Rockfax Description
II, 450m, 5 - 6 hours. A famous route, mainly because it is a superb line on a popular peak, taking in one of the most unusual mountain features you're ever likely to see. The table after which the route is named is a huge lump of rock that toppled off the ridge many years ago but miraculously stayed perched there instead of rolling down to the glacier below.
Approach - Best approached from the Refuge Albert Premier. Gain the Glacier du Tour and climb up the east side of the glacier under the Aiguille du Tour. Head towards the Col Purtscheller and, 500m before the col, go up and left towards the couloir.
Conditions - Good conditions have become increasingly hard to find in the couloir. In early summer, before the heat really kicks in, there should be plenty of snow and all you will need is a good overnight freeze. Without this the couloir will be difficult and dangerous, so try to get a conditions update and a reliable forecast before setting out. The Arête de la Table is climbable when completely dry, but you need to climb part of the couloir in order to reach it. You can avoid the couloir by getting onto the ridge low down on the left but this is loose and unpleasant and not recommended. A better alternative is to do the South Ridge of the Purtscheller.
Start at the foot of the Couloir de la Table.
1) Climb the lower section of the couloir to reach a ramp-line leading leftwards to the ridge.
2) Climb the ramp-line over some occasionally loose rock and crest the ridge just below a large golden tower.
3) 4b. Go around the tower on the left and then follow the ridge crest (or just off it) to the Table itself. The final move onto the ledge which houses the Table is tricky (4b) but otherwise the terrain is quite steady.
4) 5a. Take a minute or so to ponder the Table - it really is a bizarre and miraculous feature. Having pondered, go to the wall against which the Table is resting and climb onto it via a very physical pull. There are pegs in the wall and sticking a sling in one to act as a foothold is a good idea but there's no getting around the fact that a bit of grunt is required! The move was graded 4+ in old school grades most people agree on roughly 5a in today's money.
5) 4b. Step off the Table and climb the wall behind (4b, excellent). From here, follow the superb and exposed ridge to just above the col where the ridge joins the top of the Couloir de la Table. Downclimb (4b) or make a 5m abseil to reach the col.
6) Continue along the ridge more easily, dropping off to the right if anything looks too tricky, to reach the south Summit of the Aiguille du Tour.
Descent - The routes can be descended back to the Trient Plateau, usually down the East Face route. From there it is possible to descend back to either hut via the approach route. Alternatively, intead of doing a return trip you can complete a traverse by crossing either the Col Supériuer du Tour or the Col du Tour and swinging back to the Refuge Albert Premier. © Rockfax

UKC Logbook Description
It is worth noting that when heavily snowed up the route is an interesting mixed climb around Scottish II/III and probably worth AD+. Obviously be aware of any avalanche danger in these conditions.

Ticklists: Rebuffat's 100 Finest Routes in the Mont Blanc Massif, Rosie's Broken Alpine Dreaming.

QuentinSu 15/Jul/17 Lead O/S
rpinto 03/Jul/17 AltLd
Christine 03/Jul/17 AltLd O/S
with Rich
DaveThexton 20/Jun/17 Lead

From first lift back to lift in just over 6 hrs

Hidden 17/Jun/17 AltLd O/S
anthonylewis 17/Jun/17 AltLd

I lead the glacier approach. Rich mostly leading through the Arete including the table.

Nick.R_108 17/Jun/17 2nd
Climbingspike ??/2017 -
Paal Kristoffer 07/Sep/16 Lead O/S
Lumbering Oaf 26/Jul/16 2nd O/S

We took the snowy couloir to the left of the SW rocky spur only to find that it was very full of very loose material. It took us a long time (4 to 5 hours) to pick our way safely up the couloir without dislodging material down onto one another. Indeed, we passed lots of abandoned abseil tat in the couloir which seemed rather ominous. However, we persisted, albeit slowly, and once we attained the ridge proper the rock quality improved dramatically and we were able to gain the Southern Summit by late afternoon. Descent via the Normal route.

with David Kay, Alex Shipp
David Kay 26/Jul/16 AltLd O/S
with Matt Box, Alex Shipp
Michael 17/Jul/16 -
Michael 07/Jul/16 -
CameronH 01/Jun/16 -

in lots of snow with one axe, and skis on our packs, made for some sketchy mixed climbing! Incredible snow arete, a some points we were literally straddling a knife edge powdery ridge with both feet dangling

adam088 05/Aug/15 AltLd O/S
with Steven Gibbons
eoinb ?/Aug/15 AltLd dnf
Hidden 31/Jul/15 -
Hidden 31/Jul/15 AltLd
Tony Ryland 28/Jul/15 Lead

