From the Promontoire Hut, up the Grande Pic, and over the teeth to the Aigle Hut. An excellent traverse. (10-12hrs)

The first traverse was made in 1885 by Purtscheller and the brothers Zsigmondy.

Pierre Gaspard and sons 16/Aug/1877

Ticklists: Top quality Alps under 4000m.

Hidden 02/Aug/17 AltLd O/S
Hidden 28/Jul/17 -
piken 27/Jul/17 -
with Andy
annihuovinen 13/Jul/17 2nd
davkeo 13/Jul/17 Lead O/S

A beautiful & spectacular climb with everything you'd want in an alpine classic. Bivied close to the Promontaire hut & started out at 5:30. The last of many teams to leave. Moved together for most of the way to the Grand Pic. A few rockfalls from parties ahead narrowly missed us but mostly the rock was unexpectedly solid. Except when I tried to bypass some teams and got involved in some horribly loose & harder climbing. I corrected our line & tucked back into position last in line. Lots of bottlenecks & abseils slowed things down quite a bit but the weather was fine & so it wasn't so bad. Until that is, the final abseils off the ridge where things ground to a halt. To be expected on such a popular route on such a nice day. Finally got to the Aigle hut at 22:30. Hadn't booked but they had space so we opted for an easier night than our planned second bivi. A memorable mountaineering experience. Certainly alpine grade 'D' for the combined south ridge & traverse IMO.

Roberttaylor 17/Jun/17 Lead O/S

Superb day. 11h40m hut to hut. Buried cable slowed us down, making the zigmody part a lot harder.

Keith Lambley 03/Aug/16 -
with John V, Andrew M, Kate R
neal 22/Aug/15 -

Excellent route. Just over 12hrs hut to hut.

olekemi 08/Jul/15 AltLd O/S

An excellent day, and one of the best mountaineering days ever. Beware, the route is graded D/D- in the published French and English guides, and is probably a better reflection of it than the AD given here, especially due to it's length, sustained nature, and complexity of routefinding on the Promontoire Ridge, though once on the proper traverse after reaching Grand Pic, the route becomes obvious. Below the Glacier Le Carre, we strayed off route, ended up on a very steep 6a face variation when we should have been on the ridge proper, but this just added to the excitement. A grand day.

with Ken B, Martin F
mchardski ?/Sep/14 AltLd

14 hrs Promontoire to Aigle. Got off route twice on ascent to Meije- both mostly my fault really. Lead hard steep wall under summit after getting off route due to inability to read french and got my first ever "good lead" from Jon. Ridge travsre in v good nick with lots of snow and ice. Lots of rappels. Knackering.

with Jon Brain
Hidden ?/Aug/14 -
olekemi 04/Jul/14 AltLd

Climbed up to fresh snow/ice, where we turned around; not in condition. Guides not starting out with their parties either. Must return.

with Ken B, Martin F
Si ?/Sep/13 -

Not full traverse. Aller retour

Jasonic ?/Aug/13 AltLd
nking100 ??/2013 -
masa-alpin 07/Sep/12 AltLd dnf

Climbed as 2 parties of 2 - I roped up with Michelle. Descended (abbed off) together. After the big couloir, we went off-route - pretty tough. By reaching the glacier, we found the snow condition was poor (too hot), so descended to the refugee (and valley). 14.5 hrs. Great climbing, though.

with Dave (Nottingham), Max C, Michelle A
Hidden ?/Aug/11 AltLd O/S
uncontrollable ?/Aug/11 AltLd O/S
with Max
Helen Gibson ?/Jul/11 AltLd

long, long day! quite snowy but good weather. very tiring ,fell asleep on road while hitching back round to Le Berade! thought it was difficle.

with Paul
Hidden ?/Jul/09 Solo dnf
innes ?/Aug/08 Lead

Brilliant route.

with Ruth
TimPerkin 19/Jul/08 AltLd O/S

Fantastic Route. Enough said.

with Colin Beechey
jl 16/Jul/07 AltLd O/S

Hut to hut in 12.5 hrs.

with Brad
lazyhopkins 16/Jul/07 AltLd O/S
with Jon Lynch
sgl ?/Jul/07 AltLd
with Konnie
Andy Clarke 01/Aug/03 Lead

A fantastic big day out and one of the best alpine routes I've done. Some breath-taking situations and views along the ridge. Topped and tailed by excellent huts: we enjoyed crepes flambes in the Promontoire and poulet au citron in the Aigle! Hitched back to campsite: will be forever grateful to the Dutch couple who finally stopped on the busy road after La Grave.

with James
Campbell42 ?/Aug/97 AltLd O/S

Not technically difficult but a very long day out. Very hard ice in places on the North side with some dodgy cables in place but that part of the traverse would be harder without them.

with Ian Howdin, Chris Wilson
Richard Weller ?/Jul/95 -
with Simon Currin
Michael ?/Aug/94 -
Hidden 09/Jul/94 AltLd O/S
Bruce Kerr 12/Aug/91 AltLd
with Lyn Benjamin
Dave ??/1991 AltLd

Was one of those days when it all flows. 3.5 hours to the summit and 9 hours hut to hut.

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