300m.

Rockfax Description
II, 300m, 2 hours. A mini-classic and a good place to start for those looking to get fast at snow climbing and moving together.
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.
Cross the bergschrund and climb the couloir directly to the col where it meets the Arête de la Table and follow this to the summit. The angle varies from 40 to 50 degrees but, despite the relatively straightforward climbing, good conditions are required. In dry conditions the route takes rockfall and the snow is hard going. The
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.
The couloir has been 'straightlined' on skis. The second time this was done saw Dominique Potard and Jean-Paul Lassale clock a speed of 150kph as they crossed the bergschrund. How this was measured, and how accurate it is, could be debated but their bravery/madness cannot © Rockfax

UKC Logbook Description
Table Couloir is climbed for 300m from the Glacier du Tour to the summit ridge, which is followed for around 200m to the South Summit, weaving in and out of several small gendarmes and horns. The ridge is significantly harder than PD after heavy snowfall.

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User Date Style Notes & Partners
CarlosTT 8 Jun Lead O/S The route is more a AD- than a PD if the couloir is not complete, like this year. Quite dry on the half of the route (Some bad ice and mixed) around a Scottish winter III.
The route is more a AD- than a PD if the couloir is not complete, like this year. Quite dry on the half of the route (Some bad ice and mixed) around a Scottish winter III.
El_Dave_H 8 Jun, 2017 AltLd Much better nick than last time as it was actually frozen. Runnel at the bottom a bit thin and loose but manageable.
Much better nick than last time as it was actually frozen. Runnel at the bottom a bit thin and loose but manageable.
Hidden 8 Jun, 2017 -
scottidog 11 Aug, 2016 -
with peachos
with peachos
peachos 11 Aug, 2016 AltLd Final route of the trip. Romped up to the gully then short-pitched the tricky rock band. Not issues in the gully proper, except for the snow & ice being sent our way. Moved together efficiently all the way to the top, including the ridge section at the top. 3.5 hours hut to summit. Walked off with Trev & Helen.
Final route of the trip. Romped up to the gully then short-pitched the tricky rock band. Not issues in the gully proper, except for the snow & ice being sent our way. Moved together efficiently all the way to the top, including the ridge section at the top. 3.5 hours hut to summit. Walked off with Trev & Helen.
Hidden 19 Jul, 2016 2nd dnf
Storme 4 Jul, 2016 AltLd One of my favourite days, great conditions, fun route with nice scrambling at the top.
with Jake397
One of my favourite days, great conditions, fun route with nice scrambling at the top.
with Jake397
Jake397 ?Jul, 2016 -
with Storme England
with Storme England
Roger Burrows 28 Jun, 2016 AltLd O/S Started at 4am, perfect time to start as we were the first to the bottom. Went well apart from we stayed to the right at the rock step when we should have stayed left and ended up on some very loose rock. fairly easy apart from conditions being very warm and so a fair bit of soft snow.
Started at 4am, perfect time to start as we were the first to the bottom. Went well apart from we stayed to the right at the rock step when we should have stayed left and ended up on some very loose rock. fairly easy apart from conditions being very warm and so a fair bit of soft snow.
El_Dave_H 24 Jun, 2016 AltLd No freeze, glacier like porridge, couloir melting and awful to climb. Luckily the ridge climbing at the top redeemed it, exposed but easy, on good rock. Descent via the voie normal.
No freeze, glacier like porridge, couloir melting and awful to climb. Luckily the ridge climbing at the top redeemed it, exposed but easy, on good rock. Descent via the voie normal.
solenostomus 20 Jun, 2016 AltLd Climbed the colour after days of heavy snow. Snow conditions in the gully were great, but the subsequent ridge to the summit was gnarly. I climbed with Doug and Chris and Rebecca Wildblood were the second team. Got up in the hut at 4, left at 5, reached summit just after 10.
Climbed the colour after days of heavy snow. Snow conditions in the gully were great, but the subsequent ridge to the summit was gnarly. I climbed with Doug and Chris and Rebecca Wildblood were the second team. Got up in the hut at 4, left at 5, reached summit just after 10.
