Aiguille du Midi: Rebuffat – Baquet

Many years ago, I climbed the Rébuffat – Baquet route in the South face of Aiguille du Midi in Mont Blanc Massif. Beautiful route but we « got lost » above the 6th pitch and finished by another route…

Climbers on the Aiguille du Midi ridge (© P. Gatta)
Climbers on the Aiguille du Midi ridge (© P. Gatta)

Yesterday I went back with Anna. Once again we enjoyed the amazing first 6th pitches but got lost again and climbed something that is not the Rébuffat and not what I climbed the first time either.

Anna in the first pitch of Rebuffat - Baquet, Aiguille du Midi (© P. Gatta)
Anna in the first pitch of Rebuffat – Baquet, Aiguille du Midi (© P. Gatta)

That’s great though because I can climb the same route over and over but it is always different and I am always on sight.

Anna in Rebuffat - Baquet, Aiguille du Midi (© P. Gatta)
Anna in Rebuffat – Baquet, Aiguille du Midi (© P. Gatta)

Philippe in 3rd picth of Rebuffat - Baquet, Aiguille du Midi (© A. Gatta)
Philippe in 3rd picth of Rebuffat – Baquet, Aiguille du Midi (© A. Gatta)

The Rébuffat – Baquet is 200m high, graded TD 6a. We took the 6b exit which ends on the top of Aiguille du Midi South East Pilastre.

Anna in the S crack of Rebuffat - Baquet, Aiguille du Midi (© P. Gatta)
Anna in the S crack of Rebuffat – Baquet, Aiguille du Midi (© P. Gatta)

Philippe in 7th picth of Rebuffat - Baquet, Aiguille du Midi (© A. Gatta)
Philippe in 7th picth of Rebuffat – Baquet, Aiguille du Midi (© A. Gatta)

Anna on the top of South East Pilastre of Aiguille du Midi (© P. Gatta)
Anna on the top of South East Pilastre of Aiguille du Midi (© P. Gatta)

Thunderstorm coming on Mont Blanc du Tacul, Mont Maudit and Mont Blanc (© P. Gatta)
Thunderstorm coming on Mont Blanc du Tacul, Mont Maudit and Mont Blanc (© P. Gatta)

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