100m, 3 pitches.

Rockfax Description
II, 80m, 1 hour. The face can be climbed just about anywhere and serves as an excellent introduction to steeper snow and ice techniques. The most satisfying option is to go straight up the steepest part of the face, right in the middle. Protection will be on ice screws or snow anchors, depending on conditions.
Approach - Walk down the steps from the top station of the Grands Montets cable car to reach the Col des Grands Montets. Climb the glacier easily, initially on the left then turn back right, heading towards Les Drus. The North Face is directly above the middle of the glacier.
Descent - Descend by the Northwest Ridge. The crux wall can be abseiled if needs be. From the foot of the crux wall it is possible to avoid the exposed snow traverse under the rock buttress by continuing along the ridge crest and then making 2 x 15m abseils to reach the curved snow ridge © Rockfax

UKC Logbook Description
From the Col des Montets head up and climb the steep ice at any point. Conditions vary from deep, avalanche prone snow to bullet proof ice. A good training climb for those not use to movement on ice.

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User Date Style Notes & Partners
Westy 18 Jul, 2018 Lead O/S
Hidden 15 Jul, 2018 Lead
crazy_wolf_girl 7 Jul, 2018 2nd First North Face. Very cold, but fun. Made it back for the last lift down!
First North Face. Very cold, but fun. Made it back for the last lift down!
jalqazzaz 7 Jul, 2018 Lead O/S
gooberman-hill 7 Jul, 2018 Lead Good cramponing snow. Led up. Eve abbed and lowered between belays on the NE ridge. I downclimbed. Busy - there was an Arc'teryx Alpine Acadamey event this weekend.
Good cramponing snow. Led up. Eve abbed and lowered between belays on the NE ridge. I downclimbed. Busy - there was an Arc'teryx Alpine Acadamey event this weekend.
James Rigby 5 Jul, 2018 Solo O/S
with Conor
with Conor
Hidden 4 Jul, 2018 Solo O/S
Hidden 3 Jul, 2018 2nd
tradisrad 2 Jul, 2018 Lead O/S Lead across bergschrund then soloed up the face and down the Northwest Ridge.
Lead across bergschrund then soloed up the face and down the Northwest Ridge.
Hidden 2 Jul, 2018 Lead
Alexander_Metcalfe 1 Jul, 2018 AltLd O/S
yakov 27 Jun, 2018 -
SCClimb 25 Jun, 2018 AltLd O/S Good cramponing snow, but didn't take screws. Essentially soloed, save a belay in the bergschrund where it was possible to place a few good screws.
Good cramponing snow, but didn't take screws. Essentially soloed, save a belay in the bergschrund where it was possible to place a few good screws.
The9inger 25 Jun, 2018 AltLd O/S
Stuart Russell 25 Jun, 2018 Lead O/S
BexSmith 23 Jun, 2018 Solo O/S
Hidden 23 Jun, 2018 Solo
george.rich 22 Jun, 2018 AltLd
Linus Osorio 21 Jul, 2017 AltLd
JohnHartley 21 Jul, 2017 AltLd
Robbie Blease 21 Jul, 2017 AltLd
Sam Hunt 19 Jul, 2017 Lead O/S
John1458 19 Jul, 2017 2nd O/S Sam lead up from where the face steepens for 60m then we had to simul-climb to reach the rock as we misjudged the length of the route! Scrambled to the top and then abseiled back down,
Sam lead up from where the face steepens for 60m then we had to simul-climb to reach the rock as we misjudged the length of the route! Scrambled to the top and then abseiled back down,
Hidden 19 Jul, 2017 Lead O/S
Hidden 12 Jul, 2017 AltLd
Christine 8 Jul, 2017 AltLd O/S Nice Ice climb
with rpinto
Nice Ice climb
with rpinto
rpinto 8 Jul, 2017 AltLd
cwildblood 2 Jul, 2017 -
Tom.Sedgwick 2 Jul, 2017 - Downclimb after linking the northwest ridge integral and northwest ridge.
