Bullock and Houseman free Grand West Couloir

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Nick Bullock and Andy Houseman have made a rare repeat of the 1975 Gabarrou/Picard-Deyme Grand West Couloir on the West Face of the Aiguille du Plan (3,673m) above Chamonix.

After a snowy winter, the pair found the c700m route in very icy conditions and completed it in just nine hours: early repeats required at least one bivouac. However, they then took more than half this time to reverse the Midi-Plan Arête to the Midi téléphérique station.

  • Full report with history by Lindsay Griffin on the BMC Website

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2 Jun, 2009
Lest anyone think this happened yesterday and is an indicator of current Chamonix conditions, I think this is an ascent from early April?
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