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Argentière Basin Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 8,643'
Location: 45.94786, 6.99315 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Aaron Liebling on Jul 3, 2017
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Most of the rock climbing in the Argentière basin is on beautiful granite on the east side of the glacier. It can be reached most easily by taking the lift to the top of Grand Montets and then skiing (in the spring) or hiking (summer) across the glacier.

The Refuge d'Argentière sits below the Auguille du Refuge and offers easy overnight stays. Alternately, access in the spring via ski allows single day hits with time to make it back down to the valley floor.

There is a great guidebook by JMEditions: Mont Blanc Granite - volume 1 Argentière Basin.

For ice/mixed/snow climbs, see:

Getting There 

Take the cable car to the top of Grand Montets an then cross the Glacier des Rognons. In summer it is usually crossed more or less directly across from the cable car. In spring, via ski, it is more common to stay high on the west side and traverse below the Aiguille Verte before cutting across the glacier. Either way, you are crossing a glacier and appropriate safety procedures are needed.

Climbing Season

For the Chamonix Mont Blanc area.

Weather station 10.8 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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

Featured Route For Argentière Basin
Rock Climbing Photo: the minaret is the central formation

Voie Mazars Rebuffat (Eperon Sud Est du Minaret) 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  Europe : France : ... : Aiguille d'Argentiere
This great route is on the Aiguille d'Argentière, which is in the Argentière glacier basin area (which here on MountainProject is under the Chamonix area).Magnificent line put up by Rebuffat in the mid 60s on Le Minaret, everything slogging offwidth chimney to an airy roof and everything in between. Impeccable sculpted granite eats up gear wherever you feel like placing it.The rappel line can be done off of either Versant Satanique or Metal Rasta, the two adjacent routes,...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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By kenr
Jul 14, 2017
snow, ice, mixed . . .
Some of the routes of these kinds are linked from this MP area page.

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