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Aiguille du Chardonnet (3824m), Forbes Arete (AD)

Post Dawn After The Long Glacier Approach From Albert Premier

An 0200 breakfast was taken before the glacier left bank approach was used to climb La Bosse and on to the Forbes Arete. Aiguilles Dorees Beyond

Good Snow & Steady Climbing To Access La Bosse

And then the final easy approach to the notch at just over C. 3700m on the East Ridge of the Chardonnet, the Forbes Arete.

Quality Mixed Alpine Ridge Traverse

The Forbes Arete Took us 3 hours to access, 3 hours to traverse and 3 hours to descent. Not too fast but with lots of soft snow to negotiate today. Still pretty good conditions, Mid June 2015.

Looking Back East Along The Forbes Arete

Lots of gendarmes to negotiate, happily nearly all on very sound granite with good protection.

Exposed Foot Traverse 2/3ds Of The Way Along The Ridge

With the Eperon Migot Summit Snow Fields starting to get closer in the background - indicating the summit is getting a little closer too!

Steep Snowy Ridge Climbing, As Per Much Of The Forbes Arete

The Grande Fourche, Dorees, Orny and main Trient Glacier bowl beyond

The Hard Won Summit of the Aiguille du Chardonnet, 3842m

This fine summit gives great views down in to the Argentiere Basin & beyond to the Chamonix Valley. The descent of the West side of the mountain starts here with a fine initial exposed horizontal ridge traverse - before the steep snow slopes commence.

The Steep Snow Slopes On the Chardonnet Descent

Leading to the first abseil station. Good stiff snow conditions & a fast descent in mid June 2015

The Final Abseil Down The Aiguille du Chardonnet West Flank Descent

Good snowy conditions in mid June 2015. Aiguille Verte North Face Beyond...