AIGUILLE DU MIDI


The ridge is almost flat for the first 10m, then drops steeply down and left for 50m before curving back right and widening again. Where the ridge flattens and widens, all routes but the Midi-Plan Traverse (which continues along the ridge) are accessed by following the slope rightwards and swinging back west under the South Face of the Aiguille du Midi.
The most famous and popular area of the world's best alpine climbing range, these routes are a rite of passage for any alpinist. The Arête des Cosmiques, Rébuffat-Baquet, Midi-Plan Traverse; the names trip off the tongue like a who's who and what's what of alpinism. Even descending the famous snow arête from the Aiguille du Midi cable car is a challenge in itself, but it is just the beginning of the adventure that awaits in this mecca for mountaineers.

Routes

7 winter routes (PD...TD+)
8 trad routes (TD-...ED1)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
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Approach walk Other
Arête à Laurence
Arête à Laurence is ideal for a first alpine route, made even better by the fact that it finishes at
1
Winter
Lots of sun!
Up and down

40 mins

Arête des Cosmiques
Arête des Cosmiques is almost certainly the most popular climb in Chamonix and with good reason - ex
2
Winter
No sun
Up and down

20 mins

Éperon des Cosmiques
With ease of access and some wonderful golden granite, the Éperon des Cosmiques is understandably po
3
Trad
Sun from mid-morning
Up and down

20 mins

South Face
The South Face of the Midi is one of the most famous rock walls in Chamonix and an ascent of one of...
5
Trad
Lots of sun!
Up and down

20 mins

Northwest Face
The climbing on this face is excellent but it has a serious feel despite the ease of access and...
3
Winter
Sun and shade
Up and down

0 mins

Abseil
Midi-Plan Traverse
A wonderful and famous outing bthat is frequently underestimated. The difficulties can vary hugely...
1
Winter
No sun
Up and down

5 mins

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