Rockfax Description
IV, 750m, 6 - 8 hours. The Shroud tackles a stunning feature but is not climbed as much as it used to be since climbers have begun to seek out more technical routes. Modern ice climbing equipment has tamed the route slightly but the exposure and unrelenting nature of the terrain still makes this a line to be respected. The upper section has been skied on several occasions, a feat even beyond the comprehension of most extreme skiers.
1) The technical crux of the route is right at the start - the wide, icy runnel which breaks through the lower rock band. Climb the runnel in four pitches, the steepest of which kicks up to 80 degrees to reach the even wider icy ramp above.
2) Drift up and left across this (65 degrees) for 2 pitches to reach the main icefield.
3) Climb this (sustained at 50 - 55 degrees, with minimal protection in anything other than icy conditions) and, either follow an icy ramp out leftwards at the top, or (if conditions allow), go straight up through a mixed gully. Either option brings you onto the Hirondelles Ridge.
Descent - Either follow the Hirondelles ridge to the summit of Pointe Walker via some loose and unpleasant scrambling, or abseil down the ridge to reach the top of the Petit MacIntyre and then abseil down this. © Rockfax

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tim20 27 Sep, 2014 AltLd Climbed to 2/3 rds night, started too late and un acclimatized, had to bail 1 p below the ice feilds, 21h day, knees will never be the same
with neil philips
Climbed to 2/3 rds night, started too late and un acclimatized, had to bail 1 p below the ice feilds, 21h day, knees will never be the same
with neil philips
edek_w 15 Feb, 2010 -
Rich Cross - Alpine Guides ?Oct, 2009 AltLd
with Stu Macaleese
with Stu Macaleese
nickdonohue ?Jun, 2009 AltLd dnf We climbed about 2 pitches worth of the initial section of the entrance funnel(on a slight rising diagonal left) before what had looked like good ice turned out to be thinly crusted slabs. We had to downclimb to our start and then realised it looked like it would have gone if we had started further right - at the furthest right possible(and stayed right until reaching the icefield). Unfortunately we felt we had lost too much time to continue the climb so we bailed. Gutted!
with Benoit Rosset
We climbed about 2 pitches worth of the initial section of the entrance funnel(on a slight rising diagonal left) before what had looked like good ice turned out to be thinly crusted slabs. We had to downclimb to our start and then realised it looked like it would have gone if we had started further right - at the furthest right possible(and stayed right until reaching the icefield). Unfortunately we felt we had lost too much time to continue the climb so we bailed. Gutted!
with Benoit Rosset
Hidden 22 Sep, 2008 Solo
MYSSAK 3 Apr, 1999 Solo O/S
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