Downclimb after linking the northwest ridge integral and northwest ridge.
andymcronald 14 Dec, 2016 2nd
with Paulo Tombini
with Paulo Tombini
Hidden ?Aug, 2016 Lead
slw86 ?Aug, 2016 2nd
JezzaCat 27 Jul, 2016 Lead
Stella Baylis 27 Jul, 2016 2nd
Andy Lagan 25 Jul, 2016 Solo
Keith Lambley 29 Jun, 2016 -
with Kate R
with Kate R
Pete_Frost 28 Jun, 2016 Solo rpt Always fun. Safe to solo because consolidated snow filled all the crevasses. The slope was nevé rather than ice.
Always fun. Safe to solo because consolidated snow filled all the crevasses. The slope was nevé rather than ice.
Hidden 9 Sep, 2015 -
derryclimbs 6 Jul, 2015 - in descent to avoid the crowds
in descent to avoid the crowds
JdotP ?Jul, 2015 AltLd O/S
with The innocent one, Magda Borkowska
with The innocent one, Magda Borkowska
Gumery 1 Apr, 2014 Solo O/S
Hidden 27 Mar, 2014 -
Hidden 27 Mar, 2014 -
Pete Houghton 14 Mar, 2014 Lead A lovely ski.
A lovely ski.
danfitz 14 Mar, 2014 AltLd
with Pete Houghton
with Pete Houghton
Hidden ??, 2014 -
Gumery 18 Dec, 2013 Solo
Just Will ?Sep, 2013 2nd O/S
Pete_Frost 10 Jul, 2013 Lead rpt Fun training climb. Summit ridge was the usual zoo.
Fun training climb. Summit ridge was the usual zoo.
thomaspomfrett 30 Jun, 2013 Solo Moved Together
with Will Groat
Moved Together
with Will Groat
gingerking ?Jun, 2013 Lead O/S
with Hadley
with Hadley
shah ??, 2013 AltLd O/S
Hidden 30 Jul, 2012 Lead
Hidden 30 Jul, 2012 2nd
BoulderyDave 30 Jul, 2012 2nd O/S
Hidden 30 Jul, 2012 2nd
Hidden 18 Jul, 2012 AltLd O/S
Katherine Ross 11 Jul, 2012 2nd O/S
with zcsharp
with zcsharp
zcsharp 11 Jul, 2012 Lead O/S
Paul1 9 Jul, 2012 AltLd O/S fun route. unpredictable but alt lead it for practise.
fun route. unpredictable but alt lead it for practise.
Hidden 9 Jul, 2012 AltLd O/S
67hours 7 Jul, 2012 -
with Becky H
with Becky H
mrmattwright 6 Jul, 2012 2nd
with Rob Jarvis
with Rob Jarvis
abtibbs 3 Jul, 2012 AltLd O/S
with HarryB
with HarryB
HarryB 3 Jul, 2012 AltLd O/S
with abtibbs
with abtibbs
catty_9 ?Jul, 2012 -
with Henry Todd
with Henry Todd
trivett 30 Jun, 2012 - nice bit of ice in the middle of the face, great route! Easy route finding, just take a straight line from the lift to the summit...
with Strachan McCormick, Luke Davies
nice bit of ice in the middle of the face, great route! Easy route finding, just take a straight line from the lift to the summit...
with Strachan McCormick, Luke Davies
Strachan ?Jun, 2012 2nd O/S
Rick Ashton 7 Apr, 2012 AltLd Waist deep snow until the bergschrund. Then decent neve and ice.
with Bruno Schull
Waist deep snow until the bergschrund. Then decent neve and ice.
with Bruno Schull
sam_lav ??, 2012 -
Hidden 6 Aug, 2011 AltLd O/S
Hidden 6 Jul, 2011 -
Stewart B 2 Jul, 2011 Solo
JonHarvey ?Jul, 2011 AltLd O/S Good neve with some deeper snow at the bottom
Good neve with some deeper snow at the bottom
Hidden ?Jul, 2011 AltLd O/S
Bristoldave ?Jun, 2011 Lead rpt
Hidden 18 Apr, 2011 -
PHILD 31 Aug, 2010 2nd 100% sunshine, strong wind. Went down and camped on the Argentiere glacier. Heard some very loud rock fall and a close fall sent cracks splitting the ice either side of camp, shooting past at lightening speed!!
