Alpinism: Pointe Adolphe Rey – Cache Cache

Just a week ago I was in Madagascar finishing the last stage of a 250 km race and today I spent an great day climbing in Mont Blanc Massif, so different and so fun! Pascal and I climbed Cache Cache in Pointe Adolphe Rey (3,535m), another fantastic route. The route is 250m high and graded ED, 6c/7a depending on the topo.

On the way to Point Adolphe Rey (center) (© P. Gatta)
On the way to Point Adolphe Rey (center) (© P. Gatta)

We took the first cable car from Aiguille du Midi and reached the bottom of Pointe Adolphe Rey in 45 minutes.

Grades: 6a, 5c, 6c/6c+, 6c/7a, 6b+, 5c. There are bolts on slabs and for the anchors.

Pointe Adolphe Rey - Cache Cache (© P. Gatta)
Pointe Adolphe Rey – Cache Cache (© P. Gatta)

On the photo below the 1st pitch seems longer because of the perspective but they are all about the same lengh.

Cache Cache 1st pitch (© P. Gatta)
Cache Cache 1st pitch (© P. Gatta)

The 1st pitch starts in a couloir up to a bolt in the slab, climb the slab to small roof, pass it using the left crack.

2nd pitch (© P. Gatta)
2nd pitch (© P. Gatta)

6c/6c+ slab (© P. Gatta)
6c/6c+ slab (© P. Gatta)

The 3rd pitch is 6c/6c+ and start with a amazing slab, then continues on a easier crack.

4th pitch (© P. Gatta)
4th pitch (© P. Gatta)

The 4th pitch is 6c/7a (Mt Blanc supercrack). Start along the left crack (don’t go straight up toward on old sling) and and then on a corner.

5th pitch (© P. Gatta)
5th pitch (© P. Gatta)

T5e pitch follows a crack, then a corner and a large crack in the roof (see photo above).

6th pitch (© P. Gatta)
6th pitch (© P. Gatta)

The final pitch is just amazing, it is a slab with big knobs.

North face of Tour Ronde (© P. Gatta)
North face of Tour Ronde (© P. Gatta)

We climbed the route in 3h30, rappeled down in 1h30 and went back to Aiguille du Midi in 1h40.

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