Col Du Passon (3028m)
The Approach to the Col du Passon Normally Involves Skiing the Glacier Grands Montets
This long, sustained glacial descent can be a tough warm up to the day, especially if snow conditions are 'sub-optimal' after windy conditions but it is a stunning descent into the Argentiere Basin with great views to the Col du Chardonnet & big north faces of Les Droites, Courtes and, closest, Verte.
A Scenic Skinning Tour with the Magnificent Argentiere Basin as a Backdrop
Les Courtes, Droites, Verte Beyond
The Argentiere Glacier Moraine Wall is an Early Steep Passage on the Climb
Good conditions here but skins have still been exchanged for crampons with skis on the pack
Higher up on the Skinning Ascent and the View of the Chamonix Valley & Aiguilles Rouges Opens Out
With the Grands Montets Ski Area across the Argentiere Glacier
Decent Snowy Conditions in the Final Couloir of the Col De Passon Ascent
Again, skins were exchanged for crampons on boots & skins on the pack. With good snow & a track like today the climb up the gully felt quick and easy. This can be more mixed, rockier a bit steeper & trickier.