Leaving the Torino hut traverse the Col du GÃant to the east. This leads to much moderate scrambling on 3rd class rock to the "Salle Ã Manger", a high platform just under the Dent and at the western end of the Rochefort ArÃte. At Salle Ã Manger leave ice climbing gear, and perhaps mountain boots, don rock shoes and begin climb of the Dent du GÃant. The route curves up and left to reach the huge slabs of the SW Face. Crack systems are followed, curving back right to the highest summit. The route has been equipped with fixed ropes to make an otherwise very difficult ascent a bit more "democratic". While most climbers use these ropes as useful handholds, it is also possible to climb the route free at about 5.9 in difficulty. Descent is by rappel on a direct route on the vertical South Face.
|Expected Duration||Car to car in one day|
|Relevant Books||Mont Blanc classic & plaisir - Marco Romelli|