200m.

Rockfax Description
II, 220m, 2 - 3 hours. This is a popular route and rightly so. It provides a high mountain feel without requiring huge commitment or any difficult climbing, plus the view from the Tour Ronde is one of the best in the Alps. The most popular start is via the East Face though conditions can force you to choose the slightly longer, but equally good, option of following the full Southeast Ridge.
Approach - From the Helbronner lift, cross the Col des Flambeux and descend west to pass under the Aiguille de Toule North Face. Continue in this direction and begin the gradual climb towards the Col d'Entréves. The route starts 500m before the col.
1) If there is sufficient snow and the temperature is not too high (rockfall risk in this situation), climb the 120m snow couloir on the Tour Ronde East Face to reach the Southeast Ridge. The couloir is 45 degrees at it's steepest point and can be abseiled in descent if conditions are poor.
2) Once on the ridge, conditions will dictate the exact line taken but generally it is possible to (more or less) follow the crest to reach the final summit tower.
3) This is only 20m or so of easy slab climbing and takes you to the famous Madonna which lives on the top. The view, especially that towards the Brenva face of Mont Blanc, is superb.
Descent - Reverse the route. It is possible to make a series of 50m abseils down the couloir on the east face if snow conditions are too poor for downclimbing. © Rockfax

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User Date Style Notes & Partners
steve_gibbs 6 Jul AltLd O/S In descent.
with Jacob Rose
In descent.
with Jacob Rose
Hammy-G 4 Jul AltLd
carr0t 4 Jul - Nice summit, but a very chossy route. Not worth the stars.
with Hammy-G
Nice summit, but a very chossy route. Not worth the stars.
with Hammy-G
jrose99 ?Jul AltLd O/S
ajscott774 27 Jun AltLd O/S
Manc88 24 Jun AltLd O/S In descent after climbing North Face. Felt arduous after long previous day, no sleep and being on the go for 5hrs already!
with LG-Mark
In descent after climbing North Face. Felt arduous after long previous day, no sleep and being on the go for 5hrs already!
with LG-Mark
Aled Williams 17 Jun -
with Hero Pete
with Hero Pete
lxy 2 Jun -
Hidden 12 Apr -
kenneM 27 Mar AltLd
with Carl Davies
with Carl Davies
Hidden 26 Jul, 2018 2nd O/S
Hidden 23 Jul, 2018 -
CarlosTT 9 Jul, 2018 2nd O/S
with Roger, Paulikus
with Roger, Paulikus
James Rigby 30 Jun, 2018 AltLd O/S
with Conor
with Conor
Pearce Nicholl 29 Jun, 2018 -
with Ian Lemon, Ian Lemon
with Ian Lemon, Ian Lemon
Ian Lemon 29 Jun, 2018 AltLd Final day of Alpine Guides course. Huge thanks to Hannah for a great week of guiding!
Final day of Alpine Guides course. Huge thanks to Hannah for a great week of guiding!
Hidden 5 Jun, 2018 Lead O/S
Hidden ?Jun, 2018 -
Hannah V 21 May, 2018 - 2.5 hours from the Torino hut. Lots of snow in the gully, small bergschrund to cross and easy mixed ground to the summit. Descent via same gully but from a lower point on the southeast ridge
with Rob Jarvis
2.5 hours from the Torino hut. Lots of snow in the gully, small bergschrund to cross and easy mixed ground to the summit. Descent via same gully but from a lower point on the southeast ridge
with Rob Jarvis
Petarghh 17 Apr, 2018 - + Ski Descent
+ Ski Descent
bennys89 23 Jul, 2017 AltLd O/S
with perrys
with perrys
perrys 23 Jul, 2017 AltLd O/S
pete1993 15 Jul, 2017 AltLd O/S down climbed after the bernezat spur, loose, not the easiest route finding with no one else on it and after a long day, no snow after the top arete so did the whole ridge
down climbed after the bernezat spur, loose, not the easiest route finding with no one else on it and after a long day, no snow after the top arete so did the whole ridge
rss91 7 Jul, 2017 -
Hidden 17 Jun, 2017 AltLd O/S
Mr. K 28 Dec, 2016 AltLd In descent. One abseil off in situ bolt and cam.
