Pete23 29/Aug/13 AltLd
with Stephen Mors
Tim Sparrow 24/Aug/13 -

Aller retour. First route, so felt sick waiting fir 2 hours for the bin down!

with Geoff Thomas
jameslam 11/Aug/13 AltLd O/S
with Olaf
Malcolm Auchie 03/Aug/13 Solo

Amazing climb with great views. Snow was a bit sketchy on way back, would reccommend leaving very early for this one.

with Jamie Evans, Karen Pickering
TommyMcG ?/Aug/13 -
robgixer ?/Aug/13 -
Fat Andy Heff ?/Aug/13 AltLd dnf
jimmatthews 22/Jul/13 Solo
Pete Houghton 22/Jul/13 AltLd dnf

Reached the final col, but far too hot and had to turn around to make it back to the Midi in time safely. Super route until then.

Hidden 21/Jul/13 Lead O/S
peter.herd 20/Jul/13 -
with Sinclair Cooper
Pete_Frost 16/Jul/13 AltLd O/S

Fantastic route with amazing views. Descent via Envers du Plan glacier is avalanche prone and very long.

MichaelGallimore 12/Jul/13 Solo dnf

Turned back after abseil pitch due to soft snow- set off too late

with Andy blakley
MichaelGallimore 12/Jul/13 Solo dnf

Turned back after abseil pitch due to soft snow- set off too late

with Andy blakley
Hidden ?/Jul/13 -
danfitz ?/Jul/13 -
with Pete Houghton
Hidden ?/Jul/13 -
Gumery 26/Jun/13 AltLd dnf

Turned back at second col as didn't fancy reversing the steep snow.

with Naomi
Mr Fuller 25/Jun/13 AltLd dnf

Bad snow conditions. Backed off before the first long traverse.

with Paul Gibbison, Joe Barker
Hidden ?/Jun/13 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Jun/13 Lead
jcw ??/2013 -
Dave Searle ??/2013 -
James Thacker ??/2013 -
walts4 ??/2013 -
freeheel47 ??/2013 -
walts4 ??/2013 -
jcw ??/2013 -
Hidden ??/2013 -
Tobias at Home ??/2013 -
Hidden ??/2013 -
alasdair19 ??/2013 -
Tony Kartawick ??/2013 AltLd rpt

Thought it would be a doddle. how wrong can you be. A great route.

with James Thomas
nking100 ??/2013 -
andybuckley 23/Sep/12 -

Great route on the ridge: not hard, but good fun and great views all along. Started on the ridge at 9.30 due to late telepheriques at this time of year. The plan was to turn around after about 3 hours since last cable car down from the Midi was at 4.30. We foolishly took the guidebook at its word that the descent to Montenvers would take 3 hours: the summit of the Plan was calling too intensely, and featured some wonderful cramponing rock steps. The descent was a disaster, though: after negotiating the bergschrund we spent many hours weaving through chaotic serac bands and crevasse fields down the Envers glacier. Reached the moraine/buttress below in the dark and so missed the unlit Requin hut -- we bivvied below the hut at midnight and made the long scree/moraine descent to Monetenvers the next morning -- in a thunderstorm for extra fun. Glacier descent highly discouraged!

with Gerhard Brandt
rosieposey14 07/Sep/12 -
alias dave 03/Sep/12 -
with Sam.EB
Hidden 03/Sep/12 -
Ashley Hold ?/Sep/12 AltLd
Hidden ?/Sep/12 AltLd dnf
andybuckley ?/Sep/12 -

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...

with Gerhard Brandt
Hidden 15/Aug/12 AltLd
Hidden 15/Aug/12 AltLd dnf
Hidden 09/Aug/12 AltLd
cas smerdon 09/Aug/12 AltLd
with Declan
Rockley 24/Jul/12 AltLd O/S

Just under 8hr return

Ewan Russell 24/Jul/12 AltLd O/S
Sankey 22/Jul/12 -

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.

with Ed
James_L88 21/Jul/12 -

Descended straight after the abseils (didn't ascend Aig du Plan) due to soft afternoon snow and the descent over the glacier.

with Badger
Hidden 17/Jul/12 AltLd dnf
Sophie Nunn 17/Jul/12 AltLd O/S
with Floris
nia 15/Jul/12 AltLd O/S
with harry
Kirill 12/Jul/12 Lead

