Pointe du Midi, Arche a Gauche

The weather forecast for Chamonix today was rain showers in the afternoon. Therefore, Martin and I made the short one hour drive to a group of limestone mountains called the Chaine du Bargy where the weather forecast was perfect all day. We climbed a route called ‘Arche a Gauche’. The route is 300m long and has an abseil descent. It is described in the ‘Plaisir West’ guidebook as being on the Pointe du Midi, but is actually located on the Pointe Dzerat. The rock is excellent on the route and the climbing very varied.

During the day we had Lammergeier (wingspan around 2.5 metres) circulating 20 metres from us, Peregrine very close to Martin and we also spotted Ibex and a Fox.

Martin on the approach to ‘Arche a Gauche’.
Martin climbing perfect limestone in the sun.
Martin belaying in a sea of limestone.


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