|A small, secondary summit in Tacul satellites.|
It is the last summit of the ridge coming down from Aiguilles du Diable to NE.
Why is worth to be climbed ? : Wonderful rock, easy and confortable approach, can be climbed if weather is not good enough for big routes.
Can be considered as first test for Mount Blanc rock, here you can find grey granite (protogyne), in plates and fissures.
I heard someone saying that here Guides try the skill of their clients in order to make important climbings.
No normal routes (unless you consider as normal the Croux-Ottoz), no easy way !
You cannot get the summit, can only touch it with your hands: it is a little blade you can ride if you're a woman or not afraid about a strange danger :)
If you are a quick climber in the same day you can also climb Pic Adolphe
|Can be done in one day starting directly |
- from Courmayeur (cable car to Punta Helbronner)
- from Chamonix (cable car to Aiguille du Midi)
All routes start from Glacier du Geant
Starting point :
Rif Torino - 1 hour using the route to Col du Gros Rognon - Col du Midi
Rif Cosmiques - 1 hour passing the Col di Gros Rognon
Rif du Requin - 2 hours through "la Bediere" and the Route to Col du Geant
Montenvers ... it's a long way ...
|N side and N edge (Chabod-Mila) 100 m ice + 130 m pure rock - D|
NE wall (Pinelli-Sabbadini) - 250 m - TD
E edge (Croux-Ottoz) - 280 m - D sup : the longest and the finest (often crowded)
SE wall (Ottoz-Nava) - 200m - TD, A2
W wall (Garda-Giometto) - 100 m - TD (passes of VI UIAA) and A
Logistics and Huts
|Rif. Torino |
directly with the cable car from Entrèves/Courmayeur (Italy).
You can reach the hut directly also with the Helbronner cable car from the Aiguille du Midi (to Aiguille du Midi with the cable car from Chamonix).
Pay attention: The Helbronner cable car, traversing the Géant glacier, is mostly closed.
Or you go on foot from the Aiguille du Midi over the glacier du Géant (3 h): From the foot of the S-face of the Aig. du Midi you go on the almost even glacier to the Pointe Lachenal, turn left (E) to the glacier valley below the rugged E-face of the Mont Blanc du Tacul. You go along this E-face of the Tacul and the Pointe Adolphe Rey in order to loose only little height. Now you turn to the ESE to the Col des Flambeaux. From here in a few minutes to the Ref. Torino. It is a very beautiful glacier walk with 200 hm ascent. Difficulty: F.
Courmayeur (Italy) by bus or car:
- from Chamonix through the Mont Blanc Tunnel from the NW.
- from Milano or Torino (from the SE) on the A5 via Aosta valley
In about 1/2 h from the Aig. du Midi (cable car from Chamonix).
If you leave the cable car station via the bridge, you go to the Southsummit. On the firn ridge, you go down with SE-direction to an even ridgeplatform; then turn right to the S and SW-direction below the S-face of the Aig. du Midi. Pay attention to crevasses!
Chamonix Valley by train
- from Martigny (Switzerland) via Vallorcine
- from Geneva (airport) via Anncey (TGV till here) and St. Gervais.
Chamonix Valley by bus:
- from/via Annecy, Geneva, Grenoble, Courmayeur, Aoste and Turin
Chamonix Valley by car:
- from Geneva (from the NW) on the A40 till St. Gervais and from here on the N205.b. From Martigny (from the NE, Switzerland) via Vallorcine and the Col des Montets on the road no. N506.
When To Climb
|All seasons, in winter or spring you must use ski to aproach it.|
In summer can be little crowded.
Important : rocks are quicky dry, should be attached early in the morning so you can avoid risks of icefall from Col du Diable when coming back.