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Grand Pilier / Peutery Ridge, Mont Blanc

Ceccinel Nomine / Boivin Vallencant, Grand Pilier d'Angle, Mont Blanc

Note the approach hugs the rock buttress to minimise exposure to serac fall

Dave Hollinger on the crux of the Ceccinel Nomine, Grand Pilier d'Angle, Mont Blanc

5c rock or (for most!) A1 aid on (currently) in-situ pegs

Chris high on the Boivin Vallencant variation, Grand Pilier d'Angle, Mont Blanc

Matterhorn and Monte Rosa in the background

Dave on the fine initial ramp section of the Ceccinel Nomine

Col Moore is visibe at the top of the picture and the approach from the Fourche hut crosses the Col descends a pitch on easy snow before taking a left to right descending line between the mixed ground and the base of the Moore buttress on easy angled but very loose terrain. The Glacier was then crossed just above the huge crevasse visible in the picture.

The superb icy groove above the crux wall on the Ceccinel Nomine

Due to the North Easterly aspect the sun hits the face of the Grand Pilier d'Angle early in the morning.

The link pitches between Ceccinel Nomine & Boivin Vallencant

Visible on the topo photo in the first picture as a short horizontal traverse and taken before the more obvious right trending icy mixed ramps.

The superb upper Gully of the Boivin Vallencant, Grand Pilier d'Angle, Mont Blanc

Rob Jarvis and U.S. Guide, Adam George, leading

Rob traversing the Peutery Ridge from the summit of the Grand Pilier d'Angle, Mont Blanc

Monte Rosa massif visible behind

Photo: Dave Hollinger

Rob Jarvis on the Peutery Ridge, Mont Blanc

Photo: Dave Hollinger

Rob high on the Peutery Ridge, Mont Blanc

Photo: Dave Hollinger

Rob approaching the cornice on the Peutery Ridge, Mont Blanc

Photo: Dave Hollinger

Rob Jarvis & Dave Hollinger on the summit of Mont Blanc after an ascent of the Grand Pilier d'Angle

Photo: Dave Hollinger

Evening Alpenglow over the Aravis, descending the North side of Mont Blanc