McHaffie and Bransby - Petit Route - Grand Capucin

The Grand Capucin dwarfs two climbers on their approach at sunrise  © Jon Griffith
The Grand Capucin dwarfs two climbers on their approach at sunrise
© Jon Griffith
British trad stars James McHaffie and Ben Bransby have just made a free ascent of the legendary Voie Petit on the Grand Capucin (3838m) in the Mont Blanc area.

Their ascent is possibly the third free ascent after Alex Huber in 2005 and Czech climbers Václav Šatava and Dušan Janák in 2007.

The route tackles the 450m granite wall via a series of hard pitches up to F8b.

Reporting via text message, McHaffie said:

"We got it! 4 days, flashed all but crux roof which I got 2nd redpoint."

UKClimbing.com hope to bring full details of this ascent soon.


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17 Aug, 2009
Surely the British news story of the month....well done to them!
17 Aug, 2009
Top stuff. Great effort chaps!
17 Aug, 2009
valiant effort boys, tally hoo!
18 Aug, 2009
Top effort.
18 Aug, 2009
big pretty route - pretty big acheivement