Les Droites

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Les Droites
The north side of Les Droites
Highest point
Elevation 4,000 m (13,123 ft)
Prominence 204 m (669 ft) [1]
Isolation 0.7 kilometres (0.43 mi)
Parent peak Aiguille Verte
Coordinates 45°55′59″N6°59′21″E / 45.93306°N 6.98917°E / 45.93306; 6.98917 Coordinates: 45°55′59″N6°59′21″E / 45.93306°N 6.98917°E / 45.93306; 6.98917
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Les Droites
Parent range Graian Alps
Mountain 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 metres (13,123 ft)) 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:

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W. A. B. Coolidge American historian, theologian and mountaineer

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Christian Almer Swiss mountain guide

Christian Almer was a Swiss mountain guide and the first ascentionist of many prominent mountains in the western Alps during the golden and silver ages of alpinism.

Thomas Middlemore English mountaineer and businessman

Thomas Middlemore was an English mountaineer who made multiple first ascents during the silver age of alpinism. His audacity earned him a reputation as the enfant terrible within the Alpine Club. He was also the head of the Middlemores Saddles leather goods company in Birmingham, England, after the retirement of his father, William Middlemore, in 1881. Thomas Middlemore had taken over the management of the company in 1868 and established a bicycle saddle factory in Coventry.

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]

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Mont Dolent mountain

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  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 Archived 2011-05-10 at the Wayback Machine , "Death Climb."