IV, 300m. For those looking to turn the Couturier into a slightly tricker route, this beautiful gully is a good choice. However, the ice is in the gully is almost always hard and brittle and as such can be tiring to climb.
Follow the Couturier Couloir to roughly 2/3 height. Just above the rock buttress that splits the couloir, move left up steepening ice and snow for 100m to reach the foot of the gully. The gully steepens gradually throughout and reaches 80 degrees towards the top. Climb it in four pitches and then follow easier mixed and snow above, either by going left to the Grande Rocheuse or right to the Aiguille Verte summit ridge. © Rockfax
G Bettembourg, M Thivierge 19/May/1975.
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