Col du Diable

Aiguille du Midi

Chamonix

Skyway Monte Bianco

Not to be confused with its bigger brother, the Diable Couloir. A great intro to the bigger lines on the legendary East Face of Mont Blanc du Tacul

Ski Touring Extreme

Distance
3.7 km
Ascent
844 m
Descent
844 m
Duration
3-4 hrs
Low Point
3.1 km
High Point
3.9 km
Gradient
57˚
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Description

An esoteric line with impressive rocky surroundings. Only attempt off the first lift in very cold conditions as it gets very early sun. Prob best stay up the night before and get a pre dawn start

From the top lift station of either the Aiguille du Midi or the Skyway Monte Bianco, go up to the Grand Capucin and climb a small couloir to looker's right side of the rock tower. This brings you up onto a bench on top of a hanging serac. There are two couloirs accessible from here which top out onto the Diable Arête. The looker's right side one is slightly longer and steeper. Climb one of these and ski back down the same way. Skin back up to the top lift station of the Skyway or the Aiguille du Midi or ski down the Vallée Blanche if conditions lower down are acceptable.

Difficulty

Extreme

Extreme skiing terrain above 45 degrees. These routes are reserved for experienced experts.

High Exposure (E3)

3 out of 4

In case of a fall, death is highly likely.

Remoteness

4 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

March, April, May, June

Features

  • Cliffs

Equipment required

  • Rope
  • Skins
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Glacier kit

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