Doug miller 20 Jun, 2016 AltLd
adawson 20 Jun, 2016 AltLd Stayed at the Albert 1er hut the night before setting off at 5:30, lots of good snow up the couloir but powdery snow on the ridge made it quite sketchy at times. Descended via the normal route and walked down to Le Tour.
Stayed at the Albert 1er hut the night before setting off at 5:30, lots of good snow up the couloir but powdery snow on the ridge made it quite sketchy at times. Descended via the normal route and walked down to Le Tour.
lucyvass 20 Jun, 2016 -
Ashley King 20 Jun, 2016 AltLd Really fun route. Great weather as well! Lots of snow in the couloir so wasn't too hard. Ridge was snowy too which made it a lot scarier though. Well worth doing!
with Lucy Vass, adawson
Really fun route. Great weather as well! Lots of snow in the couloir so wasn't too hard. Ridge was snowy too which made it a lot scarier though. Well worth doing!
with Lucy Vass, adawson
CameronH 1 Jun, 2016 - in lots of snow with one axe, and skis on our packs, made for some sketchy mixed climbing!
with ford23
in lots of snow with one axe, and skis on our packs, made for some sketchy mixed climbing!
with ford23
MichealMurphy ??, 2016 -
Katie S ?Sep, 2015 AltLd Failed to complete route due to poor conditions. Had to back off
Failed to complete route due to poor conditions. Had to back off
Matt Schwarz ?Sep, 2015 AltLd
with Katie S
with Katie S
Hidden 31 Jul, 2015 AltLd O/S
Rebs 28 Jun, 2015 AltLd
Hidden 28 Jun, 2015 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?Jun, 2015 AltLd O/S
laurashaw ?Jun, 2015 AltLd
with Emily Ford, Ben Cailey
with Emily Ford, Ben Cailey
Ian84 ?Jun, 2015 AltLd
Eagertom ?Jun, 2015 -
with dmurray
with dmurray
Callum Smith 6 Aug, 2014 AltLd Great neve, rocky middle section, thin at top. Moved together, worth taking slings for ridge. Super first alpine route. Crystal views.
Great neve, rocky middle section, thin at top. Moved together, worth taking slings for ridge. Super first alpine route. Crystal views.
ian.ross.bnc ?Aug, 2014 2nd with Tom and Georgia, graded as AD- by Laroche & LeLong (2014)
with Tom and Georgia, graded as AD- by Laroche & LeLong (2014)
Hidden ?Aug, 2014 -
Hidden 26 Jun, 2014 -
kelliroberts3 26 Jun, 2014 -
Pete Rigby 26 Jun, 2014 -
with Kelli Roberts
with Kelli Roberts
Hidden 23 Jun, 2014 AltLd
Hidden 16 Jun, 2014 -
Lxaddison 16 Jun, 2014 - Moved together for route. Snow in okay condition, lower section could have benefited from a bit of consolidation after snowfall previous night.
Moved together for route. Snow in okay condition, lower section could have benefited from a bit of consolidation after snowfall previous night.
Whitty2012 16 Jun, 2014 -
laurence_falconer ?Jun, 2014 -
with Hannah Price, laurashaw
with Hannah Price, laurashaw
laurashaw ?Jun, 2014 -
Hidden ??, 2014 -
Mark Fairhurst ?Aug, 2013 Lead O/S
monsteratt 23 Jul, 2013 AltLd O/S Stepped out in the gully. Very enjoyable descended down normal route and onto the Trient glacier.
with Nick Whimster
Stepped out in the gully. Very enjoyable descended down normal route and onto the Trient glacier.
with Nick Whimster
nickwhimster 23 Jul, 2013 AltLd O/S moved together
moved together
jac00 22 Jul, 2013 AltLd O/S
zcsharp 8 Jul, 2013 Lead Epic 3, got on it very late when the snow was soft and ended up running down to Le Tour in a thunderstorm.