Great long day Frenchman above us had to be helicoptered off the summit after falling due to loose rock

with Jonathan Davies
jonesieboy 20/Jul/15 AltLd
Avinash Aujayeb 13/Jul/15 2nd O/S
with ales cesen
HP9 12/Jul/15 2nd
with Tomo cesen
Dale Finnie ??/2015 AltLd
MoWalker3 14/Sep/14 -
with IanC, RichB, ChrisC
louby 07/Sep/14 AltLd

With Elli and Adam, fun to come back and repeat my first alpine experience and find it super easy!

chris_B 07/Sep/14 AltLd
ladislav 24/Jul/14 2nd O/S
with Andy
Hidden ??/2014 -
sideshow722 ??/2014 -
jcw ??/2014 -
Hidden 28/Oct/13 AltLd
Dougbart 28/Oct/13 -
with Iain
ndraper1 ?/Oct/13 AltLd
steve-grigg 15/Aug/13 Lead O/S
David Maddison 15/Aug/13 2nd O/S
Hidden ?/Aug/13 Lead O/S
bonoid 31/Jul/13 Lead

Think we started in the wrong gully, horrible loose mess. Ridge was good when we made it. Getting onto the table was interesting! 14 hour round trip from the hut, not quite to guidebook time!

with Duncan McLaughlin
edmitchell ?/Jul/13 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2013 -
Andrewbirkett 26/Aug/12 AltLd O/S
with Saz
Hidden 14/Aug/12 AltLd
Jim Brownlow 11/Aug/12 AltLd rpt

Very loose in the lower portion of the route, pulled boulder loose and cut rope almost hitting Iain. Incident free thereafter. However descent, was easier last time (by Helicopter).

with Nigel Edley, Iain Mount
Nigel Edley 11/Aug/12 AltLd
Sietse 05/Aug/12 -
mickd ?/Aug/12 AltLd

Almost no snow in the gully so did the "ridge" from top to bottom. The bottom was a load of rubbish gravel. Hard to know what route we were on. The top was great. Decent scrambling from Table to main summit. Headed down the tourist route.

Hidden ?/Aug/12 AltLd
Keith Lambley 12/Jul/12 -
with Kate R
steveprice.exmouth 04/Jul/12 AltLd
Steve Woollard 04/Jul/12 AltLd
Hidden ?/Jul/12 -
gfpowell ?/Jul/12 -
robthered 06/Jun/12 AltLd

Finished up the arrete after the Couloir. First time climbing in crampons anywhere. Moved pretty quickly up to, on to and past the table.

Hidden 28/Aug/11 AltLd O/S
The Mountain Goat 16/Aug/11 AltLd dog

Moved together, Pitched move onto the table where in true alpine style I yarded on the in situ gear. Went off route lower down into very nasty loose terrain.

Binder 16/Aug/11 AltLd O/S

Bit of an epic - 14 hours up and down. Had a lot of a trouble in a very loose gully trying to get onto the ridge - great once you get there though! Bad nav on way down = another chossy gully.

with Chris L
Somerset swede basher 16/Aug/11 AltLd O/S

Very loose. A bit off route in the middle section before joining the ridge but still ended up at the table.

with Jon Miles
Hidden 25/Jul/11 AltLd
Hidden 25/Jul/11 AltLd O/S
Clay C 25/Jul/11 AltLd O/S

Under the conditions we found it was much harder than AD-, with sections of Scottish IV.

with Caspian
Hidden 25/Jul/11 AltLd O/S
Jim Brownlow 25/Jul/11 -
Hidden 21/Jul/11 AltLd O/S
Adi Hooper 20/Jul/11 AltLd dnf

So much snow overnight that we turned back at 3100m near the start of the route. Awful conditions. Spent previous night at the Albert Premier hut.

with Roger Ward
ferdia 04/Jul/11 2nd
with Hertha Taverner-Wood, Marcus Horgan, Calum Cuthill
marcushorgan 04/Jul/11 AltLd O/S
with Ferdia Earle, Calum Cuthill, Hertha Taverner Wood
tsl42 ?/Jul/11 2nd O/S

Not sure we followed the route exactly but got to the table anyways.

