This is a very serious mountain : no easy way to get it, good skill and appropriate training required for long approach and long climbing.
To be done only with fine weather, storms are very dangerous and snow on the rocks can make very difficult and serious even getting back.
Normal route, along the S wall and E ridge is absolutely not easy neither to climb nor to find and is normally used only for coming down.
Best climbs to Aiguille Noire :
South ridge : 1032m (from Col des Chaussures to the Top) - TD - the most classic and frequented
West wall (Boccalatte) 700m - TD
West wall (Vitali) 700m - ED
Its south ridge is made of five different summits, Picco Gamba, Punta Welzenbach, Punta Brendel, Punta Ottoz and Punta Bich.
Some of them host direct routes but the only one that can be considered as standing alone id the lower one, the Picco Gamba, that can be climbed as a second best if weather is not good enough for the South ridge route.
|Starting point : Courmayeur (val d'Aosta)|
You can get the start of the climb starting from :
Rif. Monzino (crossing the Freney),
Rif. Lorenzo Borelli al Combalet (2310m)
Bivacco della Brenva (3200m) (long, difficult and trouble).
Bivacco Craveri (3490m)
|North East side|
111a - from "Breche Sud des Dames Anglaises" - Rey-Chenoz - D/TD
111b - icewall Nord and east ridge - Dionisi-Rosenkrantz - D/TD
111c - from "Breche Sud des Dames Anglaises" North ridge - Couzy-Desmaison - ED-
111e - East ridge - Negri-Santi - D/TD
111f - South wall and East ridge - normal route - AD
South East side
111i - South wall - Cretier-Ollietti - ?? unknown
111l - South wall to "punta Bich" - Sandri-Stenico - TD+
111m - South ridge - Brendel-Schaller - TD
111n - West wall to "punta Bich" - Boccalatte - TD
111p - West wall - Couzy-Desmaison - ED+
111q - West wall "diretta" - Ratti-Vitali - ED
graphics below are from Renato Chabod, former president of CAI (Alpin Club of Italy) and climbing partner of Giusto Gervasutti
|summer time (july, august, september)|
it's a rock mountain and all climb are very long.
Coming down requires 5 hours (not easy to climb nor to find)
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