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Cosmiques Arete (AD / II 4a) South West Ridge Aiguille du Midi

Cosmiques Arete Crux 30/7/2010

Chamonix based British Mountain Guide Jon Bracey belays Julian on the smooth and slightly chipped crux wall near the top of the Cosmiques Arete

Fine snowy conditions on the Cosmiques Arete, Chamonix

Dome du Gouter (4304m) beyond

John on the summit of the Cosmiques Arete, Chamonix

Mont Blanc behind right and Mont Blanc du Tacul East Face behind left.

Fine frosty conditions near the top of the Cosmiques Arete, Chamonix


Superb spring mountaineering conditions on the Cosmiques Arete

Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix

A Sunglasses Day on the Crux of Cosmiques Arete

Classic Alpine Mountaineering in Chamonix

Rocio In the Abseil Chimney of the Cosmiques Arete, Chamonix

This abseil is one of the key passages on this classic Chamonix Alpine route and can be done with a doubled 50m rope

Full on Winter Conditions on the Cosmiques Arete, Chamonix

On the last day of May in the very wintery 'spring' 2013. This photo is taken near the top of the final groove close to the Midi station.

Descending the Cosmiques Arete from the Aiguille du Midi Station, Chamonix

Very snowy conditions on the last day of May 2013.

Traversing the South Side of the Arete in the Middle Section

With the Italian border & hills of Entreves, Toule, Flambeau & Marbrees beyond.

The Famous Top Out on the Cosmiques Arete!

As of July 2014 on to a posh new wooden terrace - be sure to take your crampons off!!

The Famous Crux Wall of the Cosmiques Arete

Coming near the top of the route this famous short section provides several enjoyable technical moves on steep granite with good protection available.

Good Snowy Early Summer Conditions on the Cosmiques Arete

An enjoyable fast ascent in snowy conditions in mid June 2015. We thought we were going fast, and then Killian Jornet passed us....That's Fast!

Rob Jarvis Guiding On The Lower Section Of The Cosmiques Arete

With the start of the route, by the Abri Simond Hut, below and the remarkable crevassed glaciers of 'The Junction' beyond. Photo: Jonny Baird.

Rob Jarvis Topping Out On From The Aiguille Du Midi NW Face

From the exit chimneys on the Cosmiques Arete! Photo: Thanks to Jonny Baird.

Very High Volume Snow Conditions High On The Cosmiques Arete - June 2016

Good wintery conditions and a very different experience to climbing in the heat wave of summer 2015

Stunning High Alpine Conditions After A Mid Summer Storm July 2016

Snowy conditions with both high snow volume and recent fresh snow giving a superb alpine ambiance on the Arete des Cosmiques, Chamonix. Photo thanks to Gav Pike.

Mt Blanc Massif Panorama From The Top Of The Cosmiques Arete

Mountains along the Italian French alpine frontier on the left, Aiguilles Marbrees, Grande Flambeau, Aiguilles de Toule, Entreves, Tour Ronde, Grand Capucin, East Face of Mt Blanc du Tacul, then Mont Maudit & Mont Blanc in the centre distance. Then the right hand ridge of Mt Blanc leads down to the Dome du Gouter & Arve Valley thousands of meters below. Chamonix Valley and Les Houches lower right.

Superb Sunny Conditions On The Final Chimney Of The Cosmiques Arete

Enjoyable alpine mountaineering conditions for the very dry start to the 16/17 winter.