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Le Marchand de Sable 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

   
Type:  Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches, 1000'
Original:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
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Submitted By: BradLipovsky on Sep 10, 2015

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Description 

An Envers classic.

Location 

Take the ladders to exit from the hut terrace. Climb up and right through a notch, then descend to the Trélaporte glacier. Traverse the glacier by staying. There are crevasses, so watch out.

Start at the lowest part of the face and hope that there's no 'schrund.
Star the route between two big corners (to the right) and a series of small roofs (to the left).

Protection 

Double set of cams, lots of quick draws, and glacier gear.


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By kenr
6 days ago

The modern guidebook rating is French/Euro 6a+
which is "normally" equivalent to YDS 5.10b

But don't be surprised if you feel that you've run into a 5.10c/d slab sequence on the high "knobs" pitch.
. . (The guidebook author(s) spent days and days out on the slabs, so their perceptions of difficulty might be different from those of us with less-developed perceptual capability).

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