Aiguille de Rochefort 4001m
Dawn Over A Snowy Summer In The Mt Blanc Massif
En route to climb the Aiguille de Rochefort having had an 0400 breakfast at the Torino Hut. Timings were roughly 2 hours to Salle a Manger from Torino Hut. Then 2 hours to the summit from there and about the same on the way back.
The Salle A Manger - Base of Dent du Geant - Start Of Rochefort Arete
And an ideal place to take a break and enjoy the amazing views!
The Start Of The Famous Narrow Snow Ridge Of The Rochefort Arete
Narrow and exposed but in good conditions a real mountaineering treat. However it should be noted that this route is by no means just snow ridges and has several mixed and potentially icy passages as well as some quite steep rock on the summit bastion. This section now has several bolted anchor stations. As does the top of the steep icy slope in the central section.
Short Mixed Passage Before The Steep Icy Descent
Very snowy conditions in mid July 2016. Many teams doing the Dent du Geant. Not many teams doing both the same day!
Paul Tops Out On The Aiguille de Rochefort 4001m
Great snowy conditions on 16th July 2016. Superb views down a very great Italian Val d'Aosta. This summer the mountains are white and the valleys are green. Last summer both were brown!