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Aiguille Verte (4122m) Moine Ridge, AD, III

The Moine (South West) Ridge on the Aiguille Verte

The Red line is a rough approximation of the line we took in August 2012. The Grand Rocheuse and Aiguille du Jardin to the right with the Whymper Couloir visible just right of centre.

Celebrating The Break of Dawn at 3800m on the Moine Ridge

The Mont Blanc Massif Beyond

Crisp Dawn Snow Conditions on the Aiguille Verte Moine Ridge

Snow conditions were less 'crisp' on the descent of the ridge but this was manageable as there is always some rock to hand. Numerous teams traversing the mountain by either the Arete Grand Montets or Jardin took a bivi and enjoyed good snow conditions for the descent.

The Lovely Balcon Walk in to the Couvercle Hut is Characterised by Steep Alpine Meadows & Ladders!

Here the Charpoua basin is traversed with the Drus and Sans Nom Arete on the Verte above.

The Refuge Couvercle (2867m) Blends the Wow Factor of the Chamonix Skyline With an Old Rustic Mountain Hut Feel

A Superb Base Camp for Climbs on the Moine, Eveque, Non, Cardinal, Verte, Droites, Courtes, Isabella etc etc...

Short Rock Pitches & Route Finding On A Very Dark Night Low Down on the Aiguille Verte

This lower section of the Moine Ridge is open to much variation and whilst many options will work they may be harder / easier or looser / firmer than others!

Dawn Finally Arrives at about 0600 in Late August

After 4 hours travel in the dark the first light is warmly welcomed but an early start is necessary to pack in a lot of climbing in and still get back to the hut for tea.

Mixed Ground on the Upper Moine Ridge

The Talefre, Leschaux and Vallee Blanche Glaciers all merging together to form the 'Mer de Glace' below.

Chris Enjoying the Fine Upper Snow Aretes of the Moine Ridge

Now very close to the summit of the Verte...

After 7.5 Hours Climbing the Summit of the Aiguille Verte is Reached

The Verte's central location in the Mont Blanc Massif offers a magnificent view of the range

Downclimbing the Central Section of the Moine Ridge

With the eponymous Aiguille du Moine in the background

One of Several Short (Max 25m) Rappels We Made on the Descent

This 25m pitch was climbed on the ascent via the left slanting groove and short, steep awkward chimney above.