Pictures and topos from Grandes Jorasses, Courtes, Droites..


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Wee Jock

Sep 20, 2009 - 07:07am PT
Hey Rick ... you said you could store your food right in the tents - no bears or other varmints around - little did you know: there were those most voracious of hungry varmints around who would creep into your tents the minute you left them -> raggedy Scotsmen!!

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Sep 20, 2009 - 10:31am PT
Do NOT even think about going to Chamoniz in August. Everybody in Europe is on vacation.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 20, 2009 - 12:00pm PT
Magnificent panoramas! Thanks for the beauty.

Anybody ever meet Snell or was he present in name only?
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Sep 20, 2009 - 01:10pm PT

Mountain climber
Monrovia, CA
Sep 21, 2009 - 01:00am PT
What a good thread; Mssr Michelat's aerials are fantastique!
I'd not seen the true extent of the Bonatti Pillar devastation so well displayed. After the collapse of the Caroline Face on Mt Cook that must be the biggest rockfall in the 'modern' era, n'est-ce pas?
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 28, 2009 - 11:26pm PT
Beauty Bump!

Trad climber
Hagerman, ID
Oct 29, 2009 - 12:00am PT
Bump for Froggie-Alps adventure/art/n/culture stories.
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Oct 29, 2009 - 12:39am PT
Formidab' et merci!

A Quebec, on dit "Mont Mau-dzit"! You 'ave to say it, 'ow you say? Like, mau-dzit tabernac', non? Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha!!!


Mountain climber
Aoraki/Mt. Cook Village, New Zealand
Oct 29, 2009 - 01:35am PT
Late July through August is crazy-horse busy - but there is still plenty for everyone. Indeed there is also the Tatra and Julians to consider.

Winter is cold, though there's plenty of fun still to be had below 4K.

Chamonix campgrounds are packed through most of summer-spring and thieves are always busy in the valley. Gear can be stored at the train station; alternately be sincere and friendly when booking a night or two in a hostel and they may well let you come and go as you please to collect gear.

As long as you are up before the morning checks('bout 06:00 in summer) you can bivvy near anywhere quiet in town without much concern. Note that the environmental impact of loads of people bivvying in the forests is not cool.

I've been enjoying Chamonix for years bivvying and eating like a king on 50 euros a week. Make friends with locals and some may even let you sleep under their cars in mildly-heavy weather. When it's really wet and or snowing, I oft just zzzzz in the emergency waiting room at the hospital.

It's a brilliant place, the locals wonderful once they've warmed to you - the worthy mountain mecca.

Social climber
Jan 19, 2011 - 04:17am PT
bump for Chamonix!

Jan 23, 2011 - 06:38am PT
How about a ST guide to Chamonix? The British Alpine Club guide hasn't been updated since 1990.

Jan 23, 2011 - 08:23am PT
Jeez, the pics in the OP link are magnificent.
Johnny K.

Mountain climber
Jan 23, 2011 - 11:52am PT
Ueli steck Grandes Jorasses  <br/>
Ueli steck Grandes Jorasses

Credit: Jonathan Griffith


Ginat on Droites
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 23, 2011 - 01:37pm PT
Fabulous link! Thanks for sharing the beauty!

For a little background history try...

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Jan 23, 2011 - 09:30pm PT
Didn't see links in the thread for the topos so thought I'd post some. Got these from over at when I was doing research for the Walker. Great site, although sometimes glacially slow. Not all routes there have topos, but the ones for the Walker are superb:



direct link to the beta page:
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 29, 2011 - 05:09pm PT
Alpine Bump!

Trad climber
Jan 29, 2011 - 07:09pm PT
I did the Walker Spur with John Bouchard in 1975. Funny, but I don't remember even taking a route description. The line was pretty obvious once you got started.
Voytek Kurtyka and partner were hot on our heels on the final summit pitches
since a bad storm was closing in. The lightning was pretty bad, hitting both Kurtyka and Bouchard. I will always remember that climb.
John, had burn holes thru his mittens and out his socks, as the lightning went thru him. He was pretty lucky!

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Feb 27, 2011 - 04:08pm PT
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 31, 2013 - 12:09pm PT
Beauty Bump...
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