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Chamonix Via Corda Alpina, 600m, F3c

The Chamonix Via Corda From The Aiguilles Rouges

Les Drus on the left, Mer de Glace and Grandes Jorasses North Face centre and Grande Charmoz right.

The Pleasant Opening Slabs of the Chamonix Via Corda

One of the pleasures of this route is that it is an alpine length, yet, starting from the valley floor, has a very green and leafy feel providing a welcome contrast to the stark glacial and granite environment higher up the mountain.

The Dome du Gouter Provides a Striking Background to the Chamonix Via Corda

The route consists mainly of good scrambling with regular bolted protection points. Guide book time is 3 hours 30 minutes but a fit team moving as a slick alpine pair could complete the route in half this time.

The 'Crux' Slabby Section Just After the Halfway Traverse

There is a delightful picnic spot at the top of this slabby section overlooking the Mer de Glace Gorge

The Final Section of the Chamonix Via Corda Gives a Great View up the Mer De Glace

The Mottets Buvette provides a welcome refreshment point at the top of the route, if it is open! A descent can be made from here or a continuation walk to Montenvers, more rock climbing and a train back to Chamonix.

Enjoyable Fast Ascent of the Via Corda Alpine

Rock boots were worn for this ascent as the rock was wet in places & there are some slightly delicate slab moves with bolts not always close to hand!

Early Summer Wet & Green Atmosphere On The Via Corda Crux Slabs

Damp conditions and run outs between bolts actually give some quite tricky climbing on this section of the Via Corda. Worth taking some trad gear for extra protection....and rock boots!

Impressive Early June Views Of A Snowy North Face Of Les Drus

This superb open view can be enjoyed from the fine slabby open picnic spot above the crux slabs. From here the route takes on a slightly easier character wth longer foot path sections and various short walls. It's still quite a long way to the buvette though!