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Chamonix to Les Grands Montets Lift Station - Day 1 #UTMG

Aiguille du Midi


Les Grands Montets

Les Planards

And so it begins. The team left the Chamonix church to start their epic traverse.

Alpine Climbing Extreme

12 km
2.3 km
66 m
Low Point
1 km
High Point
3.3 km
Chamonix to Les Grands Montets Lift Station - Day 1 #UTMG Map

And so it begins, the epic Ultra Traverse de la Mer de Glace.


Day 1 was always going to be big - the bags are heavy and it is a long way up into the alpine from town.

Starting from the church in the centre of town, Fred and Benj climber 2300m over 8 hours. The recent storm packed a real punch with rock plastered with snow from just 2700m - a big change from the heatwave last week.

Tomorrow is going to be a challenge to say the least after today's warm temperatures softened the snow and tonight's refreeze.

Let's see..



Long, committing and complex routes with difficult and sustained climbing on rock/ice and challenging route finding throughout. TD upwards.

Extreme Exposure

4 out of 4

The majority of the route is "no fall" terrain.


4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

between June and August

Equipment required

  • Ice axe
  • Bivy Kit
  • Crampons
  • Quickdraws
  • Glacier kit
  • 2 Ice Axes
  • Climbing Shoes
  • Wires and Friends

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