Bitterly cold after early start from Rifugio Torino. Dogged up the big white rope...would have been more comfortable in boots.
cearbhalld - AltLd - 27/Jun/15 with Dave Keogh
5am start. Cold and windy. Climbed in down jacket and gloves all the way monkeying up the fixed rope. Looks like a nice free climb if u can avoid the big white cord. Very physical.
davkeo - AltLd O/S - 27/Jun/15 with Cearbhall Daly
Hidden - 2015
ollyroberts - AltLd O/S - 25/Aug/14 with Piers Newton
Frank Blakeley - 2nd O/S - 21/Aug/14 with Paul
45 kph wind very cold
greenclimb - AltLd - 18/Aug/14
Alex_RhodesUK - AltLd O/S - 08/Aug/14 with Paolo Intropido
Hidden - Lead - 05/Aug/14
Jo sumner - 2nd - 05/Aug/14 with Chris Andrews
andy_e - AltLd O/S - 20/Jul/14 with Mike Gallimore
kelly_426 - Jul/14 with Tom Nichols, Luke Dudill
Route was very busy with complete idiots and newbies. Used the fixed ropes twice just to get past them quicker. Brilliant route!
ernieb182 - AltLd O/S - Jul/14 with Remco Graas
paulmck - 10/Jun/14
mike mo - 2014
Hidden - 2014
david0811 - AltLd - 04/Sep/13 with Locky, Mark Reid
Ross L - 2nd O/S - 04/Sep/13 with Robin Beadle
Hidden - Lead - 29/Aug/13
Nigel Bond - AltLd - 14/Jul/13 with Bern Hardman, Michael Gallimore
Climbed in the morning, very cold. Beautiful summit, hairy abseil. Nigel dropped his wallet and €600 went floating down the mountin, making for a crystal maze style abseil descent.
MichaelGallimore - AltLd - 14/Jul/13 with Bern hardman, Nigel
PtereBradley - 2nd O/S - Jul/13 with Phil Dowthwaite
A brilliant route, would be better without the fixed rope and fixed gear.
stanleynkk - AltLd O/S - Jul/13
jcw - 2013
walts4 - 2013
Left the cable car late - 11.30 - having the route to ourselves was worth the descent in the dark! Shamelessly pulled on the ropes the whole way to speed things up.
maria85 - Lead - 27/Aug/12 with Ronnie
Hidden - 2nd - 27/Aug/12
Catsjit - 21/Aug/12
While the large concentration of numpties on this route means less everywhere else, you should do as much as possible to avoid them. We should have climbed the Deant the night before, then bivvied (either Salle a Manger or behind you when you leave the snow for the rocks on the way up,) then did the Rochefort Arete in the. There would have been much less angst from people climbing on top of each other and potentially last lift missing queues for the abseil on top (last lift is 5.) It is sunny from early afternoon so would be nice and warm in the late afternoon too.
jonnie3430 - AltLd O/S - 17/Aug/12 with Carol
Climbed traditional way without using the fixed ropes. Very busy with others on the ropes. Better to do in the evening.
Carol Goodall - AltLd O/S - 17/Aug/12 with Jonnie Williams
Despite the fixed ropes which turns the climbing into something from an adventure playground and the crowds this is a peak out of your dreams. The most airy summit I have ever been on. Tip- on the section up to the Salle look for cairns on the right. Avoid the loose ground on the left, it looks like the path but isn't.
caradoc - AltLd - 11/Aug/12 with john b
Hidden - AltLd - Aug/12
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 22/Jul/12
Did after the traverse of the Rochefort Ridge in a long day. 8 abseils to finish.
James_L88 - 16/Jul/12 with Badger
without fixed rope
NOTE: Watch out for the groove during the second or third abseil which will jam your ropes if you don't take care to avoid it. Several parties around us had this problem.
jon_ridley - Lead O/S - 09/Jul/12 with Emily Cropton
Emily Cropton - 2nd - 09/Jul/12 with Jon Ridley
mattfarr - 2nd - 04/Jul/12 with Al BMG
Hidden - 23/Jun/12
Got stuck behind to idiots. Brilliant route though.
Eireannach - 2nd O/S - Jun/12 with Tim
gowla - AltLd - 29/Aug/11 with adam booth
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 24/Aug/11
Combined with Aiguille de Rochefort West Ridge, long day out!
Elsier - AltLd - 16/Aug/11 with Amy
Hidden - AltLd - 12/Aug/11
Amazing route. Few other parties on it and a real cold wind so ended up using a combination of fixed ropes and climbing to speed things up. Could do with some better gloves to climb in in the cold! Great to do it with my mate Rich. Got back to Helbronner just as the weather, cloud and snow came in. Phew. A memorable day.
coombsy - AltLd - 12/Aug/11 with Rich G
r_findlay - AltLd - 11/Aug/11 with stu_buchan43
Hidden - AltLd - 11/Aug/11
minch - 2nd O/S - Aug/11
Hidden - AltLd dnf - 26/Jul/11
Done from the Torino Hut after the Aguille de Rochefort Ridge. Long wait due to congestion on ascent and at the ab station meant we missed the last lift down. Had to assist a British guide who got lost during the descent.
edmund94 - AltLd O/S - 15/Jul/11
Awesome windy climb, epic day, chased back to the Midi by thunderstorms after a night in the Torino. Soaked through.
