Alpinism: Pointes Lachenal – Contamine

There are some really nice routes in the Pointes Lachenal (3,613m). After Harold et Maud, L’Or√©e du Bois, Pascal and I climbed the Contamine yesterday (the driest on the face), another great climb.

Pointes Lachenal - Contamine route (© P. Gatta)
Pointes Lachenal РContamine route (© P. Gatta)

We took the first cable car from Aiguille du Midi and skied down to the bottom of Pointes Lachenal in 10 minutes, nice and easy approach!

Contamine 1st pitch (© P. Gatta)
Contamine 1st pitch (© P. Gatta)

The route starts in the left crack on the photo above.

The 1st pitch (© P. Gatta)
The 1st pitch (© P. Gatta)

The route is 250m high and graded TD, 6b. There are 2 bolts at each anchor and 2 others along the route: roof of the 3rd pitch and start of the first 6b.
The cracks are easy to protect.

View over Jorasses, Dent du Geant and Vallée Blanche (© P. Gatta)
View over Jorasses, Dent du Geant and Vallée Blanche (© P. Gatta)

Grades: 5b, 5b, 5b, 4c, 6b, 6b, 4b, 4b, 4b.

Pascal in the beautiful 1st 6b pitch (© P. Gatta)
Pascal in the beautiful 1st 6b pitch (© P. Gatta)

We climbed the route in 3hr, abseiled down (jammed the rope once) and skied back to Aiguille du Midi in 1hr.

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