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Tom Ballard Completes 6 North Faces Mission

© Tom Ballard

With his recent ascent of the Eiger, British alpinist Tom Ballard, son of the late Alison Hargreaves, has completed his mission to solo all of the 6 classic north faces of the alps in one winter season.

Tom at the summit of the Macintyre-Colton route  © Tom Ballard
Tom at the summit of the Macintyre-Colton route
© Tom Ballard

The faces and routes, in the order that Tom climbed them, are:

Cima Grande (Comici), Piz Badile (Cassin), Matterhorn (Schmidt), Grandes Jorasses (Colton-MacIntyre), Petit Dru (Allain), Eiger (1938 Route).

Tom, who is a talented alpine and mixed climber and has repeated many of the hardest drytooling routes in Europe, has soloed all these faces, occasionally self-belaying on some sections of some routes, over the last three months.

2015 marks the twentieth anniversary of Alison's tragic ascent of K2. To celebrate Alison's remarkable career, and the achievements of Tom Ballard, UKC has a large feature coming up in the next two weeks covering both Alison and Tom... watch this space. 


Visit Tom's Athlete Facebook Page.

Tom is sponsored by: Dolomitland, GMSport, Scarpa and Virna Pierobon Projects


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20 Mar, 2015
Nice one Tom! Really glad to see you've come a long way since we climbed together in 2011. This is seriously impressive stuff and can't wait to see what else you get up to. This is another proof what drytooling can do for you on the bigger faces in the Alps ;-)
20 Mar, 2015
Hi Ramon, I've sent you a PM. Cheers, Jack
20 Mar, 2015
Amazing stuff! Looking forward to hearing more about this.
20 Mar, 2015
EPIC. Got to rank as one of the hardest series of climbs achieved solo...
20 Mar, 2015
This is a great achievement, so well done to Tom. I wonder how Tom felt when he topped out on the 6th face - I suspect a real mix of emotions. I have to say that it does make me feel a bit sad all over again for the loss of Alison Hargreaves. She died on K2 not long after I'd taken up climbing (I was a late starter, albeit 20 years or so ago now) and it had quite an impact on me at the time.
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