In both directions, 8 hours return.

with James, Michael
Keith Lambley 09/Jul/12 -
with Kate R
Hidden 09/Jul/12 2nd dnf
Nigel Bond 07/Jul/12 Solo
with Bern Hardman
Hidden 07/Jul/12 -
Nigel Bond 07/Jul/12 Solo
with Bern Hardman
67hours 04/Jul/12 -

Ditched our third member part way along (sorry Rob) to make for a much faster traverse. There and back again, about 4.5hrs each way.

with Becky H
Katherine Ross 04/Jul/12 2nd O/S

Really great route, though I really wasn't feeling great for the return.

R_W_M 04/Jul/12 -

Started moving together as a party of three, but left the others at the Rognon du plan as they were not comfortable moving as a three on this terrain and soloed back to the valley Blanche, 2.5 hours to Rognon do plan, 1h 20mins back after hanging around to watch the sunrise and get some awesome photos

cbeard 04/Jul/12 Lead O/S

In both directions - battled a dilapidated Katherine back to the Midi in about 9 Hr

Hidden 03/Jul/12 AltLd
Hidden 01/Jul/12 AltLd
Tim Sparrow ?/Jul/12 -

Aller retour. Done as a first route acclimatiser - felt fine until a 2 hr wait at the Midi to go down ... urrrgghh.

with Geoff Thomas
sacdenouilles 23/Jun/12 AltLd
with J F Philippe
Ragingpossum 23/Jun/12 AltLd

Camped on the Vallee Blanche and set off round 5am to make use of good snow conditions. Summited just after 9, fantastic route. Descended down to the mer de glace unexpectedly, which made for a very long walk home.

with Joe Bowers, harry kingston
JKBowers 23/Jun/12 AltLd
with Harry Kingston, William Bourne
colonelreginald ?/Jun/12 -
mcgovern ?/Jun/12 Lead

Slept in the midi station and got up at 5am to get good snow conditions. Summited the plan after 3 1/2 hours with ease. We returned back along the ridge to the midi station, which was much more difficult. I found ascending the 2nd absail particularly tricky. Excellent route though!

with K-Man
Hidden ??/2012 -
np134 01/Aug/11 Lead O/S
with C. Price
mickd ?/Aug/11 AltLd

Poor ice/snow conditions. Climbed some of the rognons en route. The Envers du plan glacier was VERY bare. Walked back to cham. Long day'

inspiration_needed ?/Aug/11 2nd O/S

Moved together for most of it. 13 hours return! Amazing route. Though almost got hit by rock fall in the decent of the couloir!

with Mat Cooper
nvalentine760 31/Jul/11 Lead
with Sam Burnham
Hidden 31/Jul/11 Solo O/S
Jim Brownlow 30/Jul/11 AltLd
Hidden 30/Jul/11 Lead
jo86 30/Jul/11 -

7 hours return from the Aiguille du midi

Hidden 27/Jul/11 AltLd O/S
Karl Wooffindin 27/Jul/11 AltLd dnf

Final snow slope was in a state. Wisely turned around and went back to the midi.

with Ollie Hemstock
Hidden 27/Jul/11 -
Hidden 25/Jul/11 AltLd dnf
TheLiz 25/Jul/11 -
with Cate, Josh
matthewjames 25/Jul/11 AltLd dnf

First semi-epic. The route was too snowy and we were too slow, ended up deciding to walk down the glacier because the route would be a swim. Navigating a snowy glacier in a white out turned out to be quite hard. Ended up bivvying on the Mer de Glasse because it got dark and we couldn't find the stairs to get off.

