Start at the Torino cabine, going to the base of the North Face (1 to 1,5 hours). Also possible from the Refuge des Cosmiques but his leaves you with a far more longer approach.
The North Face is about 400 m high (10 to 12 pitches) with ice continuously up to 60° with an avarage of 52°.
In the middle the face narrows to an icy couloir and then opens again for the upper slopes. It is here that it steepens up to 60°.
It is best to stay at the right side close to the rocks to get good belay's.
The summit is normally reached by going left of the rocks and joining the normal route over the south-east ridge. it is however also possible to climb directly to the top (on rock, IV, 30 m).
Crampons, 2 ice axes, rope,several ice-screws and other safety equipement
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