New couloir climbed on Torrione d'Entreves (Mont Blanc) by Niccolo Bruni, Giovanni Ravizza
Niccolò Bruni and Giovanni Ravizza have made the first ascent of 'Goulotte Les Dégaines disparu', a new mixed climb on Torrione d'Entrèves above the Toula glacier in the Mont Blanc massif. Bruni reports
On 22 February tireless Giovanni Ravizza and I established a small ice and mixed climb close to the Toula glacier. The couloir is located below Torrione di Entrèves, between Aiguille de la Brenva and the Toula glacier.
The approach is great fun because it's downhill, by skiing the right branch of the Toula glacier, while the return is a ski descent towards pavillon
I saw this line a while ago while taking the Skyway cable car, and I've always wondered if anyone had climbed it before. I asked various colleagues and friends for information and since nobody knew anything, we reckon it had probably never been climbed before.
On Tuesday 21st March I phoned the ever-psyched Giovanni Ravizza and on Wednesday 22nd February we set off to discover the couloir which turned out to be a little ice and mixed climbing gem. Goulotte Les Dégaines disparu takes its name from the fact that we dropped a quickdraw at the start of the route and never found it in the fresh snow!
TOPO: Goulotte Les Dégaines disparu, Torrione d'Entrèves, Mont Blanc