Hidden 25/Jul/11 AltLd dnf
catemuir 25/Jul/11 AltLd dnf

Bailed at the Col du Plan and descended to the Glacier du Tacul/Mer de Glace. Only a super-human could get from the Midi to Montenver train station in 7 hours (guidebook time)!

djking1983 11/Jul/11 Lead O/S
with Alex Porter
joedoherty 10/Jul/11 AltLd O/S
Redneck 01/Jul/11 AltLd
with Mark
d_meacher ?/Jul/11 Lead O/S
with Stephen Griggs
steve-grigg ?/Jul/11 AltLd O/S
wi11 28/May/11 AltLd dnf
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden 16/Oct/10 AltLd O/S
masa-alpin 09/Oct/10 AltLd O/S

Completed in 3 hours. Could not work out which way to go in the last pitch, and followed the party who had been after and overtook us.

with Max C
David Horwood 15/Sep/10 -
Hidden 12/Sep/10 -
Hidden 12/Sep/10 -
Alexandre Buisse 03/Sep/10 AltLd O/S

Took us quite a long time. We missed the first passage on the Chamonix side after col du plan and went on the rocks on the Envers side instead, with two pitches of spicy III/IV, then an abseil back en route. The rest was a bit icy but otherwise in decent conditions. We decided not to continue with the whole Aiguilles traverse after seeing the already late hour.

with Nic Mullin
Hidden ?/Sep/10 -
Shonkhor 26/Aug/10 2nd dnf

Turned back early poor conditions.

with Guy, James
Poco Loco 26/Aug/10 Lead dnf

Really hot day. The snow was bad by 8:30, decided to turn back.

with Will, Guy Pomeroy
Hidden 22/Aug/10 -
Ken Applegate 13/Aug/10 Lead

We were going well, but got unnecessarily spooked by a guide turning back just short of the Aiguille Plan. Still, good fun non the less.

PeteH 09/Aug/10 AltLd O/S

Not a cloud in the sky, fantastic views, sunburnt neck.

DaveLeonard 09/Aug/10 AltLd
with PeteH
Hidden ?/Aug/10 -
Tony Kartawick ?/Aug/10 AltLd

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.

with James Thomas
declanj ?/Aug/10 -
QuentinSu ?/Aug/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 27/Jul/10 -
vincentvega 25/Jul/10 -

Done as a return trip. Fantastic route, tricky last couple of moves to get to the very top of the plan as the ledges were iced. Be acclimatised, as its a fairly good slog, esecially back to the Midi.

with danny robb
1andrew1 11/Jul/10 AltLd

Turned back because of heat. Beautiful route

with Drew
Hidden 11/Jul/10 AltLd dnf
stephenmckenzie 11/Jul/10 AltLd dnf

Backed off due to rapidly-melting route.

with James Chesmer, Ben Jeffreys
Hidden 10/Jul/10 -
groovy_nut 08/Jul/10 -

Descended Envers glacier to Requin hut, then down to Montenvers.

with Patrick
AMarchant 07/Jul/10 -

A fantastic day, Ally's first of the trip. Finished in good time and descended to the Requin Hut, Mer de Glace and Le Montenvers.

with Ally Hurst, Stu Air
Hidden 07/Jul/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 05/Jul/10 AltLd
centurion05 ?/Jul/10 -
Tommy Harris ?/Jul/10 AltLd O/S
with phillip belcher
JGW ?/Jul/10 -

Surprised by the exposure on the ridge, and knackered from the altitude by the end, but a great route

with Matt Tilley
gallonj ?/Jul/10 -
liamo333 ?/Jul/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Jul/10 -
Hidden ?/Jul/10 AltLd
goatee 24/Jun/10 2nd O/S
CarolineH 23/Jun/10 -
with Dave
Bristoldave 23/Jun/10 Lead
Hidden 23/Jun/10 2nd O/S
Hidden ?/Jun/10 -
chopin-smith 10/Feb/10 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Jan/10 AltLd
Tadams ?/Jan/10 AltLd
Tadams ?/Jan/10 AltLd
Hidden ??/2010 -
thebigeasy ??/2010 -
Guy Wilson ??/2010 -
alancash100 ??/2010 AltLd
Hidden ??/2010 AltLd
david0811 11/Aug/09 AltLd O/S

very dry and icy made for slow progress. decended the envers glacier which is very badly crevassed

with Mark Reid
Hidden 07/Aug/09 -
Hidden ?/Aug/09 -
Hidden ?/Aug/09 -
John HW 28/Jul/09 -
with Rhys HW, Ben HW, Cath
Hidden 28/Jul/09 -
Ben HW 28/Jul/09 -
with John HW
HimTiggins 21/Jul/09 Lead rpt

