nice experience! superb couloir, scramble to the summit...
I climbed from Trient hut early in the morning and I was the first on the summit this June 26.
Climbed by the easy route from the Argentiere valley floor for great views on a sunny day after a week of foul weather!
crossing the glacier solo not the best but false safety with all the other people around, weather was crap.
Claimbed with Tom Everett, after biving abobve the Albert Premier Hut. The night started poorly as cloud filled the Tour glacier but there was a good track approaching the mountain we were able to follow. However on crossing the 3000 m mark we emerged from the cloud and could see the whole mountain lit by the stars.
The couloir was a simple climb with an intersting loose exit but otherwise in excellent condition. The scramble up the ridge to the summit was superb as the sun came up and bathed the range in a soft orange light.
The only blip was me getting my foot wedged solid in a crack in sight of the summit which was most embarrasing as it took about ten minutes to free myself from a quite precarious position!
Climbed with Philippe Gerschel, using the route description of the British Alpine Club guidebook. The inital couloir was really loose and scary, but once we were on the spur, the climbing was excellent - mostly scrambling. The move onto the Table was tough. I tried 3 times in boots but finally had to change to rock shoes. We later learned that most people now climb by starting at the base of the Table Couloir and climbing up to the spur from the right rather than the left. I wish I had known this, as it would have saved us a lot of time. The descent was really easy via the normal route, although the bridge over the bergschrund was getting a bit sketchy.
Easy climb from the Chamonix Valley. Great intro for the alps and great views and sceanery.
It was a one-week-trip with a mountain guide, and Aiguille de Tour was the first, and simple, destination. On descent I hurt my knee and had pain the whole rest of the week
Nice easy walk up Col Superieur du tour,followed by a an easy scramble to summit.Bit busy,and Bergshrund not in great shape,love to go back and traverse the peak from east to west.
After a bivouac on the rocks between the Alber 1er hut and the glacier, we left early in the morning under a clear sky. Easy approach to the couloir, a fast climb trough it, and at the summit before he was overcrowded by the people who would come from the Normal Route. A magnificent climb!
Somewhat difficult routefinding in the lower part of the route. If you go too high, you end up climbing much harder rock - I ended up leading a crack up to one of the gendarmes and then rapelling. If you stay too low - you are too close to the couloir which, when it's warm becomes a chute for the rockfalls. Once you get a bit off route - there is a lot of loose rock. Watch out. The ridge itself is really great! Exposed in places but everything is well protekted with slings over horns and flakes and a few nuts/cams if you are supersafe.
Nice route, well snowed up, gave some interesting mixed climbing
Very nice route. It is a good introduction for steeper snow and ice and working on ridges finding the right way.I did this together with three of my climbing friends.
We climbe the table Culoir and we did great. Difficult descent b/c hot weather had incresed the size of the rimaye, which we had to rappel.
The couloir was dry in the top. 2003 summer was very hot in the French alps...
We (me and my wife) tried to climb the Table du Rock Spur, but for some reason we follow steps and we started climbing the a coulor next to a ridge right to the couloir, I mean, we gor into a very hard and rotten tock gully that required a small pedulum and a pain in the ass rope management. Too sad, we finished the climb after 12 hoursm when we scaped on the Couloir de la table....we did not reach the summit, but Iwe got engaged!!
Would have been easier had I gotten any sleep the night before. Not too crowded at the top at 11 a.m. Be careful not to follow the mistaken crowds to the second summit to the northeast side of the main summit.
Early in the season, empty winter hut, great weather until the afternoon when everything packed within 30 minutes.
Nice couloir climb, we took the right variation at the end.
Easy but interesting climb: snow, mixed, rock.
it gives starters an idea of the " ambiance " in steeper snow and roc ridges.