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Grandes Jorasses - Pointe Walker: Voie Normale

Rock, snow, mixed it is all there.  There are difficulties the whole length of the route.
In recent years the instabilty of the seracs has led the local authorities on occasion to close the hut and the route.  Check the latest situation before leaving the valley.


From the parking at Planpincieux to the Boccalatte hut.


From the Boccalatte hut, go up to the N to reach the Planpincieux glacier. Climb up it, keeping below the Rognon de la Bouteille.  After an area of large crevasses, reach the base of the Reposoir spur.  Start by a ramp to the right and take the easiest line along the crest, (3b/c.) Cross a broad, steep and exposed couloir, (Whymper couloir, exposed to avalanche/ rock and ice falls,) towards a rocky corner on the ridge which descends from the Pointe Whymper.  Climb the corner (3b).

From here there are 3 possibilities :
1) Follow the rocky ridge, (Rochers Whymper,) to the summit of the Pointe Whymper (4184m). Then go to the right to reach the Pointe Walker (4208m).
2) Go up the snow couloir (45-50°) to the right of the ridge coming down from the Pointe Whymper.
3) (The traditional route.)  Traverse the glacier plateau under the séracs, (still very unstable since a large collapse in 2001,) then go up the ridge, (mixed,) leading to the Pointe Walker (summit).


From the Pointe Walker go down the (Walker) ridge (option 3), mixed.  Pass under the seracs to reach the Whymper ridge.  Descend the corner, (abseil), then follow the way up in reverse to the hut.  

  • Difficulty: S5 - Very difficult (40-50°)
  • Danger/Exposure: E3 - Very high
  • Time: 06:00 hours
  • Total climb: 0 m
  • Total elevation drop: 0 m
  • Length: 5.08 km
  • Highest altitude: 0 m
  • Lowest altitude: 0 m
  • Extra gear: None
  • Lift access: No



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