The Aiguille Verte is an iconic mountain of the Mont Blanc Massif and it is always a pleasure to climb it. The Couloir Couturier is a classic and this year it has been in good conditions for a while, so Morgan and I decided to climb it up and down as training.
The last serac below the top of Aiguille Verte (Â© P. Gatta)
In winter the approach with skis is quick, around 30 minutes from the Grands Montets: ski down around 150m on Rognon Glacier and traverse below the Petite Verte and Cordier Couloir, paying attention to the big seracs above.
Approach from Grands Montets at skis (Â© P. Gatta)
Go slightly up to reach the bergschrund. This year we passed it on the right side.
Passing the bergschrund of Couturier (Â© M. Baduel)
Climb the Couturier Couloir, 850m at 52Â° average over and 55Â° maximum. There was some black ice sections in the first third.
Aiguille Verte: Couloir Couturier (Â© M. Baduel)
At the end of the Couloir, go to the right side and the climb the summit ice cap to the top (some crevasses and seracs).
The final climb of Couturier Couloir (Â© M. Baduel)
We climbed down the Couturier Couloir, another option is to climb down the Whymper Couloir in the South face.
Mont Blanc Massif from the top of Aiguille Verte (Â© P. Gatta)