PLAN DE L'AIGUILLE


The Plan de l'Aiguille offers easy access to a wide variety of routes, from relatively low altitude, uncommitting rock climbs through to long, technical mixed lines on the imposing North Face of the Aiguille du Midi. One standout feature of the area is the scenery, with the legendary spires of the Chamonix Aiguilles towering above and the expanse of peaks across the Chablis and Aravis ranges stretching off into the distance.
The area dominates the view from much of Chamonix town centre and staring at these peaks, beer in hand, and plotting climbs on them is an integral part of most alpine trips. The routes are nothing short of legendary, be it the classic but slightly neglected Charmoz-Grépon Traverse, the perfect granite of the Blaitière and the Peigne or the imposing Frendo Spur up the 1200m high North Face of the Aiguille du Midi.

Routes

8 winter routes (AD+...TD+)
17 trad routes (AD...ED2)
1 trad route (TD)
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
Aiguille de l'M - North-northeast Ridge
A true classic which has become slightly neglected in recent years. Despite the slog of a walk-in,...
1
Trad
Morning sun
Uphill

120 mins

Aiguille de l'M - Northwest Face
A cold and austere face that sees little sun - save these routes for the for the hottest of spells....
2
Trad
Evening sun
Up and down

120 mins

Petits Charmoz
A low-altitude rocky traverse which makes for an ideal start to an alpine trip and gives you that...
1
Trad
Sun and shade
Up and down

105 mins

Grands Charmoz
Clearly visible from much of Chamonix. this stunning peak is home to two classic climbs.
2
Trad
Afternoon sun
Up and down

120 mins

Aiguille de Blaitière - Red Pillar
The Red Pillar has a stunning collection of routes and it's worth spending at least one day of any...
6
Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

60 mins

Slabs of the Peigne and Papillons Arête
A superb pair of rock climbs on perfect Chamonix granite - there isn't much to dislike here. Both...
3
Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

70 mins

Aiguille du Peigne
The Peigne Normal Route gives an amazing journey through some big scenery - this should be on the...
3
Trad
No sun
Uphill

60 mins

Col du Plan
Two classic winter challenges on this dark north-facing wall.
2
Winter
Sun and shade
Up and down

60 mins

Aiguille du Midi - North Face
The magnificent North Face of the Aiguille du Midi has a series of routes which all involved some...
6
Winter
Afternoon sun
Up and down

60 mins

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