Pouce – cafe

CLEAN ROCK

August in the Alps: hot, long queues, traffic jams, mobs of tourons, ect. Therefore a great time to get into the hills and go climbing.

STIAN ON THE SHARP END

Looking for a somewhat casual day not involving big boots, glaciers or alpine starts. Stian and I set off for the W. face of the Aig. du Pouce, a brisk 45 jaunt from the top of the Index lift brought us to the base of the wall. 350 meters of compact slabs and striking dihedrals capped by a massive series of overhangs. We chose Pouce-cafe, an engaging route established in the mid 80’s, not your modern Piola clip up.

NICE VIEWS
UPPER SLABS
THROUGH THE ROOFS

A dozen pitches brought us to the top followed by a cool ridge traverse back to the col, down to the lift and finally to a beer at the cafe.

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