Jon Bracey, Neil Brodie, Jonny Baird on Grandes Jorasses

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The Alps has experienced stable weather and good conditions, especially on the Grandes Jorasses (4,208 m) where Jon Bracey completed two grande courses in a week, one of which together with Neil Brodie was the first British repeat of the Whymper Spur Original' aka Bonatti-Vaucher (6th - 9th August 1964, 1,100m, ED3/4, VI and A2+). The other was the Colton-MacIntyre 1200m ED3 with Jonny Baird.

Read the full story with commentary from Jon Bracey at

See a good topo of the North Face of the Grandes Jorasses and read more accounts of UK alpinists at

Earlier this year Jon Bracey and Andrew Houseman made the second ascent of The French Route on the formidable North Buttress (a.k.a. Moonflower Buttress) of Alaska's Mount Hunter (4441m-14,573ft) .

See this earlier news report.

Jon Bracey is supported by Mountain Equipment, DMM, Crux, and Scarpa.

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1 Oct, 2007
Neil, not trying to make you look a better climber than you already are :), but: 1) It's not the "umpteenth" ascent, only the eight "confirmed" (or ninth, depending if you summited before the other team or not - still haven't checked the Boccalatte book) 2) It may have been climbed 45 years ago, but the Bonatti-Vaucher was far ahead of its time. Harder than the MacIntyre-Colton (opened 13 years later with more advanced material), or so goes the local buzz (you decide!). 3) It's the Grandes Jorasses, for Pete's sake! ;)
1 Oct, 2007
I wish. Not thin on anything...that's the problem. I'll continue. Mick
1 Oct, 2007
Inspirational as well Neil......motivating even!
1 Oct, 2007
It's called "British self-deprecating humour", and is envied more or less everywhere else in Europe ;)
1 Oct, 2007
Well... you've inspired me. The Colton/Mac is one of my dream routes. How many ascents has it had? Scottish Grad VI 5? or not really comparable? I take it's like climbing all the grade VI routes on indicator wall in day, at altitude? I.e Phyadellic, Riders, Albatross, and then yet more.
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