Potential for Huge Ice Avalanche Leads Officials to Advise Avoiding North Face of Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix, French Alps

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A large ice avalanche just waiting to happen. Credit: L. R CNRS / O. V The Chamoniarde

Various elements seem to indicate the imminence of a potentially large ice avalanche (of the order of 10,000 to 20,000 cubic meters) from the front of the main glacier suspended from the north face of the Aiguille du Midi (between Frendo and Mallory) in the French Alps.

Credit: L. R CNRS / O. V The Chamoniarde

The Mallory is not recommended, the access to the Frendo is exposed.

To access Grands Mulets hut take the lower path (downstream of the Pèlerins glacier) and avoid going directly down the slope of the Aiguille.

Credit: L. R CNRS / O. V The Chamoniarde

The Aiguille du Midi is a 3,842-metre-tall (12,605 ft) mountain in the Mont Blanc massif within the French Alps. It is a popular tourist destination and can be directly accessed by cable car from Chamonix that takes visitors close to Mont Blanc.

Aiguille du Midi, French alps,
Aiguille du Midi, French Alps

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