German Assassin (II,4) 350m, Triangle du Tacul
Approximate Line of 'German Assassin', Mont Blanc du Tacul
This fine mixed buttress sits between the two classic ice routes of Cheré Couloir (R) and Contamine Mazaued (L). The line described gives five good mixed pitches followed by 3 rappels down the Chere Couloir (on 2 X 60m ropes)
British Guide Dave Hollinger Setting off on The Enjoyable First Pitch
The route is sustained at about Scottish grade IV mixed but has a few short sections up to Scottish technical 6.
Classic North Face Terrain (on an East Face!) on the Second Pitch
This easier pitch provides the link between the lower and upper icy grooves. The line of 'German Assassin' takes a gentle rightward rising traverse across the face up these grooves and cracks.
Dave Delicately Tackling the Crux of the 3rd Pitch
Having climbed this small overlap there is the option to head directly in to the obvious icy upper groove or trend right (as we did) to tackle some solid granite cracks splitting the buttress to the right.
Dave Topping Out on the 4th Pitch & Eyeing Up the Tricky Start to the 5th Pitch!
Dave is trying out the new Edlerid 'Rage' Ice Axes with the Edlerid bungy cords. Beyond the Aiguille Verte, Droites, Courtes is visible descending from left to right.