Completed the Rochefort Ridge in clear but blustery conditions to find no-one had yet climbed to the actual summit since the last snow.
It's a real joyful climb. Not tiring, but very nice with the beautiful ridge and the small rock climbing in the end. We climbed it as acclimatisation tour before MB.
The Arete de Rochefort, a mountaineer's dream! The weather and snow conditions that we experienced were close to ideal, according to Eric (our local guide). We started at 5AM from Refugio Torino (in the company of Eric and my son Christoph) and were on the ridge proper by 8AM. The traverse of the ridge was fantastic, really worth the travails of the approach to and descent from the "Salle a Manger." (We did the Dent & the ridge on separate days so that we had to endure the approach four times).
Highly recommended but only with "good" snow!
Perfect day! Ascend and desend from/to Ref. Torino over Rochefort Ridge.
climbed after the Rochefort Ridge traverse (in Jul 1995); descent via glacier de Leschaux (and ascent to Couvercle Hut)
A very good route, the crux was on the final ascent to the Aiguille where the rocks were iced.
Too much fresh snow sadly and no tracks at all after a few days of snowstorms. Anyway a great view and I must return there to do complete Rochefort Ridge. Climb to the ridge not difficult and very nice though.
Basically did most of the route the day before, while "looking" for a good spot to pitch the tent. Ended campimg next to the salomanger a few meters below the ridge. Amazing sunset, fairly cold, but your nice and fresh the next morning. We we going to climb the Rochefort, then the Dent du Geant, but my mate felt really ill, so did the ridge and went down.
Climbed on day one of the Grandes Jorasses traverse with Thomas.
Ascent during attempt passing ridge Helbronner-Grandes Jorasses
Solo climb.From Torino hut and back in 6 hours.
Dal rifugio Torino
Climbed with Philippe Gerschel after a 4:30 AM start from the Torino Hut. The approach to the ridge is a big pain - a steep snow couloir followed by lots of loose rock. Once on the ridge, the traverse to the summit was straightforward with one steep section of hard ice. The final 100m of rock to the summit was pretty poor. We returned to the ridge by a bit of downclimbing, followed by one rappel. We reversed the ridge and arrived at the Dent du Geant at noon, which we climbed as well to make a very long but productive day.
Many people started to climb Rochefortridge this day. But maybe half of them turned around because of the storm which became stronger and stronger up to maybe 80 km/h. I started with 5 friends from Ulm. 4 of us reached Aiguille de Rochefort. Anton and I climbed the whole ridge without any belay in less than 4 hours (from Rif. Torino). I reached Aiguille de Rochefort at about 8 a.m. We all did not continue to Dome de Rochefort but turned around because of the storm, which really destroyed the fun, although the weather was altogether very good with blue sky and sunshine. Because of the storm nobody besides me wanted to climb Dent du Géant this day. Because I did not want to climb it solo with big shoes, I also went back to Rif. Torino immediately, where I arrived before noon.