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Chere Couloir – Mont Blanc du Tacul - D

Route:

Chere Couloir -  Aiguille du Midi - Chamonix - France

Category:

Mountaineering

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Route description:

Another very popular Chamonix classic. An easily accessible ice route not far from the Aiguille du Midi lift station.
The difficulties are roughly equivalent to Scottish grade IV, but this very much depends on the condition of the ice, which can be very hard in dry conditions.
After an lower angled pitch over the bergshrund, the route follows the obvious couloir in four or five pitches, with belays (some bolted) on the right hand wall. Above, the angle eases and one could climb onwards to the summit of the Tacul, or abseil back down the route (being careful of parties climbing below).

Required experience/skill level:

Advanced – previous climbing multi pitch experience, and ice climbing required.

Length (in metres):

200m

Time/duration:

1 day

Starting point/base:

Chamonix

Aiguille du midi Cable car station

Maximum guide ratio:

1:2

Normal season:

February – October. A very reliable route conditions wise.

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Comments/notes:

This is one of Chamonix's most popular routes, and it can get very busy. Other options exist on the Triangle du Tacul, and sometimes it's worth staying at the Cosmiques refuge the night before to ensure an early start.

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Fred striking the classic Entreves pose.

Alpine climbing before the rain arrives this afternoon.

📷: @skiascent

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2 days ago

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Summit of the #Eiger this morning with Sarah.

Good conditions on the south ridge from the Monchjoch Hut, and we had the top to ourselves. Being patient with the weather paid off in the end. ☀️

Lots of teams on the other nearby classics: Monch, Jungfrau, Fisherhorn etc

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3 days ago

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Eiger plans on hold for 24 hours. Waiting for the snow to burn off a bit. Instead we traversed the Monch, via a verglas encrusted SW ridge.

Now resting before tomorrow’s early start for the Eiger south ridge.

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Our #MontBlanc team were successful on the Grand Paradiso yesterday. Currently on route back to Chamonix.

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Climbing the Index with Sarah this morning. A nice mellow day after an especially long day on Monte Viso’s east ridge a couple of days ago.

Pretty busy on the route today, we did about a million short pitches for practice and to give the other teams some room.

A rest day tomorrow, and then the Eiger 👍🏔

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