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Aiguille de Midi  

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Elevation: 12,600'
Location: 45.8788, 6.888 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Seleucus on Jun 19, 2012

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The Aiguille de Midi is an imposing peak towering over the Chamonix valley, it's fame (and accessibility) has been greatly augmented by the construction of the Aiguille de Midi telepherique which transports hundreds of climbers, skiers, hikers, and tourists every day to the top of this mountain. This makes the mountain infinitely more accessible and makes it possible to do many climbs and routes on Mont Blanc de Tacul, Aiguille de Midi, and other nearby peaks in only one day. Furthermore, the construction of the Cosmiques Refuge has allowed people to stay for multiple days at high altitude without having to carry extensive gear.

The accessibility of this region has made it much more popular than similarly high altitude regions in the alps. For some this is a boon as the routes are likely to be better equipped than other routes high in the alps. Also, there are likely to be many parties attempting the same routes and sometimes it is necessary to start unreasonably early if you want to be the first one on a climb.

Getting There 

The main way most people reach Aiguille de Midi is via the Aiguille de Midi telepherique.

It's simple enough, drive (or take a train) to Chamonix. Park. Walk to the lift. Hand over ~45 eur. Ride to the top.

It is also possible to climb up to the summit from the North face via one of the snow, ice, and rock couloirs but this is an extremely serious undertaking even though the technical difficulty may not be so high. A high level of skill, speed, and experience are necessary to do these routes safely and successfully.

Climbing Season

Weather station 12.4 miles from here

3 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Aiguille de Midi:
Cosmiques Arête   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b AI2 M4 Mod. Snow     Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1000'   
Rebuffat (Southeast Face)   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches   
Voie Rébuffat-Baquet   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 11 pitches, 700'   
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On the first rappel

Cosmiques Arête 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b AI2 M4 Mod. Snow  Europe : France : ... : Aiguille de Midi
The Classic Climb. AD, Grade II, mostly snow and moderate alpine climbing, with a few sections of strenuous mixed climbing (in winter) or easy rock.The start up from the Cosmiques laboratory is quite easy, no need to rope up. The beginning of the arete apparently is a slab in summer, but an easy snow slope in winter. From the second peak, two short rappels take you down to the base of the third peak. Easiest route is around to the right, also possible to go straight up it (but need to abseil aga...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Riding the cable car from the Plan de l'Aiguille(m...
Riding the cable car from the Plan de l'Aiguille(m...
Looking toward the exquisite rock of the south fac...
Looking toward the exquisite rock of the south fac...
descent from the Midi  (a little scarier than it a...
descent from the Midi (a little scarier than it a...

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