Tour Ronde, North Face – D- , 350m , 7-9hrs
The North Face of the Tour Ronde is a well known classic and a good introduction to alpine north face climbing.
The Climb – A classic alpine ice face, with some steeper pitches through the central narrows.
Experience – Previous scottish, alpine or ice climbing experience required. Technical climbing up to Scottish grade III.
Guiding – if you are interested in climbing the North Face of the Tour Ronde with a guide, check out our Alpine North Faces week.
With an early start from the Torino hut, it’s possible to be established on the route by first light and moving up the lower ice face toward the narrows. Up this first section, the climbing is a uniform snow and ice slope. However, the angle steepens for 3 pitches up a gully through the rocks, before an exit can be made onto the upper icefield.
It’s less steep now to the summit, but still a long way. At the top of the ice slope, a traverse round on the left leads to the final rocks. The normal line of descent is via the SE Ridge.