/ Bivvy spots near Torino Hut
I was wondering if there are any decent places to bivvy near the Torino Hut?
We used to doss in the Helbronner station next door. Not sure if thats possible nowadays, depends on how stealthy you are, I guess.
Once, when the border post there was policed by the CRS (French riot control police with a reputation), we were settling down for the night when we were instructed to follow a monster officer ( who would make Brian Blessed look puny).
We expected to be locked up for the night (at least).
Instead the table was set with the best pasta bake I have ever eaten plus about four other courses and wine.
The mattress and down quilt were OK too.
It was a shame to have an alpine start the next day.
Sounds great, if only that we're the still the case!
Do you know if the Helbronner station is similar to the Midi in the way that a door is left open for climbers caught out in bad weather...or who 'happen to miss the last lift down'?
Have you seen Helbronner and the Torino this year? http://www.flickr.com/photos/95710298@N08/9383742757/
Take my work hard hat and Hi-vis vest and blag meals in the site canteen.
Walking up towards the Géant and the Rochefort ridge there are some sheltered spots under the Aiguilles Marbrées which we thought looked like good bivi spots.
A little further along there is a large flat area on the glacier, obvious on the IGN map, just West of the Col de Rochefort where some Finns were camping as we went up to the Dent du Géant. It looked more exposed to the wind but they seemed happy enough. They were planning to do the Rochefort ridge the next day. You could probably make a nice igloo there if you have a snow saw :-)
I've only seen it across from the Midi!
Thanks Bruce, think we'll have a look for somewhere near the start.
If you mean the start of the ridge there's the place they call the "salle à manger" on the shoulder under the last rocky pinnacle of the Géant. It would mean going up on soft snow in the afternoon but you'd be right up ahead of the crowds for the ridge itself, nice and early before the sun warms the snow up.
I wouldn't recommend this for a few reasons but there is a really good spot on the left before the approach steepens.
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