With David down, I found an Englishman to climb with, who I recall only by his first name – Peter. On July 29, we headed east from the Plan des Aiguilles and ascended the Glacier des Nantillons, which separates the Aiguille de Blaitiere from the Aiguilles Grands Charmoz and Grepon, with the Blaitiere as our target for the day.
My notes on the backs of these photos state that we were following a route called the Rocher de la Corde, but I can find no mention of such a route searching around on the Internet. I know our descent was by the Spenser Couloir, because David’s journal notes a comment I made to him on our return, with respect to the Spenser Couloir, that: “All that glitters is not snow”, meaning that we had encountered a lot of ice. But Peter and I certainly did some rock climbing on the route, as the following photos evidence. My guess is that we followed a route along the left-hand ridge, as seen in the above photo.
The website “www.camptocamp.org” provides this info on the Spenser Couloir climb
Min / max altitude:
1046m / 3522mElevation gain / loss:
return trip / abseil down
My next climb was the Traverse of Mont Blanc, seen in the following chapter.