Tom Ballard Completes 6 North Faces Mission

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, 68 kb
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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