The North-Northest spur of Aiguille de l’M is a classic route opened in 1945. It is a fun climb on a good granite and the Aiguille de l’M offers amazing views over Chamonix Aiguilles.
View from Aiguille de l’M (© P. Gatta)
This route is graded D-/5b/180m, 6 pitches.
At the start of the fiest pitch, Aiguille de l’M (© A. Gatta)
Approach: start in Montenvers, follow the trail going to Plan de l’Aiguille (not signal Forbes). At the point 2098m (E6.90517, N45.92072) follow a trail going up toward Aiguille de l’M. At 2278m, take the left trail going toward the base of the North-Northest spur, around 1h45 from Montenvers.
In the famous corner, Aiguille de l’M (© A. Gatta)
Pitch #1: IV+, technical cracks. A 0.2 camalot helps protecting the start.
Pitch #2: V, chimney and short wall. It is better to skip the intermediate anchor and go straight to the shelf.
Pitch #3, IV+, physical corner with some good holds but slippery.
Pitch #4, IV+, reach the top of the first corner and continue on a second one, slabby and technical.
Pitch #5, V, traverse left on shelf and climb straight up and then left. Very nice pitch.
Pitch #6, III, go thru the left « boites aux lettres » and continue on easy but loose rocks to the top (50m)
In the famous corner, Aiguille de l’M (© P. Gatta)
Top of Aiguille de l’M (© A. Gatta)
Descent: after two abseils reach the Couloir de la Bûche and follow the normal route (ladders at the bottom).
Second abseil, Aiguille de l’M (© P. Gatta)