The Aiguille Verte (centre) and the Aiguille d'Argentière (far left)
|Elevation||4,122 m (13,524 ft)|
|Prominence||689 m (2,260 ft)|
|Isolation||7.2 kilometres (4.5 mi)|
|Translation||Green needle (French)|
|Parent range||Graian Alps|
|First ascent||29 June 1865 by Edward Whymper, Christian Almer and Franz Biner|
It was first climbed on 29 June 1865 by Edward Whymper, Christian Almer and Franz Biner, a fortnight before the fateful first ascent of the Matterhorn. Whymper was unable to climb with his usual guide, Michel Croz, who had to wait for a client in Chamonix. As a result, Whymper hired the services of Christian Almer, who had been with Alfred Wills on the Wetterhorn in 1854. Whymper describes the push for the summit:
At the top of the small gully we crossed over the intervening rocks into the large one [the eponymous Whymper couloir]. At last ice replaced snow, and we turned over to the rocks upon its left. Charming rocks they were; granitic in texture, gritty, holding the nails well. At 9.45 we parted from them, and completed the ascent by a little ridge of snow which descended in the direction of the Aiguille du Moine. At 10.15 we stood on the summit (13, 541 feet [sic]), and devoured our bread and cheese with a good appetite.
There have been a number of incidents where climbers have been killed or gone missing during climbing Aiguille Verte. The body of Patrice Hyvert, a French climber who went missing on 1 March 1982, was found on 9 July 2014.
- E. Whymper, Scrambles amongst the Alps, 6th edition, London: John Murray, 1936, p. 284
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The Aiguille Verte (centre) and the Aiguille du Dru (right) from the Aiguilles Rouges
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