Great climb, good weather conditions for the climb then cloud moved in before topping out. Left the Sasc Fura Hut at 4am, climbed the route, descended down the South Couloir and at Ginanetti Hut before 7pm. Quick bowl of soup then a 1.5hr run down to Bagni del Mesino Valley to get a taxi to San Martino, Pizza and Beer by 2230!
Mark Fairhurst - AltLd O/S - 26/Jul/15 with Jon Holliday
TRFrost - AltLd O/S - 21/Jul/15 with N. Price
NeilGriffiths - AltLd - 21/Jul/15 with Adrian Pedley
Left hut 3.30am back at hut 10am the following day!!, was all going well till i lost my belay device, abbing down the North ridge would be a ball acke at the best of times made worse on an Italian hitch which turned the rope to tangled spagetti with numerous rope snags on the pull through meaning jugging back up the ropes in the dark four times with impending thunderstorms going off all around a real joy, we got into a rythem and made it to a ledge by midnight and decided to bivvi there for the night and wait for light, many "spooning moments" later the sun came up and we were 4 abseils from the col, the north ridge is a real pain, even in the light it would be tricky.
The climb is great fun, felt hard for the grades but nowhere desperate, the climbing took us eleven hours but getting stuck behind other groups must have cost us upto 3 hrs, 50 m ropes, 12 quickdraws, set of friends, wires 1~10 and a few long slings each, 2 litre of water each just about did it but then again it wasnt that hot!!, take something warm just incase you have an unplanned bivvi and dont knock the spooning, needs must!!
a pedley - AltLd - 21/Jul/15 with neil Griffeths
rlade - 2015
rlade - 2015
Epic few days. Flew out, drove to Bondo and walked in to the bivi spot on Saturday. Climbed the route on Sunday, finished in the dark and did the last hour moving along the ridge to the summit with head-torches. Night in bivi hut, descended to Italy on Monday, and walked back over the passes to the Sasc Fura. Didn't especially enjoy the climbing itself but being on that face is pretty epic. Colin did a great job on the hard top pitches as I was knackered by then, carrying a bad cold/hacking cough.
ChrisBrooke - AltLd - 08/Sep/14 with Colin Peck
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 18/Aug/14
Hidden - 2014
First ascent for the season apparently. There are some snow patches on the traverse into the route but they were reasonably negotiable with some stiff approach shoes, crampons and ice axes. Rest of the route is super dry. Decent down N.ridge. Good rap anchors, mostly 35 meters apart!
robpartridge - AltLd - 15/Jul/13 with Chris Sheridan
Classic, route finding better than expected. Long ab down north ridge.
rich.manterfield - AltLd O/S - Jul/13 with Josh Fawcett
Hidden - Lead - 28/Aug/12
LJC - AltLd O/S - 28/Aug/12 with Tom
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 19/Aug/12
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 19/Aug/12
Sam Simpson - AltLd O/S - 19/Aug/12 with Emily Ward
every pitch worth 2 stars minimum. Next time take more that 1.5 litres of water between you... 13 hours up after a slower party ahead and 5 hours down. back to the hut to get some water!! and in tents by 2.
benkelsey - AltLd O/S - 17/Aug/12 with Remus Knowles
Simon Allcock - 2nd - 15/Aug/12 with Wilki
bullwinkle - AltLd O/S - 08/Aug/12 with Bart
Hidden - AltLd - 08/Aug/12
First day of good weather in a while, way too busy. 7h climbing, 8h waiting, beautiful sunset on the summit, scary abseils in the night.
HansStuttgart - Aug/12
atek - AltLd O/S - 18/Jul/12
Hidden - 2012
This was the second time ive done the route. Lead all the pitches as partners first alpine route.
thebigeasy - Lead - Sep/11 with Hanner
Busy day on the Cassin, with approx 12 parties on it. Big bottleneck at the foot of the steep crack around pitch 12. Not much chance of overtaking after that. Overall about 7 1/2 hours to do the route and 4 1/2 down to the foot of the North Ridge. A couple of moves of 6a, but the main thing is it's 26 pitches so you've got to move.
Andy Chubb - 2nd - 23/Aug/11 with Twid Turner
Hidden - AltLd dnf - 19/Aug/11
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 17/Aug/11
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 17/Aug/11
southernclimber - AltLd O/S - 12/Aug/11
chrisallan - AltLd O/S - 11/Aug/11
Perfect conditions. 8 hrs up, 4 to ab N ridge
theotherpetehill - AltLd O/S - 11/Aug/11 with Chris Allan
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 11/Aug/11
Amazing route. Did it on the first day it came into condition this year and got stuck behind slower parties. Topped out not long before dark and shared the summit bivvy with six others.
