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Perrons Traverse - AD


Perrons Traverse -  Vallorcine - Chamonix - France


Rock Climbing, Mountaineering

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Route description:

The traverse of the Perrons ridge above the Emosson dam is a classic mid altitude scramble. A satisfying outing in it's own right, it's also excellent preparation for AD alpine routes in the high mountains.

Most of the height gain takes place in the approach walk and scramble. After that the ridge climbs and descends a number of towers along it's length. Most of the ground is not too technical, scrambling with a few short pitches of harder climbing here and there. It is quite exposed in places however so you need to be reasonably confident with that.

Two of the towers need to be abseiled, the first in three sections and the second in two. A doubled 50m rope is fine for this and the anchors are all bolted.

This climb is all about moving efficiently over moderately technical ground. Good rope work and constant movement is the name of the game.
The climbing can be done in approach shoes or mountain boots. Rock shoes are not normally necessary. In the early season the approach couloir can hold snow so an axe and crampons are required.

Required experience/skill level:

Intermediate. Previous scrambling and abseiling experience required.

Length (in metres):



8 - 10 hours car to car.

Starting point/base:

Emosson Dam (access from Chamonix)

Maximum guide ratio:


Normal season:

June - October

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This route features on some of our technical alpinism trips. See our scheduled trips page for more details.

The south face of the Perrons offers some of the best multi-pitch rock climbing in the area. Grade Fr6b and above for the best routes.

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