“They gave it their all, it’s lunar, hallucinating”. When Frédéric Dégoulet informed us about his climb of the Gousseault-Desmaison route at the Grandes Jorasses on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 March with Thomas Auvaro (GMHM), he was quick to express himself in this way to react to the time taken by Benjamin Védrines and Léo Billon on the same route on 15 February.
To remember: Billon and Védrines left Chamonix on foot that day at 1:30 am and attacked this mythical route of the Grandes Jorasses at 7:20 am before serenely reaching the summit at 4:30 pm and then walking to Courmayeur in Italy at 8:30 pm. In other words, a tour without a bivouac lasting a total of 19 hours, and THE Gousseault-Desmaison route, 1200 metres of “extremely difficult” (ED) mixed terrain, climbed on sight in 9 hours and 10 minutes.
BENJAMIN AND LÉO ARE LUNAR.F. DÉGOULET, HOT OFF THE PRESS.
Thomas Auvaro in the
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