JonBrown - AltLd O/S - 13/Jul/11
Sophie Nunn - Lead dnf - 12/Jul/11 with Olga
Walked in from the Col du Midi. Had packed rock shoes with the aim of not using the fixed ropes, but it was too cold to try and grip the rock. Met up with groups coming from the Torino hut and got to the top without issue. We then decided to wait for the rest of our party with the other rope so we could make the longer abs for descent. After a short while, a pair of british climbers appeared and told us they had turned back, and we could ab down with them (Thanks guys!). Unfortunately this left us in a queue for the ab station as a previous party was having difficulty. We eventually got down with no chance of getting back to the Midi station for the last lift, and decided to bail to the Torino. The forecast for the next day was poor, so we made an early start (despite thunderstorms over Italy) and just caught the first lift down after hauling the remains of the camp in a survival bag from the col to the station. Phew!
Monkey_Alan - AltLd O/S - 12/Jul/11 with Jon Brown
marcushorgan - AltLd O/S - 12/Jul/11 with Calum Cuthill
rope pulling fun!
ferdia - AltLd β - 11/Jul/11 with Hertha
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 27/Jun/11
goatee - 25/Jun/11 with Dave Commins
Hidden - Lead - Jun/11
Hidden - AltLd - 02/Sep/10
Moved together and downclimbed route due to busy ab station - awful route due to conjestion.
stuart34 - AltLd O/S - 21/Aug/10 with Kim Ladiges
Vincej - 2nd - 11/Aug/10 with Paolo Intrepido
Hidden - Aug/10
Jack Doyle - AltLd dnf - Aug/10
K Farrell - AltLd O/S - 28/Jul/10 with Imogen Beal
Ross.Cooper - 2nd O/S - 21/Jul/10 with Remi
Jonny M - Lead dnf - 14/Jul/10 with Helen Tsai
GiveHerHelen - 2nd dnf - 14/Jul/10 with Jon Moulding
After Rochefort arete, Mike and Clay on seperate rope clipping our gear. Started route at 10.30am. Hood was buzzing with electricity on subsidiary summit. Swiss guides refused to let us abseil before all of their friends and clients. Mighty crash 5 mins after getting off last abseil where a lightning bolt hit the Dent 2/3 of the way up. Mike and I felt the electric shock. A frightening 2 hour descent in storm conditions to the Torino. A very sizeable epic.
Cardi - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/10 with Mike Wild
Clay C - AltLd - 10/Jul/10 with Mark
Epic with the lightning and annoying guides
mark_chal - AltLd O/S - 10/Jul/10
Hidden - Jul/10
Following from the arete du rochefort
Bristoldave - Lead - 28/Jun/10 with CarolineH
CarolineH - 28/Jun/10 with Dave
Hidden - AltLd - Jun/10
smason - AltLd O/S - 2010
Got to the start of the rock climbing and turned round because of the cold. (Jim-get some gloves you can climb in!) Still it felt f*ing great to be doing something alpine though, 3 1/2 months after leaving hospital.
milkyjoe - AltLd dnf - 13/Sep/09 with jim b
Hidden - AltLd - 01/Sep/09
Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/Aug/09
Hidden - 20/Jul/09
Hidden - AltLd - 20/Jul/09
stevepotter - AltLd - 16/Jul/09 with ken
BorisVBlade - AltLd O/S - 01/Jul/09 with Neil Dowse
heist182 - AltLd O/S - Jul/09 with Jamie Tattersall; Wendy Couch
Hidden - Lead O/S - Jul/09
Hidden - Jul/09
Hidden - 2nd - Jul/09
Stuart Johnston - AltLd - Jul/09
Had the mountain to ourselves. Wasted a bit of time on the walk-in,and I didn't particularly enjoy the fixed ropes: would feel safer doing it properly! Back just in time to catch the last Torino telepherique of the whole season!
andybuckley - Sep/08 with Tom Whipple
Guy Wilson - Aug/08 with Dave Chapman, Phil Emmott
gordon henderson - AltLd dnf - 28/Jul/08 with MRT
HIGHTOWER - AltLd dnf - 28/Jul/08 with Mike (Leuchers)
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 09/Jul/08
robertporter - Jul/08
cat22 - AltLd O/S - Aug/07 with Jane B
Hidden - AltLd - Aug/07
Nicos - Lead O/S - 16/Jul/07 with rich howels
Hidden - AltLd - Jul/07
Joubert - Jul/07
featuresforfeet - AltLd - Sep/06 with Steve
Hidden - AltLd - Jul/06
First on the route and first to the summit july 06, bloody cold to start with but what a position awesome exposure.
shaun walby - AltLd O/S - Jul/06 with Kev Groome
Joubert - Jul/06
Theeni - AltLd O/S - Jun/06 with Matt Dalby
jam_rich - Aug/05
Hidden - 2nd dnf - Aug/05
drysori - Aug/04 with AdamW
Ed Saint - Jul/04
ross, neil adams and tom dunstan
andyinglis - Jun/04 with ross barnes
Ross Barnes - Jun/04 with Neil A, Andy I, Tom D
Neil Adams - 2004 with Andy I, Tom D & Ross B
Bivouacked at the salle a manger, climbed in stickys, 2 ½ hrs.
Paul-Michael - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/03 with Paul Irvin
Hidden - 23/Jun/03
Hidden - 17/Aug/02
Hidden - AltLd dnf - Aug/02
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 30/Jul/01
Dave Bond - Jul/01 with john leyland
Hidden - 2nd - 25/Aug/00
Celia Watson - Lead - 25/Aug/00 with stuart watson
Great morning climb with a sad end when another climber fell off and died next to my rucksack.
Conan - Aug/97 with Tony Chaplin
Richard Weller - 18/Aug/93 with Simon Currin
Daniel Wrightson - AltLd O/S - 1993 with Andrea Tafi
Nigel Coe - AltLd - Jul/79 with John Walmsley
Bolt Phobia - AltLd - Jul/78