Petite Aiguille Verte : Normale route

Petite Aiguille Verte : Normale route

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Associated waypoints

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Map

  • Swisstopo - 46 - Val de Bagnes
  • Swisstopo - 282 - Martigny
  • Swisstopo - 1344 - Col de Balme
  • IGN - 3630OT - Chamonix - Massif du Mont Blanc

Licence

General

route_types: return_same_way
activities:
durations: 1 day(s)
configuration: edge

quality: medium

Rating

PD     I    P4 

heights

elevation min/max : 3233 m / 3512 m

height_diff_up: 300 m

height_diff_difficulties: 300 m

slope: 40°

gear

glacier_gear: glacier_safety_gear

Access

lift_access : yes

orientations

E W S N

description

Beginners route, very short approach! but still in a great position. Can be busy.

Approach 5mins

From the top station go down the metal steps to the col and the start of the climb.

Route 1h30

Go up the initial snow slopes above the Col des Grand Montets to get to the nice shoulder at the base of the W ridge. Cross the bergschrund, sometimes fragile.
Choose a line up the ridge of easy mixed ground, with a few sections of rock climbing, notably a 5m, cracked wall at 3b, to arrive at a rock table. (A lot of parties stop here.) To reach the true summit, climb down a little rock wall (3b) by hanging from your arms, (easier on the return,) then follow the crest of the ridge.

Descent

By the same way

remarks

  • Nice views, especially of the Dru N face
  • Conditions, and in particular the presence of ice, can greatly change the difficulty.

Sensitive areas
There are sensitive areas on this route. Please refer to the map.

gear

2 ice screws, 2 quickdraws, slings.
Perhaps some friends and nuts for the final ridge.

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