Refuge des Cosmiques : Laurence Ridge

Refuge des Cosmiques : Laurence Ridge

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Map

  • Swisstopo - 46 - Val de Bagnes
  • Swisstopo - 292 - Courmayeur
  • IGN - 3531ET - St-Gervais les Bains - Massif du Mont Blanc
  • IGN - 3630OT - Chamonix - Massif du Mont Blanc
  • Escursionista - ESC01 - Monte Bianco, Courmayeur

Licence

General

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

quality: medium

Rating

PD+   M1    II    P3 

heights

elevation min/max : 3842 m / 3650 m

height_diff_up: 100 m

height_diff_difficulties: 100 m

gear

glacier_gear: glacier_safety_gear

orientations

E W S N

description

An easy initiation into mixed alpine climbing. An interesting way to reach the Cosmiques hut or an alternative if there are too many people on the Cosmiques Ridge.
Also known as the "Arête à Lolo".

Approach

From the Aiguille du Midi telecabin station, go down the ridge and then along, under the S face of the Midi. Pass under the Cosmiques hut to reach the Col du Midi.

Route

Climb up the relatively easy angled slopes to reach the crest of the ridge and follow this, mainly keeping to the Valley Blanche side. A short abseil at the end may be necessary if the slab is under snow, (lots of slings.) Finish onto the terrace of the hut, following a fixed rope.

Descent

Pass through the hut, (Crampons off!) and follow the normal route back up the ridge to the telecabin.

remarks

A pleasant little outing, never difficult, but in a great position and very accessible.
No in-situ gear except for the slings at the little abseil and the fixed rope at the end. Lots of spikes to help with moving together.

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

gear

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