New Route on the Mont Blanc Massif

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John McCune, left, and Will Sim.

It’s hard to find a new climbing route in an area as well-trodden as the Mont Blanc massif, visible from Chamonix, but John McCune and Will Sim have managed.

The British pair did a winter line on the north face of Aiguille de Pélerins. Dubbed Above and Beyond, it lies to the left of the well-known Beyond Good and Evil and has been graded ED M6 6b+.

Photo: @johnmcuneguide

On the morning of April 13, they climbed the Rébuffat-Terray for approximately 250m before bearing left onto an icy line and upward to an obvious roof. McCune and Sim climbed four pitches of mixed corners at M6, then changed into rock shoes for the following two pitches that led them to the roof.

At the roof, Sim was able to aid climb the roof. They then tackled a number of cracks and corners that led them to the top of the buttress and traversed back over to Rébuffat Terray, which they rappelled down.

Photo: @johnmcuneguide

McCune initially noticed the new route when climbing Beyond Good and Evil last year. He attempted the route twice last year during day trips, but he and his partners ran out of time on both occasions.

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Rebecca McPhee

Rebecca is a freelance writer and science teacher based in the UK.

She is a keen traveler and has been lucky enough to backpack her way around Africa, South America, and Asia. With a background in marine biology, she is interested in everything to do with the oceans and aims to dive and open-water swim in as many seas as possible.

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