with figfour
In descent. One abseil off in situ bolt and cam.
with figfour
Rob Pitt 4 Oct, 2016 AltLd O/S In descent
with Guy, Lou
In descent
with Guy, Lou
benwmorgan 12 Aug, 2016 AltLd
mike.moss 12 Aug, 2016 AltLd O/S
bennys89 ?Aug, 2016 -
Hidden 27 Jul, 2016 AltLd
wchan 25 Jul, 2016 -
Hidden 18 Jul, 2016 -
Tim Sparrow 17 Jul, 2016 -
with Geoff Thomas
with Geoff Thomas
Michael 16 Jul, 2016 -
Mr Fuller 7 Jul, 2016 AltLd O/S In descent. Hard work in the melting snow and when tired. Abseiled down the second couloir on the left (when descending) in four abs to the bergshrund.
with Scott
In descent. Hard work in the melting snow and when tired. Abseiled down the second couloir on the left (when descending) in four abs to the bergshrund.
with Scott
Gibbo 17 May, 2016 AltLd
with Rich Emerson
with Rich Emerson
QuentinSu ?Dec, 2015 - descent after Gervasutti
descent after Gervasutti
Andy Lagan 27 Sep, 2015 -
Hidden 26 Aug, 2015 AltLd
HP9 15 Jul, 2015 -
with Tomo cesen
with Tomo cesen
Mr Spoons 28 Jun, 2015 AltLd
with Vangelis Stavroulakis
with Vangelis Stavroulakis
nige pacer 20 Apr, 2015 -
with Andy Houseman
with Andy Houseman
joelevanschamonix ??, 2015 -
Hidden 31 Oct, 2014 -
Dougbart 30 Oct, 2014 - in decent
with Iain
in decent
with Iain
Lancer 30 Oct, 2014 AltLd A great route.
with Charlie Burbridge
A great route.
with Charlie Burbridge
John Procter 7 Sep, 2014 AltLd O/S
with tom humphreys
with tom humphreys
augustus trout 5 Sep, 2014 Solo O/S In decent
In decent
Hidden 17 Aug, 2014 AltLd
Hidden 17 Aug, 2014 -
alastairbegley 12 Aug, 2014 - Normal route in descent.
with Slick
Normal route in descent.
with Slick
Slick 12 Aug, 2014 -
mim tiller 12 Aug, 2014 Lead O/S
jonleighton 8 Aug, 2014 -
Roberttaylor 6 Aug, 2014 Solo O/S In descent after nf, took the shorter route down as opposed to doing the whole ridge.
In descent after nf, took the shorter route down as opposed to doing the whole ridge.
Hidden 5 Aug, 2014 Lead O/S
JHolland ?Aug, 2014 - In descent after north face
In descent after north face
Richard Alderton 18 Jul, 2014 - Normal route up, SE ridge down. 0445 from the hut, reached the ridge just ad the sun was hitting it. Wouldn't want to be any later. Route funding on the descent a little trick. Superb route !
Normal route up, SE ridge down. 0445 from the hut, reached the ridge just ad the sun was hitting it. Wouldn't want to be any later. Route funding on the descent a little trick. Superb route !
EllieWoods 18 Jul, 2014 - Descent. Lots of ab tat useful.
Descent. Lots of ab tat useful.
Hidden 15 Jul, 2014 AltLd
Hidden ?Jul, 2014 -
Olli-C 17 Jun, 2014 Solo
with joe.91
with joe.91
joe.91 17 Jun, 2014 Solo O/S In descent.
with Olli-C
In descent.
