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Arete Laurence (PD+), Cosmiques Hut

Pristine Snow Ridge Traverse on the Arete Laurence

This excellent short ridge leads to the Cosmiques Hut and gives a pleasant acclimatisation outing from the Aiguille du Midi.

The Fine Initial Snow Ridge of the Arete Laurence

With Mont Blanc du Tacul & the Arve Valley Beyond

Scenic Break Stop on the Arete Laurence

With the Grandes Jorasses North Face & Dent du Geant Beyond

An Icy Chimney Can Provide 2 Direct Short Pitches to the Arete Laurence

Good Training for Easier Chamonix Mixed Climbs

Gordon Tackles the Enjoyable & Well Protected Crux Wall

This section is a little delicate in whichever direction it is taken but has lots of good rock gear. Today we climbed from the hut towards Mont Blanc which means the wall is taken in ascent. Enjoyable mixed mountaineering and whilst it is much harder than anything else on the route it is short & well protected.

Enjoyable Snowy Early Summer Conditions On The Initial Section Of The Arete

With Mont Blanc du Tacul Voie Normal Beyond. Good conditions in June 2015

Dry Conditions On The Fine Crux Cracked Slab Wall

Good protection make this an interesting section of climbing that can be enjoyed whilst appreciating the training benefits of managing it safely. In ascent or descent! Dry & sunny rock here with banked up snow below. About the best / easiest possible conditions for this very short section that gives the grade the + on PD+!

The Fine Granite Crux Wall Of Arete Laurence, Cosmiques Hut, Chamonix

This impressive but very short wall is generally climbed in descent on the traverse leading from the Mt Blanc side of the ridge in to the Cosmiques Hut. The traverse can be protected from above and with gear in the cracks en route. Snowy conditions on the Triangle du Tacul in the background.

Much Snowier Conditions On The Same Crux Wall In October 2015

This provided a great short half day outing this morning before the storms arrived at lunchtime, by which time we were back at the station.

Slabby Granite Traverse On The Arete Laurence

Mont Blanc du Tacul East Face (normal route) & Triangle du Tacul in the background, looking snowy!

The Cosmiques Hut Was Closed Today So We Climbed Around On The North Side

Care is required clambering over the metal grates and through the various pipe work structures around the hut! There was no café stop at the hut today which was probably not a bad thing as the weather was gradually closing in and there always still remains the not inconsiderable re-ascent from the Col du Midi to the station!