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Contamine

First ascent: A. Contamine, P. Labrunie, R. Wohlschlag, 1959
By: Roberto Rossi
Area: Graian Alps, Group: Mont Blanc, Peak: Pointe Lachenal, Country: France

Great cassic trad route, long, always interesting and well-protected. The face receives the sun and is fairly sheltered from the wind. Climbing is therefore possible from mid-spring onwards, and is best combined with a magnificent ski to Chamonix down the Vallée Blanche (or, for those coming from Italy, a tiring ascent back up to Col Flambeau).

ACCESS

Pointe Lachenal is located about half-way between Aiguille du Midi and Punta Helbronner.

DESCENT

Abseil down “Le Bon Filon” to the left; the penultimate abseil leads diagonally right to a small terrace (and the Contamine belay), from which a final abseil leads back to the start of the route.

GEAR

A set of of nuts and friends up to size 3. The route is equipped with numerous in-situ pegs and there are many variations on the lower, easier section of the route.

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COMMENTS for the route "Contamine"

28-07-2003, Paolo Mainotti
Bellissima: meglio della mitica Luna Nascente della val di Mello...e con cio' ho detto tutto.
29-08-2002, Davide Scaricabarozzi
Scalata subito in condizioni, solare e divertente.Utili nut e friend di ogni dimensione.Facile discesa in doppie.
19-07-2002, perotti daniele
le vie storiche sono sempre di grande soddisfazione!
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TD+, 6a+ max.

OBLIGATORY DIFFICULTY

5+ obbl.

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LENGTH

250m

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