with Olli-C
Hidden 13 Jun, 2014 AltLd
Hidden 13 Jun, 2014 AltLd
Hidden 10 Jun, 2014 Lead
Hidden ?Jun, 2014 -
Hidden 21 Mar, 2014 Solo
mike mo ??, 2014 -
DaveThexton ??, 2014 Lead
with Tim
with Tim
Just Will ?Sep, 2013 2nd O/S
Hidden 28 Aug, 2013 Lead
Hidden 12 Aug, 2013 Lead
Fellmonkey ?Aug, 2013 2nd O/S
Hidden 13 Jul, 2013 Lead
PtereBradley ?Jul, 2013 2nd O/S
with Phil Dowthwaite
with Phil Dowthwaite
Hidden ?Jul, 2013 -
Hidden 18 Jun, 2013 AltLd dnf
Hidden ??, 2013 AltLd dnf
walts4 ??, 2013 -
Tobias at Home ??, 2013 -
Rich Cross - Alpine Guides 21 Aug, 2012 -
with David Nicholls, Neil Boyd
with David Nicholls, Neil Boyd
Hidden 8 Aug, 2012 -
Hidden 8 Aug, 2012 -
Kirill 10 Jul, 2012 Lead dnf Got about a third way up, Bill wasn't happy to continue, turned back.
with Bill Nygaard
Got about a third way up, Bill wasn't happy to continue, turned back.
with Bill Nygaard
Finn Curry 3 Jul, 2012 2nd
with Paul Warnock
with Paul Warnock
AdamH 29 Jun, 2012 - Bailed half way along the ridge due to poor snow condition.
Bailed half way along the ridge due to poor snow condition.
Ben Briggs 13 May, 2012 Solo Ski descent.
with Cedric, Tom, Brendan
Ski descent.
with Cedric, Tom, Brendan
Hidden 29 Aug, 2011 AltLd
Hidden 23 Aug, 2011 -
The Bad Cough 2 Aug, 2011 AltLd O/S Descent.
Descent.
John sealey 2 Aug, 2011 AltLd
Hidden 1 Aug, 2011 AltLd O/S
efetunc ?Aug, 2011 AltLd dnf Weather closed in, we took the cable car down to Italy
Weather closed in, we took the cable car down to Italy
Teappleby ?Aug, 2011 AltLd dnf
with mum, Sarah, dad
with mum, Sarah, dad
Hoyes 31 Jul, 2011 AltLd O/S
with Batt
with Batt
Hidden 27 Jul, 2011 AltLd O/S
Hidden 12 Jul, 2011 AltLd
mattgrange 4 Jul, 2011 - With Andy Perkins and Trudi Smith. Cut out the ridge by going across the bergschrund and up a steep gully on the east face, descent by normal route. Would like to try the North Face, looked bloody steep though!
With Andy Perkins and Trudi Smith. Cut out the ridge by going across the bergschrund and up a steep gully on the east face, descent by normal route. Would like to try the North Face, looked bloody steep though!
Hidden 27 Jun, 2011 Lead
andybuckley ?Sep, 2010 - Fairly straightforward... after an uncertain start, but took a while partially due to a fun diversion up a pillar when we thought there was less ridge remaining than turned out to be the case! Back to the Torino Hut in time for tea
with Alasdair Young, Tom Whipple
Fairly straightforward... after an uncertain start, but took a while partially due to a fun diversion up a pillar when we thought there was less ridge remaining than turned out to be the case! Back to the Torino Hut in time for tea
with Alasdair Young, Tom Whipple
Pat-H 13 Aug, 2010 2nd
LozM 18 Jul, 2010 -
with Mark J
with Mark J
Guy Wilson ??, 2010 -
Hidden 26 Jul, 2009 AltLd O/S
Hidden 21 Jul, 2009 AltLd dnf
dannymoo99 9 Jul, 2009 Solo
BorisVBlade 2 Jul, 2009 AltLd O/S
with Neil D
with Neil D
davidbird63 ?Jul, 2009 - With guide. Great day. Must do it again unguided
With guide. Great day. Must do it again unguided
Stuart Johnston ?Jul, 2009 AltLd
Neil D ?Jul, 2009 AltLd rpt
Hidden 23 Mar, 2009 Lead
JamesRoddie ??, 2009 -
with Alex Roddie
with Alex Roddie
andrewb ??, 2009 -
with Sankey
with Sankey
Hidden 14 Aug, 2008 -
Only a hill 19 Jul, 2008 AltLd β First on route, completed in guidebook time. The descent down the couloir was loose and sugary (abseiled three pitches). A cracking route.
