Alpinism: Aiguilles de Van – Acqua concert (Aiguilles Rouges)

Looking for a short climb between two thunderstorms, we headed to the Aiguilles de Van (Perrons) and climbed Acqua concert. The route is not the best we have done but it is straightforward, easy to find and it’s worth the climb for the stunning views over Mont Blanc on one side and Emosson, Buet, Ruan on the other.

Dramatic sky on the top of Aiguilles de Van (© P. Gatta)
Dramatic sky on the top of Aiguilles de Van (© P. Gatta)

This route is graded TD-+/6a/400m and has been opened by Michel Piola and Florian Schemel.

Start of Acqua concert (© P. Gatta)
Start of Acqua concert (© P. Gatta)

Park at La Gueulaz and reach the base of Aiguilles de Van, here is the GPS Route.

Acqua concert: pitch #3 (© P. Gatta)
Acqua concert: pitch #3 (© P. Gatta)

11 Pitchs: 5, 6a, 6a, 5b+, 2, 5c, 5b, 5b, 5c, 5b, 3c, 2.

Upper wall of Acqua concert (© P. Gatta)
Upper wall of Acqua concert (© P. Gatta)

Acqua concert: pitch #6 (© A. Gatta)
Acqua concert: pitch #6 (© A. Gatta)

Acqua concert: pitch #7 (© P. Gatta)
Acqua concert: pitch #7 (© P. Gatta)

Acqua concert (© P. Gatta)
Acqua concert (© P. Gatta)

Acqua concert (© A. Gatta)
Acqua concert (© A. Gatta)

Acqua concert (© P. Gatta)
Acqua concert (© P. Gatta)

Descent: climb down to the col between the North and South summits of Van and follow a path down to the base.

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