Never touched a fixed rope. Fantastic climb on a perfect day.
Beautifull route, in one day from Cable car Courmayeur. We were just in time for last one back to Courmayeur. Was still quite busy on the Dent du Geant which meant quite some waiting time unfortunately. But great mountain you need to have done!
Fun alpine climb with an amazing view. Perfect conditions in July with lots of snow.
Very nice climb, no crowds. Would be substantially more difficult without the fixed rope.
A week long climbs and descents in Chamonix had taken toll, I was stressed and worn out to finish the dent climb. I managed the scramble well from Torino hut but couldn't put others to risk because of me on the final climbing part. Dying to go back to Chamonix to finish this one and couple of others!
With Etienne Nusslé sometime in 1966
A winter ascent in 1976 and a summer ascent in 2006, 30 years later!
Left our camp near Torino Refuge at around 3:30 am to avoid crowds. Made good time across the snowfields but got lost in the darkness during the approach scramble. Finally made it to the Sale a Manger at 6:30. Started climbing around 7:00 am (without making use of fixed ropes except for one move at the crux). I was climbing in rock shoes with a pair of wool socks beneath, it was extremely cold and I couldn't feel my toes. After a few hours, we finally summited at 11:00. The rappel was fast and easy but we had to wait for some other parties. Again, on the descent scramble we got lost but fortunately another party spotted us and told us where to go. Made good time on the snowfields back to Torino and made took the lift back to Courmayeur.
great climb with a lot of exposure and wind.
Husband cracked his tooth in Chamonix the day before - some sort of omen. I left our food at the hut, then got hit by a block of ice knocked down by a guide. Completed the tough mixed climbing, but too strung out for the dent itself. Would like to try again if not for the crowds.
Without use the fixed ropes. Great day!
not so easy as I supposed. Anyway climbed in 6 hours from Torino hut.
Once again on the summit ... this time with Pablo. Very cold in the morning.
Early July 2009 we attempted the climb with my son Christoph and our local guide Eric, on the day after a snow storm. We aborted the climb after the first pitch because of the dicey conditions (very cold and lots of snow on the rock). We waited a long year, day dreaming and watching videos of the Dent. It was certainly worth the wait because this time the conditions were ideal (hot and dry rock).
The thick fixed ropes make all the difference, especially on the nearly vertical last pitch before the first summit. We used sticky climbing shoes in contrast to boots in 2009 so that it was actually relatively "easier " climbing. The rappels on the South face are really dramatic. Highly recommended classic climb!
Nico, my brother and I departed Torino hut at 5am and arrived to the summit, kissing the virgin at 10am... Approach ugly - specially the rock part, but ascent from "salle a manger" exciting. Sunny day. Descent fine and refreshing beer in Chamonix at 4pm.
Took the first cable car from Courmayeur and climbed the normal route in a day. Perfect conditions and beautiful weather. The ropes bother a little. Fast descent by rappel through the south face.
Lightening, sideways freezing rain and high winds blowing pieces of bird around made for an early turn-around on this beauty. Next time!
Unfortunately the weather was too tough. We made from Torino Hut to "Salle a Manger" in 1h30 (6h30am) ... snow and wind , and getting worse... we decided to try up the "Dent" but just 2 pitches from the summit the previous couple decided to abort and so did Sev and I. wall was getting really wet... some minutes later a big thunder hit close ... a couple of ropes arrived later to the hut successful ... those ropes where a bit sooner out there... we will try again ... good experience anyhow...
Impressive peak, with tiny summit, impressive view as well!