Climbs 5
Rocktype Ice
Altitude 1786m a.s.l
Faces NW

Hulya Vassail climbing out of a moulin in Mer de Glace. © Alexandre Buisse

Crag features

Crevasses on the right bank of the Mer de Glace approx 300mts South of the point where Vire des Guides Echelles ascends the lateral morraine. A good spot to play when strong Southerly winds would otherwise keep you in the valley.

Plenty of opportunities for ice climbing on the slab and wall at the lake as well as on most of the crevass'.

There is also a glacial moulon which may be explored if it can be found.

Only 20 minutes walk up the glacier from the bottom of the ladders at Montenvers.

Approach notes

Train from Chamonix to Montenvers then fixed ladders down rock faces to the glacier, head off SE up the glacier aiming for the far (right bank). In good visibility you can see the ice cliffs. You are unlikely to be alone as it is a popular spot for guides to take novice ice climbers.


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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1 Unknown ice climb, Mer de Glace, Chamonix WI-4+ 48
2 Overhanging Wall WI-3+ 12
Climb name Grade
3 Easy Slab WI-2 * 19
4 Les Contes De La Folie Ordinaire 6a+ ** 5
Climb name Grade
5 Essorage Express 6a * 1

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