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Elevation: 6,000'
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Description 

This south facing crag is in the Réserve Naturelle des Aiguilles Rouges. It can be climbed from May through November, although snow remains at the foot of the climbs through most of May.

The rock is great gneiss with mostly slab but also some face and crack climbing. Climbs are up to 5 pitches and most climbs are well bolted; however a few climbs might require a very light rack: perhaps a set of nuts and few small to medium sized cams.

Make sure to climb up the one-pitch Aiguillette d'Argentière to follow in the footsteps of the legendary Gaston Rébuffat and pose for a photo.

These southeast facing slabs are across the valley from the Mont Blanc massif with great views of the Aiguille Verte and the Chamonix Aiguilles.

The area is quite popular on warm, summer weekends, but the walk is far enough to avoid the crowds of the Gaillands and Vallorcine.

The area is in several topos including Von Kanel's Plaisir West and Dulac and Perroux's Les Aiguilles Rouges.

Getting There 

It is possible to follow a trail from Argentière if you don't have a car. Alternatively you can park at Tré-le-Champs (just before the Col des Montets). Both hikes take about one hour, but the second approach is a bit easier.

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Pitch one. Climber (me) in the left start with another climber at the top of the right start.

Voie Bleu (Blue Route) 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Europe : France : ... : Les Chèserys
This 5-pitch climb alternates between slab and face/crack climbing. The only down side of the entire climb is the rather uninteresting 3rd pitch. Overall the climbing is great.As with most of the climbs here, just follow the bolts. It starts out with a nice slab, and there are two variations. (5.7)The second pitch is excellent. Climb the steep face just right of a crack. If you brought a rack (up to 2" cams) you can skip the bolts and climb the crack (or do a combination of both) (5.7+).The 3rd ...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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View from the base of the "aiguillette." The Aiguille Verte and the Drus are in the background.
View from the base of the "aiguillette."...

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