HosteDenis ?/Jul/11 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Aug/10 Lead
amthalmann 03/Jul/10 -
with Barney
Petarghh 02/Jul/10 AltLd O/S
Brannock 02/Jul/10 AltLd

Nice route, very little snow on route, Table du Roc Couliur virtually dry.

with Annette
Hidden 01/Jul/10 -
mark_chal 29/Jun/10 AltLd O/S
matt_ringrose ?/Jun/10 AltLd
Hidden ??/2010 -
Guy Wilson ??/2010 -
goatee ??/2010 -
with tim long
Hidden 11/Jul/09 2nd
Neil D ?/Jul/09 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Jul/09 AltLd O/S
Glyn 30/Jun/09 Lead dnf

Initial rock from above glacier very loose and choosy. Glacier had receded a long was in recent years making the start of this route a serious proposal. Difficult route finding.

ruaidh 28/Jun/09 AltLd O/S
Tom Stoddart 09/Sep/08 -
with Tom Slade
garethsteel ?/Sep/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 16/Aug/08 -
Hidden ?/Aug/08 2nd
vvanhinsbergh 29/Jun/08 Lead O/S
with Gerard Tenant
Hidden 19/Jun/08 Lead O/S
SamStrong 19/Jun/08 Lead

Snowy as hell!

with Stephen Bond, Mark Stitson
spbond 19/Jun/08 2nd
with Mark, Sam
Hidden 19/Jun/08 AltLd
Hidden 24/Aug/07 AltLd O/S
davefount 20/Jul/07 AltLd dnf

extremely snowed up, sadly we were too slow and the midday sun and deterating snow conditions meant we abbed off into table couloir just below the table,

with Jez, Will Kelsall
TGreen 16/Jul/07 AltLd O/S
Hidden 07/Jul/07 AltLd dnf
Rosie Henstock ?/Jul/07 AltLd O/S
9fingerjon ?/Jul/07 AltLd O/S

Moved together up Table du Roc coloir, then traversed left to join spur at table roc

with James H
industrialiceman 22/Jun/07 AltLd
Hidden ?/Aug/06 Lead
Hidden ?/Jul/06 -
david morse ?/Jul/06 AltLd

dont go off route at the bottom, and dont do it after heavy rain in the night! best take the coulair to the right of the ridge to avoid the choss at the bottom (forget the name, obvious though)

with chris todd
Hidden 14/Jun/06 Lead
Sarah Bough 14/Jun/06 2nd

Took alternate "route" instead of normal SW ridge!

with Oliver Mentz, Ellen Taylor, Jesse Dufton
ellentaylor ?/Jun/06 -
with Ollie, Jesse, Sarah
Hidden ?/Jun/06 Lead
sgl 08/Jun/05 AltLd
with Konnie
Hidden 08/Jun/05 AltLd O/S
Julie Carroll 23/Aug/04 AltLd
with Malcolm Dyson
Gibbo ?/Jul/04 AltLd
with Tom Gibbison
ashpreston ??/2004 -
mike.moss ??/2004 AltLd O/S
with Alex Cowan
Paul-Michael 23/Jul/03 AltLd O/S

6 1/2 hrs PD Decended East Flank

with Peter Anderson, Paul Nurse
wherewelf ?/Jul/03 -
Hidden ?/Jun/03 AltLd
Hidden ?/Jun/03 AltLd
k2scott ??/2003 -
Hidden 08/Aug/02 AltLd
clams ??/2002 -
with AD
chrishedgehog 13/Aug/01 AltLd O/S
with Dan Bailey, Clare Wilkie
Tim W ??/2001 -
NickBrown ?/Jul/99 AltLd O/S
with Tim
Tim Sparrow ?/Aug/96 -

Wifey's one and only alpine route. Well I had a good time!

with Rhiannon
andy_pemberton ?/Jul/95 AltLd

With Julie Dugdale and Richard XX. Great little route.

with Jon Scorer
Laramadness 03/Aug/94 AltLd
with RF
Hidden ?/Jun/93 Lead
nokishatov 15/Aug/92 AltLd O/S
ste_d 15/Aug/92 AltLd O/S
with mik
Pete_Frost 29/Jul/91 AltLd rpt

Loads of choss in lower couloirs so loads of rock kicked down in the process. Combined with traverse of north summit and downclimb of col du Pissoir. First tried in 1990 when a sick partner forced retreat.

with Stuart Turnbull
Conan ?/Jul/89 AltLd

Choss Fest lower down Great day out for my 1st Alpine Route

Pete Pozman 02/Aug/86 AltLd O/S
with John Byrne
Hidden ?/Jul/86 AltLd O/S
bobelvedere ?/Jul/85 AltLd
with Finn Klinkby
Maarten2 ??/1985 AltLd

Not having a good guidebook, we did the entire ridge (on plastic boots...hohum). Did the Table via a ludicrous mantleshelf where it rests on the pinnacle (first swung the rucksacks on top) and half an hour gathering courage. 12 hour+ day.....

with Maarten B
davemhart 02/Aug/84 -
andy tetsill ?/Aug/84 Lead
with Derek, Ian Bennet,, Joy
mark-abz ?/Jul/81 AltLd
beaumap ?/Aug/77 -
with Mick
Steve Bell ??/1977 -
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