Pyramide du Tacul - E ridge
A good route, sustained at the grade. Ideal for gaining confidence in placing protection etc.
From the Torino hut, traverse NW down onto the Geant glacier and then contour under the Pte Adophe Rey to reach the Pyramide du Tacul, (huge crevasses.) Start just left of the lowest point. It should also be possible to approach from the Aiquille du Midi and back in a day if one moves quickly.
Get on the rock via a tricky bergschrund. Go up for one or two pitches with a traverse to the right to reach the crest of the ridge, (3c.) Follow the E ridge or its left side, (4c,) for seven pitches. Superb view from the summit.
Abseil down the ascent route. If there are other parties on the route, there is an option to abseil down the S face, .
The route gets the sun early. Nonetheless, it can be cold first thing in the morning.
The ridge is neither very steep nor the rock too compact. Not much in-situ gear.
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