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Aiguille du Peigne (3192m), Voie Normale

The 'Quartz Ledges' on the Aiguille du Peigne 'Voie Normale'

This point is gained via sustained scrambling either up the 'Couloir des Papillons', from the top of 'Les Lépidoptéres' or the Papillons Arete. The Chamonix Aiguilles, Grepon, Charmoz & Bec d'Oiseau beyond.

Quality Chamonix Mountaineering on the Aiguille du Peigne, Voie Normale

This section of scrambling links the lower approach couloir with the excellent easy rock climbing of the upper section.

The Golden Granite Upper Walls of the Aiguille du Peigne

Several pitches of rock climbing (up to 4b) finish off this brilliant Chamonix mountaineering summit

Superb Views Across the Chamonix Aiguilles From High on The Peigne

North Faces of the Col du Plan, Aiguille du Midi & Dome du Gouter

The Final Rock Pitch Before the Peigne Summit Ridge is Reached

Alpine rock climbing on excellent granite and in a superb position

The First of Several Abseils on the Aiguille du Peigne Descent

Initially the descent route takes a different line to the ascent and several abseils give rapid access back to the quartz ledges and the sustained scrambling descent. Very good training for the Matterhorn and other big alpine objectives.

En Route on the Voie Normale of the Peigne

With the Chamonix Valley heading west way down below

A Steep Granite Groove Provides Access to the Upper Peigne Ridge

Fine steep moves on sunny granite - with big holds & good protection.

Superb Rocky Summer Alpine Atmosphere in the Chamonix Aiguilles

On the final 'Comb' ridge section of the Peigne. Near the summit but there still remains one short steep wall to rappel to get there.

The Fine 'Butterfly Ridge' Section On The Peigne

This upper section of the excellent 'Arete des Papillons' rock climb gives an excellent exposed ridge climb linking the lower Papillons couloir with the lower ramps section of the Peigne ascent. A great position!

Brilliant Exposed Ridge Traverse On The Papillons Section Of The Aiguille de Peigne

The crags fall away dramatically on both sides. Down to the North facing glacier below the Frendo Spur / Midi N. Face to the climbers right and down to the famous hard granite slabs of the Peigne to the climbers left.