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Argentière Basin Rock Climbing 

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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

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: Looking down the 4th pitch

Un éclat de rire 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  Europe : France : ... : Aiguille du Génépi
About a third of the way from the left of the aiguille (which is the Arête Sud du Génépi) - the route starts on the right edge of the large slab. Look for a white, left-facing corner leading to a small roof...[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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