Climbing with Grant Carnie on the Dent du Géant, and the Aiguille de Bionnassay • July 14 - 17, 2019

Once again Grant joined Mark to pick off another couple 4000 ers in the Alps.

Other Trips with Grant

Alps - August 2018
Mount Kenya - September 2017
Alps - August 2017
Alps - July 2016
Alps - August 2015
Alps - August 2014
Alps - August 2013
Alps - September 2012
Alps - August 2011
Alps - August 2009
Alps - August 2007

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First, the Dent du Géant. Conditions were excellent, but, unfortunately, everyone else in Western Europe knew this. Busy, busy, busy.


Grant getting ready, or perhaps just killing time, at the Salle à Manger. We must have spent nearly an hour here, waiting.


Watching the parties coming and going on the Rochefort Arête.


Finally we are underway. In spite of the long delay, we are still climbing most of the route in the shade. Very Chilly.


The slabby west face.


Grant weaves his way through several teams as he traverses over to the higher east summit.


And finally, the Madonna.


After another wait we finally have access to the rappel route. Steep but direct.


The night we came down from the Dent, a brief, but intense storm left a considerable amount of snow in Switzerland. Our options for what to do next were somewhat constrained.

Eventually, we settled on the Aiguille de Bionnassay. Because of the length, and stony-ness of the normal way into the Durier hut, we elected to climb from the Gouter hut.


Here, we are taking a brief break partway up to the Gouter hut. The Bionnassay in the background.


The hut, and the peak.


The moon sets at sunrise.


The last few hundred meters to the summit.


Looking the other direction, another party heading down.


It was a spectacularly beautiful morning.


Finally, time for us to descend.


Looking back at the Aiguille de Bionnassay as the sun hits the summit.


Mont Blanc on the right and the Done de Gouter on the left.


And heading down to the valley.

Thanks again Grant.

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