Mont Blanc is one of Europe’s most popular mountains with dozens of high-quality routes and ski lines, and two Italian alpinists just added a big new ice climb up the Brenva Face.
Francesco Civra Dano and Giuseppe Vidoni found and climbed a steep new 170-metre wall of ice they called Cascata Major VI WI5. It climbs up the famous red pillar where the summer rock climb The Mazeaud/Sorgato can be found.
They made the first ascent on Nov. 20 and took it to the summit before a bivy at the famous Gouter Refuge; they descended the next morning. Cascata Major is now one of over 1,600 ice and mixed climbs in the Mont Blanc Massif.
From cutting edge testpieces to low-commitment lines, the mountains around Chamonix have something for everyone. Other classics include Vent du Dragon on Aiguille du Midi and Supercouloir on Mont Blanc du Tacul.