Dave Searle and myself have been wanting to do a traverse of the Verte for a couple of years now combining climbing Couturier and skiing Whymper onsight. After all the free-riding in January and February I was up for an alpine traverse trip like this which offers so much in the way of adventure, challenge, unknown, excitement and great training. The Aiguille Verte is an amazing mountain at 4122 m and all its routes are long and demanding. We were joined by Mikko Heimonen.
Aiguille Verte on the far right with the 1000 m Couturier Couloir descending direct from the summit.
The sunny side of Aiguille Verte, Whymper Couloir descends right of the summit.
Nearing the top of the Couloir and the end of the neve with black ice and seracs looming.
We threaded the seracs along a ramp in the sun above the rock.Mikko on the Verte for the first time.
Almost feeling Himalayan due to the cold, with 40 kph wind we were glad to get off the austere north side and into the sun.
Panorama Aiguille Leschaux to Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc and the Chamonix AiguillesThe wind tugged at our skis along the exposed ridge.