This climb is in 9 logbooks, and on 14 wishlists.
An epic. Started in the dark and made good progress, we thought. It's a monster though? Got constantly poured on with snow and ice crystals so moved off left and went up rocks. This turned into a blind alley and we're turned to the snow and ice. A leftward leading branch led us unwittingly into the adjacent route, the Gervassutti Couloir. Moving up this wide open gully we spied through occasional lifting in the cloud that we faced a huge ice wall at the top threatening our exit. After many pitches we finally reached this wall. After a crisis of confidence, a dropped axe and ice screw Dave Adcock took the climb by the scruff of the neck and led us left and round and up and after a hard steep ice traverse and and a steep ice step we finally reached the top as it was getting dark. Getting down was long and slow in horrible soft snow. Around 22 hours we reached the hut exhausted and went to bed with no dinner. Hats off to Dave for the leading.
davidbird63 - 22/Jun/14 with David Adcock
ten4dave - 22/Jun/14 with David Bird
Kris - Solo - Apr/13
nick arding - Lead O/S - 28/Apr/10
nick arding - 28/Apr/10 with tim warden
Climbed and skied the route from a first bin, back in time for lunch at chambre 9.
Ben Briggs - Solo O/S - 21/Apr/10 with Brendan
Started climbing too late in the morning. Lower section was straight forward but the remainder was problematic due to soft unstable snow. Total white out upon topping out and unable to find normal descent route off Mont Blanc du Tacal. Ended up biviing at 4100m until weather cleared the following morning.
Big Lee - AltLd O/S - 05/Jun/06 with Ben Cheek
Hidden - Solo - Mar/93
Hidden - Solo - Jun/89
Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
Ian Archer, dutybooty, Hidden, thomaspomfrett, Dino Dave, sweenyt, Col Kingshott, Hidden, Hidden, vincentvega, Ander, mathquirk, Tobias at Home, Daniel Wrightson