Grandes Jorasses

Grandes Jorasses

Infobox Mountain
Name = Grandes Jorasses
Photo = GrandesJorasses.jpg
Caption = North face of the Grandes Jorasses and the Leschaux Glacier (September 2000)
Elevation = 4,208 metres (13,806 feet)
Location = FRA / ITA
Range = Graian Alps
Type = Granite
Prominence = 841 m
Coordinates =coord|45|52|N|6|59|E|region:FR_type:mountain

First ascent = Horace Walker, Melchior Anderegg, Johann Jaun and Julien Grange, 30 June 1868
Easiest route = Pointe Walker, south-west face, AD-, II, 1400m, to 45 degrees - a glacier climb

The Grandes Jorasses (4,208 m) is a mountain in the Mont Blanc range.

The first ascent of the highest peak of the mountain ("Pointe Walker") was by Horace Walker with guides Melchior Anderegg, Johann Jaun and Julien Grange on 30 June 1868. The second-highest peak on the mountain ("Pointe Whymper", 4,184 m) was first climbed by Edward Whymper, Christian Almer, Michel Croz and Franz Biner on June 24 1865, using what has become the normal route of ascent and the one followed by Walker's party in 1868.

The other summits on the mountain are "Pointe Croz" (4,110 m), "Pointe Margherita" (4,065 m), "Pointe Elena" (4,045 m) and "Pointe Young" (3,996 m).

The north face

Located on the French side of the mountain, the north face is one of the six great north faces of the Alps. One of the most famous walls in the Alps, it towers 1,200m above the Leschaux Glacier, stretching 1 km from end to end. The classic route on the face is the Walker Spur (Cassin/Esposito/Tizzoni, 1938, TD+/ED1, IV, 5c/6a, A1, 1200m) which leads directly to the summit of Pointe Walker. The other major buttress on the mountain is the Croz Spur, which leads to the summit of "Pointe Croz". In her solo ascents of the six north faces, Alison Hargreaves chose this route in preference to the Walker Spur.


*Dumler, Helmut and Willi P. Burkhardt, "The High Mountains of the Alps", London: Diadem, 1994

External links

* [ The Grandes Jorasses on SummitPost]

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