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Argentière Basin  Rock Climbing 

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(Despite the above title, this area is for listing ice, mixed and snow routes only, rock routes should be added elsewhere)

The Argentière basin is the gateway to the famous north faces of Les Droites, Aiguille Verte and Les Courtes. At the end of the glacier lies Mont Dolent and the Aiguille du Triolet. This is truly a test ground for steep long north faces but also shorter technical ice climbs and mixed routes on the north face of the arete des Grands Montets and the Triolet amphitheater.

This basin has plenty to offer in both quality and quantity with over 160 ice, snow and mixed lines. The classic lines include the North Face of Les Courtes and the Couturier Couloir on Aiguille Verte, while the lines on the North Face of Les Droites add another level of difficulty and are the benchmark for modern day alpine ice climbing in the range.

A word of caution, the long North Faces require conditioning and good route finding to get up and down. Some times the way down is as challenging or more so than going up. Be prepared to hunker down or rappel your line (v-threads) if conditions or time warrant you to back off.

Getting There 

Accessible by the Grands Montets telepherique when in operation, located at the entrance of the town of Argentière, or by hiking up (up to five hours to reach the refuge by foot...not pleasant). The telepherique is in operation during the ski season from December to the end of May and again in July and August.

Climbing Season

For the Mont Blanc Range area.

Weather station 10.8 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

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

Featured Route For Argentière Basin
Rock Climbing Photo: The upper section on the route with the Breche exi...

The Ginat - North Face of Les Droites AI5  Europe : France : ... : Argentière Basin
The Ginat is one of the more popular routes on the North Face of les Droites due its continuous nature and combination of pure steep snow and ice climbing. It is named in honor of Jean Ginat who died on the descent to the Talefre glacier side during the first ascent.The most frequent start to the route is by crossing the bergschrund at a curved snow/ice gully-couloir trending at first right and then back left on the far right side of the steep initial face/slab, 60 to 85-degrees (aka Messner Cou...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

Photos of Argentière Basin Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: approaching the hut
approaching the hut
Rock Climbing Photo: Courtes, Droites and Aiguille Verte
Courtes, Droites and Aiguille Verte
Rock Climbing Photo: view of Les Droites and Aiguille Verte
view of Les Droites and Aiguille Verte
Rock Climbing Photo: Terminus of the Argentiere glacier from the approa...
Terminus of the Argentiere glacier from the approa...
Rock Climbing Photo: hiking out on the glacier, July 2015
hiking out on the glacier, July 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: Mont Dolent
Mont Dolent

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