Aiguille L'Index - July 2016
On our last full day in Cham in July 2016 Marcy and I decided on one last climb in hopes of beating another weather system that was supposed to role in on the evening. We chose the Aiguille de L'index .This one ison the Aiguille Rouge range which is across the Chamonix Valley from the Mont Blanc Massif The main appeal was that its 5 minute approach and is fully bolted. The tram was full of climbers so we feared long lines and chose the more challenging, but less classic, Perroux route. This route meandered a bit but had quality rock and some really fun climbing throughout - never terribly challenging until the final move. On the last couple moves the route merges with the popular arete route so we chose the technical finish. This route was such a great way to finish off our climbing in Europe as we had amazing views of the whole Mont Blanc range. Right as we got to the tram the rain started so it was even more satisfying to know how well we timed this route. In general this is more of a rambling route with fun and quality sections, but not a sustained route.
Heading down to the glacier
Approaching the route
Short but fun crack variation
Moving past the short crux bulge
Final moves to the Pyramide
Serac after a large chunk calved off