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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