Moved together. Hadn't been up to the Aiguille tdu Plan before. Went down the glacier to the Requin hut - it's pretty gnarly!

tebs 21/Jul/09 -

Descended the Envers du Plan glacier. Slightly traumatic getting off this.

with Tim
MoWalker3 07/Jul/09 AltLd
with Quiet Ian
Tommy Harris ?/Jul/09 -
Hidden ?/Jul/09 AltLd O/S
joese7en ?/Jul/09 AltLd O/S
with NG
stuart34 29/Jun/09 AltLd dnf

Didn't make Aiguille du plan summit, descended glacier.

with Stuart Buchan, James Monypenny
Hidden 02/Jun/09 AltLd O/S
thecurlyone ?/Jun/09 Lead O/S
with Liam McGuane
Hidden ?/Jun/09 -
Hidden ?/Jun/09 -
Hidden ?/Jun/09 AltLd
Hidden ?/Jan/09 Solo
brockers ??/2009 AltLd O/S
with CarlZ
barksmo ??/2009 -
nickdonohue ?/Oct/08 -

Did most of the route solo but teamed up with french couple at the Rognon and ascended / descended Aig de Plan then reascended the rognon with them.

Hidden 27/Aug/08 AltLd dnf
Hidden 26/Aug/08 2nd dnf
Giles Davis 26/Aug/08 2nd O/S
Jack00 08/Aug/08 -
with Tim, Darren, Laura
andymoin 06/Aug/08 AltLd O/S

Got the second bin up 6.40pm. Amazing climbing, gob smacking situations on airy snow arêtes. Nothing to technical but a very long day. Did the route midi to plan in guide book time 4hrs. The decent took far to long 5 1/2 hrs to montivers. We when very slowly down a knarly looking but easy envers glacier. After a we rest at the requin hut we also managed to get lost for about 2hrs in the mer de glace/tucal/luacho glacier join. This was very crevassed and required loads of jumping and back tracking. Managed to the get the train tho :)

adw07 06/Aug/08 AltLd O/S

The ridge itself has some nice easy climbing and good situations, but quite short. Had great fun getting stuck in the middle of the crevasse field of the mer de glace.

Neil Mackenzie 06/Aug/08 AltLd O/S

awesome situations but easy. Long descent via requin and over heavily crevassed mer de glacé

with andy & warren
Hidden 04/Aug/08 AltLd O/S
Hidden 04/Aug/08 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Aug/08 AltLd rpt
Dave Searle ?/Aug/08 -
with jim
Hidden ?/Aug/08 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Aug/08 AltLd
JonHarvey ?/Aug/08 AltLd O/S
jimbobimbo ?/Aug/08 AltLd
with Mel
felixthelion 29/Jul/08 AltLd
tommytuffa 29/Jul/08 AltLd O/S
with Felix
Rosey Posey 22/Jul/08 2nd O/S
with Paul
joe king 22/Jul/08 Lead O/S
with Rose
HIGHTOWER 22/Jul/08 2nd
with Gordie (Leuchars), Paul Millen
gordon henderson 22/Jul/08 AltLd O/S
with MRT
Hidden ?/Jul/08 AltLd
Gibbo ?/Jul/08 AltLd
with Tom Gibbison
LardClimber ?/Jul/08 -
with Dave Williams
Hidden ?/Jul/08 AltLd
Hidden ?/Jul/08 AltLd
robertporter ?/Jul/08 -
Neil D ?/Jul/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 25/Jun/08 AltLd dnf
SWalls ?/Jun/08 -
Hidden ??/2008 -
AndrewJenkins ??/2008 -
existing debt ??/2008 -
with roger
Dave ??/2008 AltLd
markfairbank 26/Aug/07 Lead dnf

First day in the mountains, set off late due to getting sorted out and as a result DNF. Backed off before the abseil as had to get back for last lift down. Bit of an epic for our first day........but excellent route. Will be back.

with SteveyM
SteveMyatt 26/Aug/07 AltLd dnf
with Mark Fairbank
Hidden 14/Aug/07 AltLd O/S
Hidden 14/Aug/07 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Aug/07 Lead
SamStrong ?/Aug/07 AltLd
with Rob Dyer
Martyn ?/Aug/07 2nd