with James Roddie
First on route, completed in guidebook time. The descent down the couloir was loose and sugary (abseiled three pitches). A cracking route.
with James Roddie
featuresforfeet 19 Jul, 2008 AltLd O/S
Hidden 3 Jul, 2008 AltLd
Hidden ?Jul, 2008 AltLd O/S
Neil D ?Jul, 2008 AltLd O/S
robertporter ?Jul, 2008 -
Rob84 26 Jun, 2008 Lead O/S In descent
with Sam Strong
In descent
with Sam Strong
Rob84 25 Aug, 2007 Lead O/S In descent
with Tom
In descent
with Tom
cat22 ?Aug, 2007 AltLd O/S
with Rick E, Martin G
with Rick E, Martin G
Hidden 7 Jul, 2007 AltLd O/S
Hidden 29 Jun, 2007 Lead
Hidden 29 Jun, 2007 AltLd O/S
industrialiceman 19 Jun, 2007 AltLd
Tobias at Home 17 Sep, 2006 Solo dnf lots of fresh snow, snowed all morning. decideded against ridge cos couldn't see where the edge between snow and cloud. gave up on direct mixed version cos couldn't see where it went. looked at another couloir but looked crap so went home.
lots of fresh snow, snowed all morning. decideded against ridge cos couldn't see where the edge between snow and cloud. gave up on direct mixed version cos couldn't see where it went. looked at another couloir but looked crap so went home.
KeithW 5 Sep, 2006 - Nth Face well out of condition. Good ridge to follow, turn the gendarmes though or it's much harder!
with Nick Ferguson
Nth Face well out of condition. Good ridge to follow, turn the gendarmes though or it's much harder!
with Nick Ferguson
Hidden 7 Jun, 2006 AltLd
nickdonohue ?Jun, 2006 - In descent after the N face. Narrowly avoided being brained by a fist sized lump of rock.
with Dan Pike
In descent after the N face. Narrowly avoided being brained by a fist sized lump of rock.
with Dan Pike
Ed Saint ?Jul, 2004 -
Stone Muppet ??, 2004 -
wherewelf ?Jul, 2003 -
Hidden 30 Jul, 2002 AltLd
Andy Clarke 30 Jul, 2002 Lead A very pleasant route. Dave still recovering from altitude sickness and third degree sunburn induced by one of my grand plans going wrong resulting in him walking mapless across the Vallee Blanche in the afternoon sun after doing Tacul. Seemed foolproof at the time!
A very pleasant route. Dave still recovering from altitude sickness and third degree sunburn induced by one of my grand plans going wrong resulting in him walking mapless across the Vallee Blanche in the afternoon sun after doing Tacul. Seemed foolproof at the time!
Rich Cross - Alpine Guides ?Jun, 2002 AltLd
with Richard Mansfield, Simon Hale
with Richard Mansfield, Simon Hale
rlrs ?Sep, 2000 AltLd dnf
with RN, NM/N, Antony Mariani
with RN, NM/N, Antony Mariani
Antony Mariani ?Sep, 2000 AltLd O/S
with rlrs
with rlrs
Hidden ?Jul, 1999 AltLd
tompercy 17 Jul, 1995 AltLd In descent.
with Amos Preminger
In descent.
with Amos Preminger
crossleysm ??, 1995 - In descent
In descent
Sime64 ?Aug, 1994 AltLd O/S
with Gill
with Gill
Hidden ?Aug, 1988 2nd
thlcr1 ?Sep, 1985 AltLd Descent after North Face. Big storm hit us with white out conditions and high winds. Couldn't find route past pinnacles and decided to abb down east face from some insitu tat just before pinnacles. Many abb's with increasingly poor anchors in nil visibility made it a bit nerve wracking. Glad when we got down!
Descent after North Face. Big storm hit us with white out conditions and high winds. Couldn't find route past pinnacles and decided to abb down east face from some insitu tat just before pinnacles. Many abb's with increasingly poor anchors in nil visibility made it a bit nerve wracking. Glad when we got down!
Hidden ??, 1980 -
Hidden ?Aug, 1976 AltLd
Hidden ?Jul, 1975 -
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