Aiguille du Toule, NW Face – PD+ , 200m , 2-3 hrs
The NW Couloir of the Aiguille de Toule is a fine little route close to the Helbronner cable car station.
The Climb – A short alpine ice couloir. The route can be climbed even in poor weather, though finding it can be tricky in cloud.
Experience – Previous alpine or ice climbing experience required. 3-4 pitches of steeper climbing using 2 tools.
Ideal for acclimatising on, it’s also route that can be done even in poor weather, so it’s a useful one to know about.
After a short approach from Helbronner, the route is climbed via a few pitches of ice to the summit slopes. The descent is made by the se flank which is a short, steep, snow and rocky scramble.