Guide used (Dave Hollinger and Willy ?)

with James Williams
Hidden ?/Aug/07 AltLd
Cardi 31/Jul/07 AltLd O/S

Moved together on most of it

with Ant F
Hidden 15/Jul/07 AltLd dnf
Hidden 08/Jul/07 AltLd dnf
Hidden ?/Jul/07 -
Hidden ?/Jul/07 AltLd
Hidden ?/Jul/07 -
david morse ?/Jul/07 -

also finished at rognon du plan

with ric moat and jon denniss
dmorgan27 ?/Jul/07 Lead

Beautiful day, very hot, camped on the glacier below the top station of the aiguille de midi.

with Terryl
LardClimber ?/Jul/07 -
with Dave Williams
rwm7131 30/Jun/07 AltLd
with Dan Parker, Kevin Charleston
Hidden 30/Jun/07 AltLd O/S
JonHarvey 17/Jun/07 AltLd dnf

what a good route! turned back due to unexpected difficulties and conditions at around the 1st rognon.

with Jay Jackson and Sharon Hooper
Hidden 17/Jun/07 AltLd dnf
scott gibson ?/Jun/07 AltLd
cliffy ?/Jun/07 -

Did not complete as it was 1st day out and had to get back for last cable car.

Hidden ?/Jun/07 AltLd
shazhooper ?/Jun/07 -
with Jon Harvey, Jay Jackson
rob stokes ?/May/07 AltLd dnf
with rebecca
Tobias at Home 29/Dec/06 AltLd O/S

Almost died but the views were good.

with Bag
Big Lee 10/Nov/06 AltLd dnf

Started along the route late and moved too slowly. Decided to sack the route off midway along.

with Phil Davis, Jonathan Brown
Hidden 10/Sep/06 2nd
KeithW 09/Sep/06 -

Moved together as a four, but DNF

with Nick Ferguson
Hidden 05/Sep/06 Lead
Hidden ?/Sep/06 -
Nicos 31/Aug/06 Lead O/S
Smelly Fox 03/Aug/06 Lead O/S
with Dom, Rich, Matt Croll
Somerset swede basher 02/Jul/06 AltLd O/S
with Rich Siddle
bandersnatch ?/Jul/06 Lead
with Mairi B
Hidden ?/Jun/06 -
Hidden ?/Jun/06 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Jun/06 AltLd
Hidden ?/Jun/06 Lead O/S
sebastien ?/Jun/06 2nd
Hidden ?/Jun/06 -
hilled101 ??/2006 AltLd
gavinjd ??/2006 -
Si ?/Aug/05 AltLd
with Will
feilx ?/Aug/05 -
Hidden 19/Jul/05 2nd dnf
Hidden ?/Jul/05 -
AJM ?/Jul/05 AltLd O/S
with Ronan Kavanagh
dannyboy83 ?/Jul/05 -
chrissloan84 ?/Jul/05 -
with Sim
Rhian Wood ??/2005 -
dan cowley ?/Sep/04 AltLd O/S
with Angus Murray and John Maguire
Ed Saint ?/Jul/04 -
Alpandy ?/Jul/04 -
220bpm ?/Aug/03 AltLd O/S
with Dave
Hidden 09/Jul/03 Lead
Danhan 05/Jul/03 -
with James D, Dave W, Steve
abbeywall ?/Jul/03 -

out and back

with K
Hidden 09/Jun/03 AltLd
Hidden ??/2003 -
Hidden ??/2003 -
Andy Clarke 27/Jul/02 AltLd

Out and back. Beautiful narrow snow arete shortly after leaving the Midi. All in all, a very aesthetic route, with superb views along the ridge.

with MikeW
Hidden ?/Jun/02 -
Martyn ?/Aug/01 Lead dnf

Got to Rognon du Plan do to strength of party.

with James Williams
Paul-Michael 31/Jul/01 AltLd O/S

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.

