Petite Aiguille Verte : Chevalier Couloir

Petite Aiguille Verte : Chevalier Couloir

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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

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General

route_types: traverse
activities:
durations: 1 day(s)
configuration: corridor

quality: medium

Rating

AD     I    P4 
5.2 / E2
TD / S5

heights

elevation min/max : 3150 m / 3512 m

height_diff_up: 350 m

height_diff_difficulties: 350 m

slope: 350 m à 45/50°, départ très étroit à +50°

gear

glacier_gear: glacier_safety_gear

orientations

E W S N

description

Good route for gaining confidence in mixed gully climbing, with a vey short approach yet in an impressive position.

Tracé rouge : couloir Chevalier. Bleu : couloir Gigord
Tracé rouge : couloir Chevalier. Bleu : couloir Gigord

Approach 15 min

From the top station of the Grands Montets, go down the ski piste towards the Argentiere glacier for about 150 metres. Keeping fairly high, go along the base of the rock buttresses of the NE ridge of the Grand Montets/Petite Verte to the base of the couloir.

Route

The gully is obvious. It starts slightly to the right, with only the lower third visible from the bergschrund. Find a way over the bergschrund, (not always easy, sometimes you have to use the rocks on the right.)
Climb the snow slopes, the exit is made up an easy slope of mixed, (if there is not a lot of snow,) to reach a ridge in the shape of a half moon. If you want to go onto the summit, follow the route for the NE ridge, (snow and ice,) to reach a little gap at the foot of the rocks on the normal route. Some rock climbing (3b) to reach the summit.

Descent

  • By the normal route to the Cable car station
  • On skis, (please see French version)

remarks

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

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