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The Rochefort Arete is a famous and highly photogenic snow arete, often seen on postcards around Chamonix. The climb requires good balance and excellent footwork in crampons.

AD 750 m 6-7 hrs

Taking the same approach from the Torino hut as for the Dent du Geant, the real difficulties begin at the foot of the Geant – where a narrow snow crest switchbacks along the frontier ridge for several hundred metres. The traverse of this is narrow and exposed, with several ups and downs. At the end, a steeper wall of less solid rock leads to the summit.