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Pointes Lachenal Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 11,853'
Location: 45.86465, 6.89617 View Map  Incorrect?
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Pointe Lachenal takes its name from Louis Lachenal, the great French guide. He was first to climb an 8000m peak. He died falling into a crevasse at the foot of this summit. Pointe Lachenal has several routes. The Contamine route was the first route opened on this face.

Getting There 

From Aiguille du Midi, descend the E ridge until the altitude of 3670m. From there, pass the bergschrund and cross the Col du Midi plateau to go between the Grand Rognon and Pointe Lachenal. Descend slightly on Géant glacier and then turn to the right to reach the foot of the SE spur where the Contamine route is located.

Climbing Season

Weather station 11.4 miles from here

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Classic Climbing Routes in Pointes Lachenal

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Pointes Lachenal:
Contamine   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 9 pitches, 1640'   
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Contamine 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  Europe : France : ... : Pointes Lachenal
Start on the right of a dihedral, via a small crack which leaves directly from the glacier (UK-5a /US-5.8). Climb a slab on the left (UK-4a /US-5.5) to reach a broad crack that you climb until a large ledge (UK-5a /US-5.8). Then climb a small dihedral (UK-5a /US-5.8) to reach a quartz ledge. On the right, a 40m crack in UK-5a /US-5.8 leads to the ridge. Halfway up this pitch, there is a variant via another crack on the left, then on the right, which leads to the same belay, (same difficulty). St...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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