Epic 3, got on it very late when the snow was soft and ended up running down to Le Tour in a thunderstorm.
steve_gibbs 8 Jul, 2013 AltLd O/S
with zcsharp
with zcsharp
tomtom89 ?Jul, 2013 -
with jac00
with jac00
Harry Ellis 27 Jun, 2013 - Great condition Scottish I gully, II ridge weather cold and windy
with Chris Cox
Great condition Scottish I gully, II ridge weather cold and windy
with Chris Cox
alexm198 23 Jun, 2013 Lead O/S Couloir was in wicked condition but lots of snow on the ridge made it pretty sketchy. Moved together.
with Clara Horswell
Couloir was in wicked condition but lots of snow on the ridge made it pretty sketchy. Moved together.
with Clara Horswell
thomaspomfrett 22 Jun, 2013 Solo dnf Roped solo up to the bottom of the couloir then decided to back off as was like climbing a slush puppy
with Sam Thomas
Roped solo up to the bottom of the couloir then decided to back off as was like climbing a slush puppy
with Sam Thomas
Mr Fuller 19 Jun, 2013 AltLd dnf Got the wrong Couloir... got to the top of the slush and loose rock mess then downclimbed it all...
with Paul Gibbison, riven
Got the wrong Couloir... got to the top of the slush and loose rock mess then downclimbed it all...
with Paul Gibbison, riven
Hidden 18 Jun, 2013 AltLd
Hidden 18 Jun, 2013 AltLd O/S
Hidden 18 Jun, 2013 -
joe hallam 16 Jun, 2013 Lead first alpine route. bivi on the glacier and still up later than the french staying at the refuge albert. not best conditions but fantastic nonetheless. Never seen exposure like it.
with Andrew Duncan, paul mahler
first alpine route. bivi on the glacier and still up later than the french staying at the refuge albert. not best conditions but fantastic nonetheless. Never seen exposure like it.
with Andrew Duncan, paul mahler
Andrew Duncan 16 Jun, 2013 2nd
masmith 12 Jun, 2013 AltLd
jack.williams1 12 Jun, 2013 AltLd
murray ?Jun, 2013 Lead O/S
with Ryan, Rob
with Ryan, Rob
rashwell ?Jun, 2013 2nd
Hidden 20 Feb, 2013 Solo
ceri's 6 Sep, 2012 - Moving together (kind of), me last with random protection (ice screw or sling) in between. Thin conditions making for an interesting ascent; needed a sling hand hold at the end to make it to the very top of the Aiguille!
with Charles
Moving together (kind of), me last with random protection (ice screw or sling) in between. Thin conditions making for an interesting ascent; needed a sling hand hold at the end to make it to the very top of the Aiguille!
with Charles
Mr. K 4 Sep, 2012 Lead dnf Badly out of condition, backed off around the 120m mark after running it out up some terrifyingly rotten rock. With continuous hero neve it must be ace!
Badly out of condition, backed off around the 120m mark after running it out up some terrifyingly rotten rock. With continuous hero neve it must be ace!
Chris_Mullaney 4 Sep, 2012 2nd
with Mr. K
with Mr. K
Hidden 12 Jul, 2012 -
Harry Thorpe 4 Jul, 2012 AltLd O/S First alpine route!
First alpine route!
thetradlad 4 Jul, 2012 Solo O/S Followed ridge to south Summit
Followed ridge to south Summit
Hidden 2 Jul, 2012 Lead O/S
Katherine Ross 29 Jun, 2012 AltLd O/S Went the wrong way through the rocky bit in the middle and ended up on a chossy deathy scree slope, which was a bit terrifying! Great scramble on the ridge.
with Becky H
Went the wrong way through the rocky bit in the middle and ended up on a chossy deathy scree slope, which was a bit terrifying! Great scramble on the ridge.
with Becky H
trivett 29 Jun, 2012 - Couloir was a bit soft and lean... also followed some french people who went the wrong way at the rock step... made for an interesting traverse back to the couloir! Scrambling on the ridge to the summit some of the best I've ever done, amazing route!
with Jane Marsh, Tom Stewardson
Couloir was a bit soft and lean... also followed some french people who went the wrong way at the rock step... made for an interesting traverse back to the couloir! Scrambling on the ridge to the summit some of the best I've ever done, amazing route!
with Jane Marsh, Tom Stewardson
jon_ridley 28 Jun, 2012 AltLd
Webster 28 Jun, 2012 Solo O/S soloed couloir, moved together along rock ridge to summit. couloir was broken in the middle creating a loose rock pitch.
