The Grandes Jorasses (4,208 m; 13,806 ft) is a mountain in the Mont Blanc massif, on the boundary between Haute-Savoie in France and Aosta Valley in Italy.
The first ascent of the highest peak of the mountain (Pointe Walker) was by Horace Walker with guides Melchior Anderegg, Johann Jaun and Julien Grange on 30 June 1868. The second-highest peak on the mountain (Pointe Whymper, 4,184 m; 13,727 ft) was first climbed by Edward Whymper, Christian Almer, Michel Croz and Franz Biner on June 24, 1865, using what has become the normal route of ascent and the one followed by Walker's party in 1868.
The summits on the mountain (from east to west) are:
Pointe Walker (4,208 m; 13,806 ft) – named after Horace Walker, who made the first ascent of the mountain
Pointe Whymper (4,184 m; 13,727 ft) – named after Edward Whymper, who made the first ascent of this, the second-highest summit
Pointe Croz (4,110 m; 13,484 ft) – named after Michel Croz, a guide from Chamonix
Pointe Elena (4,045 m; 13,271 ft) – named after Princess Elena of Savoy
Pointe Margherita (4,065 m; 13,337) – named after Queen Margherita of Savoy, wife of King Umberto I of Italy
Pointe Young (3,996 m; 13,110 ft) – named after Geoffrey Winthrop Young
There's a difficult alpine trail (T6) called Grandes Jorasses Traverse leading to the summit.
The nearest mountain hut is Bivacco Ettore Canzio located 826m/2 711ft W of the summit.
By elevation Grandes Jorasses/ Pointe Whymper is
# 60 out of 60693 in the Alps # 20 out of 2223 in the Graian Alps # 17 out of 35442 in France # 34 out of 42694 in Italy # 17 out of 9907 in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes # 27 out of 1186 in Aosta Valley # 17 out of 1207 in Upper Savoy # 20 out of 581 in the Mont Blanc massif
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