Dente del Gigante
The normal route up the Dente del Gigante is partially equipped with large ropes to aid the ascent and over the years it has become one of the great classics in the Mont Blanc range. Often crowded, never technically difficult but nevertheless some may find the route complex and tiring. From the summit there is a sweeping panorama over the entire Mont Blanc range.
From Courmayeur, park at the La Palud cable car.
Take the cable car to Punta Helbronner, or Rifugio Torino, cross the upper section of the Glacier de Geant, navigate past Aguilles Marbrèes, ascned towards the Dente climbing past the mixed bastion called "La Gengiva" to reach the Salle a Manger terrace. 2-2.30 hours from Rifugio Torino.
Start on the left, via an exposed ledge. Two 30m pitches lead to a terrace at the base of the famous Burgener slab (in-situ ropes, bolts, grade III). Ascend the slab using the rope and then traverse right (more in-situ ropes) to reach the extremely exposed SW arete. Follow this to Punta Sella at 4009m. From here descend circa 10m (grade III, in-situ rope) traverse the base of Punt Grahaman 4013m and ascend this using the in-situ rope. 1.30 hours.
A: Descend down the route, some sections need downclimbing, others are descended via 30m abseils.
B: 6 abseils 25/30m, some down the South Face void. This is more direct and faster, but very exposed.
Crampons, ice axe, mountain boots for the glacier. Helmet, harness, slings and quickdraws to protect yourself on the in-situ ropes, + 70m rope and belay plate for the abseil
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