Les Droites

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Les Droites
The north side of Les Droites
Elevation 4,000 m (13,000 ft)
Prominence 204 m (669 ft)[1]
Parent peak Aiguille Verte
Les Droites is located in France
Les Droites
Les Droites
Haute-Savoie, France
Range Graian Alps
Coordinates 45°55′59″N 6°59′21″E / 45.93306°N 6.98917°E / 45.93306; 6.98917Coordinates: 45°55′59″N 6°59′21″E / 45.93306°N 6.98917°E / 45.93306; 6.98917
Type Granite
First ascent 7 August 1876 by Thomas Middlemore and John Oakley Maund with guides Henri Cordier, Johann Jaun and Andreas Maurer
Easiest route East ridge (Glacier approach, then rock climb, AD)

Les Droites (4,000 m) is a mountain in the Mont Blanc massif in the French Alps and is the lowest of the 4000-metre peaks in the Alps. The mountain has two summits:

The north face of the mountain rises some 1,600 m from the Argentière basin at an average angle of 60°, and is the steepest face on the 10-km-long ridge that stretches from the Aiguille Verte to Mont Dolent. The first route to be made on it was via the central couloir on the north-east flank by Bobi Arsandaux and Jacques Lagarde on 31 July 1930. The north spur was first climbed in 1972 by French alpinist Nicolas Jaeger. The dangers of climbing this face were highlighted on an episode of the Discovery Channel documentary series I Shouldn't Be Alive.[2]


  • Refuge d' Argentière (2,771 m)
  • Refuge du Couvercle (2,687 m)


  1. ^ Retrieved from the Swisstopo topographic map (1:25,000). The key col is the Col de l'Aiguille Verte (3,796 m).
  2. ^ Episode Guide: I Shouldn't Be Alive, "Death Climb."
  • Dumler, Helmut and Willi P. Burkhardt, The High Mountains of the Alps, London: Diadem, 1994

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