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Traverse – Aiguille d'Entreves - Chamonix
The traverse of the Aiguille du Entreves is Courmayeurs equivalent to the Cosmiques arete. Short, technical and good fun, although the Entreves doesn't finish quite as conveniently as the Cosmiques, you'll have to walk back to the lift station!
The route starts at the col du Entreves, an hour and a halves glacial walk from the skyway lift which starts in Courmayeur.
After an initial easy scramble, the ridge narrows and travels horizontally towards the summit tower. This section is very exposed and you can look down the south face at the village of Courmayeur almost 2000m below. The climbing is fairly straightforward despite the exposure, and the summit tower is soon reached, where one hard move (or a pull on gear) lands you on the summit.
The climbing isn't over though, as a series of down climbs or abseils must now be undertaken before more easy scrambling leads to the next snowy col, from where you can rejoin the ascent track and the skyway lift.
Required experience/skill level:
Intermediate - Good general mountaineering skills.
Length (in metres):
300m ascent from Torino refuge
4 – 5 hours from Torino refuge.
Helbronner lift/Torino refuge.
Maximum guide ratio:
June – October
Snow on the route makes it much harder. Look for dry conditions.
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