A massive thumb of rock which is clearly visible from Courmayeur and many points in the Mont Blanc massif. Unfortunately the normal route is adorned with fixed ropes.
Best descent to avoid the people going up the normal route is via 3x60m abseils down the south face. Equipped abseil stations, possible to descend doing 30m abs. Start abbing from the station in the south side of Point Sella.
Access from the Torino hut/Hellbroner lift. Alternatively walk from the Midi station and bivy comfortably at the Col du Geant.
The couloir leading up to the Salle a Manger becomes very dangerous in the afternoon due to the combination of the a.noon sun and the scores of people descending it. Try to avoid it between 10am and 7pm.
Mont Blanc Massif Vol. 1 (2002)
|1||SW face (normal route)||AD ***||116|
|2||South face||TD ***||6|
|3||South Face (Duplicate entry for pre-fixed gear ascents)||TD+||1|
|4||North face and NW ridge||D|
|6||South East pillar||TD|
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