La Pépite, (M4, 300m) Les Grands Montets
The Opening Pitch With The Ambiance of the Argentiere Basin
Lean conditions in mid March 2015, some good snow & ice but some loose rock also.
Steady Mountaineering Ground With The Occasional More Technical Section
This open natural groove line runs above the 1st belay and continues in to a sporting technical chimney section. This may be the Chimney system left of Pepite although it gives good climbing with a peg at the start of the more sustained climbing and lots of natural gear during the harder climbing section.
Fine Scenic Belay Stance Above the Chimney Section
With the Aiguille de Chardonnet across the Argenitiere Glacier
This Route Tops Out On the NE Ridge of the Petite Verte
Before the main difficulties so the descent consisted of some careful but straightforward down climbing & crossing a small crevasse. A very quick & easy descent today!