Talèfre Basin Climbing
|GPS:||45.915, 6.984 Google Map · Climbing Area Map|
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|Shared By:||kenr on Jul 15, 2017|
|Admins:||Euan Cameron, Luc-514|
DescriptionGiant glacier on the northeast side of the lower Mer de Glace glacier and the Leschaux glacier.
Usual sleeping base is the Refuge du Couvercle huts (new and old) - (GPS latitude longitude approx N45.9103 E6.9651), SSE below the Aiguille du Moine peak.
Popular climbing peaks include ...
- Aiguille Verte (easily visible from all over the Chamonix valley and all around the western Alps) : by the Whymper Couloir - perhaps the longest sustained "normal route" of any 4000-meter peak in the European Alps - [see this route description on c2c CampToCamp].
- Aiguille du Moine: at least two not-so-difficult rock routes.
- Les Droites + Les Courtes: South faces.
crevasse hazard: While some of the climbing routes are on rock, the approaches all cross crevassed glaciers, so come with appropriate planning and navigation skill and experience, and bring appropriate equipment for prevention and rescue of crevasse falls which you have practiced using in some realistic situations.
Getting ThereNormally accessed by riding the train up from town of Chamonix to the Montenvers cog railway top station.
In ski season it could be accessed by riding the lifts up to the Aiguille du Midi top station and skiing some version of the "Vallee Blanche" ski tour down to the Mer de Glace glacier, down N of that, then turn E onto the (gentle) Leschaux glacier, then climb N (or NE then NW) up into Talefre basin and Refuge Couvercle huts (the old hut is normally open but unguarded in winter + spring; bring your own stove).
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