Solo of Aiguille de l'M

Nate left for Mongolia and my Norwegian buddies were off climbing, help so I was stuck in the campground without a partner. Restless, I hatched a plan to solo the "classical route" on Aiguille de l'M, a 190m 5.7. After an initial recon the day before, I caught the second cable car up and was at the base by 10 AM. I brought gear for rope soloing, but ended up free soloing the whole route and hauling my pack on a couple sections. The climbing was really fun, and I was on top by 11:30. The descent was a little tedious (moraine), but I was back down at the telepherique by 2 PM, just before the skies unleashed. It turns out there is no need for an ice axe or campons on the descent. When I got down my Norwegian buddies were back, so we celebrated by getting drunk.