Alpinism: Aiguilles Crochues – Ravanel route (Aiguilles Rouges)

We did another fun climb in Aiguilles Rouges: the Ravanel route in the South summit of Aiguilles Crochues.
15 pitches/400 meters easy and very scenic, relaxing after the crimps of Aiguille du Belvédère.

Morning lights on Aiguille Verte and Dru (© P. Gatta)
Morning lights on Aiguille Verte and Dru (© P. Gatta)

This route is graded D+/5c and has been opened by Guy Chapus and Sylvain Ravanel. It ends at the South summit of Aiguilles Crochues, from there we followed the Crochues Traverse back to the Col des Aiguilles Crochues and then to the Index chair lift.

Aiguilles Crochues: Ravanel route (© P. Gatta)
Aiguilles Crochues: Ravanel route (© P. Gatta)

On the photo above, the route starts on the extreme right in a green slab, GPS coordinates: 45°58,763N, 6°52,529E.

Ravanel route: pitch #2, 5b (© P. Gatta)
Ravanel route: pitch #2, 5b (© P. Gatta)

View from the route (© P. Gatta)
View from the route (© P. Gatta)

Ravanel route: pitch #3, 5c (© A. Gatta)
Ravanel route: pitch #3, 5c (© A. Gatta)

Ravanel route: pitch #4, 5c (© P. Gatta)
Ravanel route: pitch #4, 5c (© P. Gatta)

Ravanel route: pitch #7, 5c (© A. Gatta)
Ravanel route: pitch #7, 5c (© A. Gatta)

On the ridge, above the pitch #7 (© P. Gatta)
On the ridge, above the pitch #7 (© P. Gatta)

On the ridge (© P. Gatta)
On the ridge (© P. Gatta)

Aiguilles Crochues South summit, Mont Blanc in the background (© A. Gatta)
Aiguilles Crochues South summit, Mont Blanc in the background (© A. Gatta)

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