Pyramide du Tacul – A story told in photos.
June had just begun, and I was heading up the Midi with a new friend and climber partner. Dave Luke and I had been on a shorter trip a week or so before, but this would be our first real trip together.
About the route (taken from Jonathan Griffith/Alpine Exposures): Pyramide du Tacul is a satellite to the Mont Blanc du Tacul on its east side. The normal route is the east ridge or east arête of the Pyramide du Tacul. It has a D- grade and a not too tricky rock route on fine granite. You can find the route (number 20) in the Rébuffat book of the hundred fines routes in the Mont Blanc Massif.
We moved together for every other pitch before this, so I didn’t manage to get many photos. I was thinking about the lift down and trying to move as quickly as possible, Dave was the one who decided we pitch out the last few lengths, and I’m glad he did. While I wasn’t stoked about spending a night in the hut, the weather was beautiful, and we were in such a great part of the range. It would have been a waste to miss everything just to save an hour!
Took the Cosmiques Arete back to the lift station. My only other time on this route was totally underwhelming, and I didn’t really see what all of the fuss was about. However, with much less snow, perfect conditions and not another soul in sight (started at 4 am), it was all-time! The perfect end to a trip. Cheers, Dave, for a good mission!