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Label Virginie 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

   
Type:  Sport, Alpine, 7 pitches, 800', Grade II
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Brucker/Cellier/Meot - July 2007
Season: Summer/Fall
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Submitted By: Seleucus on Jul 17, 2013

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Jen Hense taking care of the 5.9 stuff.

Description 

Though new, this route provides excellent and moderate climbing to reach a beautiful and sharp peak in the Aiguilles Rouges.

Pitch 1 (5.4): This short pitch can be bypassed.

Pitch 2 (5.8): A beautiful chimney leads to face moves before topping out on a grassy section where the belay is located.

Pitch 3 (5.7): More of a linking pitch, do one move of 5.7 up a vertical wall before reaching a belay at the top.

Pitch 4 (5.8): Enjoyable 5.8 climbing leads to a grassy terrace with the belay.

Pitch 5 (walking): Walk together for around 60 meters to the right side of the face at the top of the grassy terrace.

Pitch 6 (5.9): Do easy (5.7) moves before coming to a vertical wall. Pull through a small overhang (5.9) and come to a nice belay a few meters after.

Pitch 7 (5.2): Easy climbing leads to the top of the subsidiary gendarme. From the top, rappel ~20 m to the col between the gendarme and the main peak (the Clocher de Planpraz).

Pitch 8 (5.7): Climb the arete to the summit of the Clocher.

Location 

See description for Clocher de Planpraz for getting to the route.

Protection 

Very well bolted, a set of 7 quickdraws will suffice. After the abseil at the end of pitch 7, you may wish to have a set of nuts as I only remember one bolt at this relay station.


Photos of Label Virginie Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Sitting around before the rap with Jon Bracey.
Sitting around before the rap with Jon Bracey.
Rock Climbing Photo: This is where you are headed.
BETA PHOTO: This is where you are headed.
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing to the top of the subsidiary gendarme (pi...
Climbing to the top of the subsidiary gendarme (pi...
Rock Climbing Photo: Topo for the route Label Virginie on the Clocher d...
BETA PHOTO: Topo for the route Label Virginie on the Clocher d...

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