100% sunshine, strong wind. Went down and camped on the Argentiere glacier. Heard some very loud rock fall and a close fall sent cracks splitting the ice either side of camp, shooting past at lightening speed!!
Hidden 6 Aug, 2010 AltLd dnf
bsavage 5 Aug, 2010 Lead
with Tim
with Tim
Petarghh 7 Jul, 2010 Solo O/S
Ben Briggs ?Feb, 2010 Solo Skied the Chevalier couloir.
with Brendan
Skied the Chevalier couloir.
with Brendan
Timo Austino 23 Jul, 2009 Solo O/S
Hidden 11 Jul, 2009 AltLd
Bristoldave ?Jul, 2009 - very icy
with Jon Hauser
very icy
with Jon Hauser
Hidden ?Jul, 2009 Lead O/S
cmsg 28 Jun, 2009 -
with Gabriel Morrison
with Gabriel Morrison
Ben Briggs ?Mar, 2009 Solo Climbed the face and skied the Chevalier couloir.
with Brendan
Climbed the face and skied the Chevalier couloir.
with Brendan
Oliver Sherman 14 Jan, 2009 Solo
lazyhopkins 10 Jan, 2009 AltLd
with Michael McKensey
with Michael McKensey
Hidden 25 Jul, 2008 AltLd O/S
jimbobimbo ?Jul, 2008 AltLd
with Mel
with Mel
FrankW 12 Aug, 2007 Lead O/S
with Laura
with Laura
chris m fisher 3 Aug, 2007 2nd
with Guide
with Guide
Hidden ?Aug, 2007 AltLd O/S
Cardi 29 Jul, 2007 2nd O/S Did a bit of a continuation along ridge on top
with Ant F
Did a bit of a continuation along ridge on top
with Ant F
Hidden 28 Jul, 2007 Lead O/S
Rob84 25 Jul, 2007 Lead O/S
with Drew
with Drew
jl 23 Jul, 2007 AltLd O/S
lazyhopkins 23 Jul, 2007 AltLd O/S
with Jon Lynch
with Jon Lynch
Hidden 1 Jul, 2007 AltLd
Mark Walter ?Jul, 2007 2nd O/S
with dave657
with dave657
davefount ?Jul, 2007 - nice short route, first snow/ice face route
with Mike Brownjohn
nice short route, first snow/ice face route
with Mike Brownjohn
wilchivs ?Jul, 2007 2nd rpt amazing i didnt fall, front of left crampon came off!
with Ed Hill
amazing i didnt fall, front of left crampon came off!
with Ed Hill
Hidden 27 Jun, 2007 AltLd O/S
Bristoldave ??, 2007 AltLd
with long
with long
Hidden 11 Aug, 2006 AltLd O/S
Hidden 11 Aug, 2006 AltLd O/S
Somerset swede basher 21 Jun, 2006 AltLd O/S
with Rich Siddle
with Rich Siddle
Simon K 1 Sep, 2005 2nd
with Rich Cross + PR
with Rich Cross + PR
Hidden ?Jul, 2005 Lead dnf
fizzy_elephant ?Jun, 2005 2nd O/S
with Rob Williams
with Rob Williams
bladderedagain ?Jul, 2004 AltLd
David Horwood ?Feb, 2001 -
Stone Muppet ??, 2001 -
tjekel ??, 2000 -
tjekel ??, 2000 -
Hidden 28 Jul, 1992 -
KevinBull 18 Jul, 1990 -
tompercy ?Jul, 1990 - School trip
School trip
Hidden 13 May, 1990 Lead
pingora 21 Jul, 1988 -
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