Aiguille Verte

Aiguille Verte, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Bonneville, Upper Savoy, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Kontinentalna Francuska, 74400, Francuska

The Aiguille Verte, French for “Green Needle,” is a significant peak in the Mont Blanc massif of the French Alps, soaring to an elevation of 4,122 meters. Its first ascent, achieved on 29 June 1865 by Edward Whymper, Christian Almer, and Franz Biner, was a significant event in mountaineering history, occurring just before Whymper’s infamous first ascent of the Matterhorn.

Whymper’s climb of the Aiguille Verte was notable for the challenging conditions and the quality of the rock they encountered. This ascent paved the way for future mountaineers, including the second ascent via the Moine ridge and the first ascent by a woman, Lucy Walker, in 1870. The Aiguille Verte remains a symbol of the pioneering spirit of early alpinism and continues to be a sought-after climb for mountaineers worldwide.