Alpinism: Aiguille du Midi – La Dame du Lac (Mont Blanc Massif)

Yesterday Morgan and I climbed La Dame du Lac at Aiguille du Midi (Mont Blanc Massif), a nice route overall with a very nice first half, especially the second pitch. As often in the Aiguille du Midi, the second half is a bit confusing and we mistakenly climbed some pitches of Quand Yannick s’en mêle.

Aiguille du Midi – La Dame du Lac (© M. Baduel)
Aiguille du Midi – La Dame du Lac (© M. Baduel)

La Dame du Lac has been opened by Gaétano et Romain Vogler, June 1982 and is graded (ED-, 6b+, 200m).

Aiguille du Midi – La Dame du Lac (© P. Gatta)
Aiguille du Midi – La Dame du Lac (© P. Gatta)

The first pitch is an easy crack (5).

2nd pitch of La Dame du Lac (© M. Baduel)
2nd pitch of La Dame du Lac (© P. Gatta)

The 2nd pitch is the nicest one of the route (6b+).

2nd pitch of La Dame du Lac (© P. Gatta)
2nd pitch of La Dame du Lacc (© P. Gatta)

The 3rd pitch is weird 6b and was wet.

End of 3rd pitch of La Dame du Lac (© P. Gatta)
End of 3rd pitch of La Dame du Lac (© P. Gatta)

The 4th pitch is a short 6a. The 5th pitch a nice crack (6b) where is got lost and climbed Quand Yannick s’en mêle 6c instead.

5th of La Dame du Lac / Quand Yannick s’en mêle (© M. Baduel)
5th of La Dame du Lac / Quand Yannick s’en mêle (© M. Baduel)

The 6th (6b) and 7th (4) pitches are easier to find.

6th pitch of La Dame du Lac (© P. Gatta)
6th pitch of La Dame du Lac (© P. Gatta)

The last pitch (5+) led to the top of the pillar.

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