Owain Llewelyn - AltLd - 10/Aug/11 with Dad
Get a really early start - particularly if you want to go down the North Ridge.
zukator - AltLd - 10/Aug/11 with Owain
Brilliant climb. Bone dry. Cruxes felt around the HVS/E1 mark. Lots of in situ gear and good belays when you need them. 14 hours from hut to hut. I will definitely carry more than 1 litre of water next time!
benclimbing - AltLd O/S - Aug/11 with Dave Latimer
Dave Latimer - AltLd O/S - Aug/11
Hidden - 2011
jamesturnbull - 2011 with aiden
ollie1 - AltLd - 05/Sep/10
The best climbing experiance, pure perfection
nick bamber - Lead O/S - Sep/10 with martin knight
Awesome, but epic descent down North Ridge. Gets more sustained as height is gained.
sebrider - AltLd O/S - 09/Aug/10 with Dan Walker
C Mclean - AltLd - 14/Jul/10 with Tom Nichols
rufus.duits - Solo - Jul/10
basvdploeg - 2010
Wicked route. Be patient on descent. Left car 1am back 9pm, long day! Nothing harder than HVS, first chimney pitch i thought was the crux. Many, many pegs, didnt place a wire. Classic!
david morse - AltLd O/S - 31/Aug/09 with lole
jamie ward - AltLd O/S - 28/Aug/09 with Stuart Williams
haydng - AltLd O/S - Aug/09 with Rachel
innes - Lead O/S - Aug/09 with Ruth
Apart from pulling on gear, falling off Neils route finding errors and the use of an ice axe :-)
mic_b - AltLd O/S - 25/Jul/09 with Neil Furness
Hidden - AltLd - 25/Jul/09
5h15, notch to summit
lukehunt - AltLd - 16/Jul/09 with Steve barrat
Felix lead trickier pitches, but i didn't find them difficult. Destroyed this route 5-6 hrs, v fast.
Descent down ridge was pain.
tommytuffa - AltLd O/S - 16/Jul/09 with Felix
Moved together for a lot of it. Cruxes felt very reasonable. Good time 5-6 hrs.
felixthelion - AltLd - 16/Jul/09 with T. Brookes
Excellent route. 7 hours from niche to summit.
HamishD - AltLd O/S - Jul/09 with Tom Ripley
Brilliant Route. Did it two years after first considering it. First up it that day and last off it having abbed onto the NW face by mistake. Joined with some Italians who spent two nights on the mountain. 25hours bivvy to bed but every second was worth it.
irish paul - AltLd O/S - Sep/08 with Ed
Dirk Wallis - AltLd - 21/Aug/08 with Chris Hill
2 hrs walk from Sasc Fura to notch, 1 hour across ledges, 8 hrs up to N ridge (held up by slow parties), 1 hr to summit, 3 hrs down to Gianetti, 3 hrs down to road in Italy. 90 mins lift back to Vicosoprano.
Dave Rumney - AltLd O/S - 05/Aug/08 with Andy Cole
failed twice in 4 days, was first ill then got off route, will be back for this one!
Mark Walter - AltLd dnf - Aug/08 with Steve Becwith
hilled101 - AltLd - Aug/08 with Irish
tumbling wizard - AltLd - Aug/08
Chris L Hill - AltLd O/S - Aug/08 with Dirk Wallis
Nicos - Lead O/S - 09/Sep/07 with rich howels
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Aug/07
Awesome!!! Did it on the wet over 12 hours, topped out as the sun set and climbed the remaining ridge by headtorch to reach bivi hut after 11pm. Great day out. Great route!
Oliver Sherman - AltLd dog - Aug/07 with Andy Sinclair
Wet rock. Oli lead the hard pitches, the star!
Siderunner - AltLd - Aug/07 with Oli
Upper chimneys very wet so pulled on a fair bit of gear there, otherwise all free. Got held up behind a very slow party so had an interesting descent of the N ridge in the dark.
Neil Adams - AltLd O/S - 14/Jul/07 with Andy Inglis
andyinglis - AltLd O/S - 14/Jul/07 with neil adams
sadams - AltLd O/S - 13/Jul/07 with Eric Hildrew
Had to back off due to route finding/ poor conditions high on route
Adam Booth - AltLd dnf - 06/Jul/07 with Ed Booth
Ed Booth - AltLd - 06/Jul/07 with Adam Booth
Hidden - 2nd O/S - Jul/07
Very Hot day great climbing, hard work on the decent, few rope jams and loss of Abb stations.
mux - AltLd O/S - Jul/07 with Simon Frost
frost - AltLd - Jul/07 with D Garry
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jul/07
Pete Graham - AltLd - 2007 with Malcolm Scott
5.5 hours to climb face - awesome route
reg_measures - AltLd O/S - 17/Jul/05 with timmy elson
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 06/Jul/05
Started at 2am from the car at the end of the road, got back to the car at 5am the next morning after 27 hours on the go.
tom.e - AltLd O/S - Jul/05 with Charlie Everett
sgl - Jul/05 with Konnie
ian bryant - AltLd O/S - Aug/04 with dom
Justin Tracey - AltLd - Aug/03 with Dan Hinton
tuftynick - Lead O/S - Aug/03 with simon nadin, louise richards
Quality route, only 1 or 2 broken pitches. Technical climbing equivalent to english 5b. Belays equipped with 2 bolts. (shame as it causes other parties to crowd the belays...)
nickdonohue - AltLd - Aug/03 with Jon Aylward
jasper11 - 2003 with Gaz Morgan
dan gibson - AltLd O/S - Aug/02 with helen gibson
Bruce Kerr - AltLd - 27/Jul/02 with Alan Smith
Lots of keyrings to clip!
Tim Sparrow - AltLd - 1999 with Geoff Thomas
Hidden - AltLd - 1997
Stewart Armstrong - AltLd - Jul/93
RichardMc - AltLd O/S - 11/Jul/90 with Angel Vila
Richard Weller - AltLd - Jul/88 with john sanders
Had to wait for face to clear of snow, chimneys were quite wet. Lead most of the route but Richard lead at least one of the nicer pitches. Descended the North Ridge. Most of climbing is less fine than the Cengalo
uphillnow - AltLd - 04/Aug/81 with Richard Griffiths
Hidden - Aug/80