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Jon Griffith and Ueli Steck on Les Drus

In January of this year, Jon Griffith and Ueli Steck made the first free ascent and first single day winter ascent of the Lesueur Route on north face of Les Drus. Griffith notes that the pair climbed a variation, and not the exact summer route. He explains, “the reasons [for the variation] were two fold really – firstly the bivy site looked horrific (not enough snow) so we wanted to push on, and secondly Ueli didnt have the topo with him so just followed his nose.”

Griffith’s trip report can be read on his website here. Below is the video that Griffith shot during the climb.

Lesueur – Les Drus in winter (with variation exit) from Jonathan Griffith on Vimeo.