Hidden 08/Jul/01 AltLd O/S
Stone Muppet ??/2001 -
Phill_ Thompson ?/Aug/00 Lead
Hidden ??/2000 Lead
Hidden ??/2000 Lead
Hidden 03/Aug/99 AltLd
andrewbooth1000 ?/Aug/99 Lead rpt
with Neil Urquhart & Neal Poad
nige pacer ?/Aug/99 AltLd O/S
bandersnatch ?/Jul/99 Lead
gwedgwood ?/Jul/99 2nd
with Geraldine Achard
auld al ?/Jul/98 Solo O/S
olekemi 10/Jan/98 Solo O/S
with Jerome P
jon 14/Aug/97 Lead
with Rog
Hidden ?/Jul/97 Lead
andrewbooth1000 ?/Jul/97 AltLd O/S

Did this the same day as the Cosmiques Ridge

with Andy from Oxford Uni
Rob Kennard ??/1997 -
with James Dunlop, Paul Andrews
Laramadness 22/Jul/96 -
with Steve Munton
NickJH ?/Jul/96 AltLd O/S
with LiamG
bobelvedere ?/Aug/95 Lead
Jim Walton 12/Jul/95 AltLd O/S
with Ian Mathias
auld al ?/Jul/95 Solo O/S
frost ?/Jul/94 -
with S Raw
craig h ?/Aug/93 AltLd
with Jim Mellor
Hidden 30/Jul/93 -
Hidden 30/Jul/93 -
Hidden ?/Jun/93 AltLd O/S
Ratfeeder ?/Jun/93 AltLd O/S
with Ed
ill_bill 11/Aug/92 -

with Sandy & Jamie Ogilvie. Descent via Envers Glacier, Mer de Glace and missed the last 'Phrique down!

with Sandy Ogilvie
Tony Prendergast ?/Aug/92 -
with Susan Oldfield, Mike Cleary
Hidden 30/Jul/92 Solo
Hidden ?/Jul/91 AltLd
Tim Sparrow ?/Jul/91 -

Plan - Midi after bivy near Requin hut. Fell asleep on Col Midi with out sun screen and face peeled like a lizard later.

with Chris D
Hidden 02/Aug/90 -
Hidden 13/Aug/89 AltLd
Hidden ?/Aug/89 AltLd
gallonj ?/Aug/89 -
pauldrew ?/Jul/89 AltLd

Great day out - there and back again. Tough little pitch to reach Aiguille du Midi summit.

with Paul Glossop, Lisa Cox
Hidden ??/1989 -
Hidden ?/Aug/88 2nd
Tony Buckley ?/Aug/88 -

Done from the Plan to the Midi, following an ascent of the south face of the Plan

with Richard Brockman
Hidden ?/Jul/88 -
Grezza ?/Jun/88 Solo

snow plod in spectacular surroundings. tiring if unfit!

with JuJu
John Marsland ?/Aug/87 -
with Dave Soles
freeheel47 ?/Jul/87 AltLd
sacdenouilles ?/Jun/87 AltLd
SB_NWUK_99 ?/Aug/86 Solo

Stunning views. Climbed without hiring a mountain guide.

Andy Chubb ?/Jun/86 Lead
Hidden ??/1986 AltLd
garywalker147 ??/1986 Lead
eroica64 10/Sep/85 AltLd

Didn't actually get toPplan. Got back to Midi station late and bivvied there.

with John Graeme
Hidden ?/Jul/85 Solo O/S
garywalker147 ??/1985 -
Steve Crowe ??/1985 AltLd O/S

We also reversed it back to the cable car.

biggianthead 30/Aug/83 -
with G
Richard Weller ?/Aug/83 -
with Paul Mavin
Richard Weller ?/Aug/83 -
with Paul Mavin
andy tetsill ?/Aug/83 AltLd

turned back t the col du plan superior s it started to snow and wrmed up. Returned to the midi station

with Richard
John Marsland ??/1982 -
with Eduardo Martinez
Hidden 03/Sep/80 Lead
alpinist63 19/Jul/80 -
mark-abz ?/Jul/80 AltLd
with Mick D
Hidden ??/1980 -
Hidden ?/Sep/79 -
Hidden ?/Aug/79 Solo
beaumap ?/Jul/79 Lead
with Stan Tanner
Nigel Coe ?/Jul/79 -

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.

with John Walmsley
Andy Say ?/Aug/78 AltLd O/S
Hidden ??/1976 Lead
Dave Musgrove 11/Aug/72 AltLd
mikej ?/Jul/68 AltLd
with Hugh Lane
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