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Briton uses climbing gear for Grandes Jordasses ascent

Posted 26 October 2010
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Briton uses climbing gear for Grandes Jordasses ascent
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A Scottish man has made full use of his climbing gear by ascending the Gervasutti-Gargliardone Route on Mont Blanc, becoming only the third Briton known to have done so.

According to the British Mountaineering Council, 21-year-old Ally Swintin completed the climb on the east face of the Grandes Jordasses last month.

He was accompanied by Spaniard Oscar Lopez, who ran into some difficulties involving his climbing gear, but went on to finish the challenge.

The route is named after Guisto Gervasutti and Giuseppe Gargliardone - who tackled it in 1942 - and was one of the most difficult in the area up until the 1960s.

Good weather has made climbs in the area popular this autumn, the news source noted.

French pair Julien Desecures and Bruno Sourzac completed a journey up the Shroud Direct in the Grandes Jorasses for the third time, taking the Belle Helene route established by Chamonix-based climber Andy Parkin.

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