Time:two to three days (one approach, one climb, one descent or return)
Difficulty:extremely difficult (ED), WI5+/6, M4+, 1000m
Access point:  Chamonix, Mont Blanc
The Grand Jorasses north face is one of the major (and famous) north faces of the alps. Its scale is enormous and there are so many routes on this face that there is an entire guidebook devoted exclusively to this face. The Colton&McIntyre route from 1976 is one of the very classic ice routes that every alpinist aspires to climb once in his life. Due to a very rainy summer the ice conditions in the fall of 2014 were excellent and made this route an easy choice and a fantastic climb.