soloed couloir, moved together along rock ridge to summit. couloir was broken in the middle creating a loose rock pitch.
becoming-stranger 28 Jun, 2012 AltLd O/S
Emily Cropton 28 Jun, 2012 AltLd
Ragingpossum 27 Jun, 2012 AltLd Set off slightly later than planned due to sleeping through our alarms. Very pleasant day, with easy climbing and lots of exposure and a simple descent.
with harry kingston
Set off slightly later than planned due to sleeping through our alarms. Very pleasant day, with easy climbing and lots of exposure and a simple descent.
with harry kingston
SteveCarratt 27 Jun, 2012 -
R_W_M 27 Jun, 2012 -
with Steve C
with Steve C
joelevanschamonix 26 Jun, 2012 2nd β http://joelevanschamonix.com/2012/06/28/aiguille-du-tour-3540m/
with James Clapham
http://joelevanschamonix.com/2012/06/28/aiguille-du-tour-3540m/
with James Clapham
Hidden 17 Jun, 2012 Lead O/S
Rockley 17 Jun, 2012 Lead O/S
robthered 6 Jun, 2012 - Climbed in not the best conditions, descended it in worse - heavy spindrift coming down couloir. My first Alpine ascent, but believe as it says above: harder than PD in/after wet snow...
Climbed in not the best conditions, descended it in worse - heavy spindrift coming down couloir. My first Alpine ascent, but believe as it says above: harder than PD in/after wet snow...
hlburns ?Jun, 2012 -
Camdenelectric 3 Aug, 2011 AltLd O/S
Hidden 30 Jul, 2011 AltLd O/S
Hidden 29 Jul, 2011 2nd O/S
Poco Loco 27 Jul, 2011 Lead The couloir was in good condition after recent snow. The continuation ridge to the summit was covered in snow and felt like AD... at least.
with SarahF
The couloir was in good condition after recent snow. The continuation ridge to the summit was covered in snow and felt like AD... at least.
with SarahF
np134 27 Jul, 2011 Solo O/S
with C. Price
with C. Price
BALD EAGLE 27 Jul, 2011 AltLd
with Rob Horler
with Rob Horler
Hidden 15 Jul, 2011 -
Kirill 15 Jul, 2011 AltLd
Stewart B 11 Jul, 2011 Solo Bare in the middle section and very loose. Good otherwise
Bare in the middle section and very loose. Good otherwise
ferdia 4 Jul, 2011 2nd
with Hertha Taverner-Wood, Marcus Horgan, CalumC
with Hertha Taverner-Wood, Marcus Horgan, CalumC
tskelhon ?Jul, 2011 AltLd
with Tim Slater, chris davis
with Tim Slater, chris davis
allyrocke 19 Aug, 2010 Lead O/S
Phil Jennings 19 Aug, 2010 AltLd O/S
with Katie Main
with Katie Main
philbish 1 Aug, 2010 -
Krumme 26 Jul, 2010 Lead
John Roe 19 Jul, 2010 Lead The Couloir was laking in snow cover in the mid section
with Liz Featherstone, Will Marshall
The Couloir was laking in snow cover in the mid section
with Liz Featherstone, Will Marshall
Roch 19 Jul, 2010 2nd
with MRT
with MRT
Hidden 16 Jul, 2010 -
Hidden 8 Jul, 2010 AltLd O/S
Hidden 7 Jul, 2010 AltLd
Ross Davidson 7 Jul, 2010 AltLd O/S
with Caspar
with Caspar
georgenvk 6 Jul, 2010 Lead O/S No snow in mid section,the ridge continuation to the summmit is AD-.
No snow in mid section,the ridge continuation to the summmit is AD-.
jld579 ??, 2010 Lead
Ollie B 9 Jul, 2009 -
with J.Monypenny
with J.Monypenny
Hidden 9 Jul, 2009 AltLd O/S
t_stork 9 Jul, 2009 AltLd O/S
with Marcus Brown
with Marcus Brown
heist182 ?Jul, 2009 AltLd O/S
with Jack Metcalfe
with Jack Metcalfe
Calder 29 Jun, 2009 - With minor detour to the table.
with @ndy
With minor detour to the table.
with @ndy
ruaidh 28 Jun, 2009 AltLd O/S Used couloir as a decent from the ridge.
