Climbing the Petite Aiguille de l’Arcelin, South Face 2648m.

Difficulty 5c, equipped with pitons and bolts. The guide book describes the route as a classic climb on good rock with beautiful views of the mountain. 200m, 3 to 4 hours of climbing.

The steep walk in took about an hour, with a lot of sweat produced on a very hot day.

We climbed route one the Arete Ouest.

We climbed the arete on the left of the photo above. Roughly 200m of climbing over 10 pitches finishing at a height of 2648m.

JK belaying on the 4th pitch. Having just completed the crux pitch a one move wonder 5c, designed for the tall.

Nice section of climbing out on the arete.

Some strong adventure posing going on here, pitch 7 was an easy 4c but on some of the nicest rock in an exposed position on the arete.

Topping out to some stunning views with Courchevel just in the distance. The climb was not over though, getting off down a loose gully was probably the hardest part of the climb. Relatively unprotected with the odd bolt here and there with a short abseil. Much easier to lead than second!