Alpinism: Aiguille du Belvédère – Mariage de la terre et du vent (Aiguilles Rouges)

Aiguille du Belvédère (2,965m) is a peak in the Aiguilles Rouges massif. The 300 meters of its Southeast face are steep, compact and home of half a dozen of difficult routes.

On the way to the Aiguille du Belvédère (© A. Gatta)
On the way to the Aiguille du Belvédère (© A. Gatta)

Mariage de la terre et du vent is a great route graded ED / 300m / 7a, fully bolted, opened by M. Piola, C. Hug and P. Strappazzon.
Approach: the simplest is to take the Index chair lift and then walk to Lac Blanc and straight to the face (1h45).

First pitch of Mariage de la terre et du vent (© P. Gatta)
First pitch of Mariage de la terre et du vent (© P. Gatta)

Start of the route: 45°59,282N, 6°52,545E.
The few first meters of the route are common with Baisers orageux, then traverse left. It’s an easy and straight forward 6a.

First pitch of Mariage de la terre et du vent (© P. Gatta)
First pitch of Mariage de la terre et du vent (© P. Gatta)

Pitch #2: fantastic mix of physical start, technical corner and slabs: tough 6c.

End of 2nd pitch of Mariage de la terre et du vent (© P. Gatta)
End of 2nd pitch of Mariage de la terre et du vent (© P. Gatta)

Pitch #3: superb overhang followed by a slab: 6c.
Pitch #4: junction on the big shelf.

5th pitch of Mariage de la terre et du vent (© A. Gatta)
5th pitch of Mariage de la terre et du vent (© A. Gatta)

Pitch #5: another amazing pitch on a technical wall: 6c.

5th pitch of Mariage de la terre et du vent (© P. Gatta)
5th pitch of Mariage de la terre et du vent (© P. Gatta)

Pitch #6: technical wall: 7a.

6th pitch of Mariage de la terre et du vent (© P. Gatta)
6th pitch of Mariage de la terre et du vent (© P. Gatta)

Pitch #7: the technical wall continues, the end of the pitch is harder with one difficult clip: 6c+.

8th pitch of Mariage de la terre et du vent (© P. Gatta)
7th pitch of Mariage de la terre et du vent (© P. Gatta)

Pitch #8: technical corner, hard to read with another difficult clip: 7a.

9th pitch of Mariage de la terre et du vent (© P. Gatta)
9th pitch of Mariage de la terre et du vent (© P. Gatta)

Pitch #9: steep wall, some loose holds: 6b+. Abseil down in the route.

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