Used couloir as a decent from the ridge.
TimPerkin 26 Jun, 2009 AltLd O/S
with Colin Beechey
with Colin Beechey
Will Homoky 20 Jun, 2009 AltLd O/S Great acclimatization route to South Summit, with fresh snow, icy conditions, and a cloud inversion on the summit. Not so great bivouac on Glacier du Tour the night before.
with Tom Hindson
Great acclimatization route to South Summit, with fresh snow, icy conditions, and a cloud inversion on the summit. Not so great bivouac on Glacier du Tour the night before.
with Tom Hindson
cmsg 2 Jun, 2009 -
with Simon Gale
with Simon Gale
neil.loydon ?Sep, 2008 AltLd O/S
with Jamie Foxley
with Jamie Foxley
lazyhopkins 4 Aug, 2008 AltLd O/S out of condition
with David Thomson; Michael McKensey; Brendan O'Mahoney
out of condition
with David Thomson; Michael McKensey; Brendan O'Mahoney
DH ?Aug, 2008 AltLd
jogle03 1 Jul, 2008 AltLd O/S
chiragshah5001 ?Jun, 2008 -
with sam strong
with sam strong
TGreen 16 Jul, 2007 Solo O/S
Rosie Henstock ?Jul, 2007 AltLd O/S
with TGreen
with TGreen
rwm7131 ?Jul, 2007 AltLd
matty harrison ?Jul, 2007 AltLd
with rwm7131
with rwm7131
kevburr 22 Jun, 2007 2nd O/S
with Roger Payne
with Roger Payne
industrialiceman 21 Jun, 2007 -
rwm7131 ?Jun, 2007 AltLd
Sarah Bough 14 Jun, 2006 2nd Down climb
with Oliver Mentz, Ellen Taylor, Jesse Dufton
Down climb
with Oliver Mentz, Ellen Taylor, Jesse Dufton
ellentaylor ?Jun, 2006 - decent from Table. Glissaded the bottom
with Ollie, Jesse, Sarah
decent from Table. Glissaded the bottom
with Ollie, Jesse, Sarah
gavinjd ??, 2006 -
Tarquin ??, 2006 -
manmike ?Jul, 2005 Lead
with all the lads
with all the lads
Alpandy ?Aug, 2004 AltLd
with Billy
with Billy
Howard J 7 Aug, 2003 Lead O/S John Waterhouse and Nick Brakspear on a separate rope
with Rachel James
John Waterhouse and Nick Brakspear on a separate rope
with Rachel James
NickST ?Jul, 2003 -
with Phil Tucker
with Phil Tucker
Hidden 23 Jun, 2003 Solo
Hidden 6 Aug, 2001 -
rlrs ?Aug, 1999 AltLd
Antony Mariani ?Aug, 1999 AltLd O/S
with rlrs
with rlrs
KevinBull 30 Jul, 1996 -
stokesrees ??, 1996 Lead
with gilles lalanne
with gilles lalanne
stokienomad 20 Jul, 1993 AltLd
John Southworth ?Jul, 1993 -
Ashley Hold ?Sep, 1991 AltLd Bit of a nightmare as totally devoid of snow - some seriously loose rock, very nearly ended up riding part of it down to the glacier.
with Simon Richards
Bit of a nightmare as totally devoid of snow - some seriously loose rock, very nearly ended up riding part of it down to the glacier.
with Simon Richards
Laramadness 16 Jul, 1991 -
with Andy Leaver
with Andy Leaver
Hidden ?Jul, 1989 2nd
Hidden 16 Jul, 1988 Lead
Hidden ?Jul, 1988 2nd
biggianthead 26 Aug, 1984 -
with G
with G
auldscotal ??, 1984 Lead O/S Ascended couloir, descended normal route. Not sure if year is right.
with Ian Redpath
Ascended couloir, descended normal route. Not sure if year is right.
with Ian Redpath
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