|Elevation||3,823 m (12,543 ft)|
|Prominence||330 m (1,080 ft) |
|Isolation||1.77 kilometres (1.10 mi)|
|Parent peak||Aiguille Verte|
Aosta Valley, Italy |
|Parent range||Graian Alps|
|First ascent||9 July 1864 by A. Reilly, Edward Whymper, Michel Croz, H. Charlet and M. Payot|
|Easiest route||South face and south-east ridge (PD)|
As a mountain, Mont Dolent is regarded as the tripoint between Italy, Switzerland and France, although the tripoint itself lies at 3,749 metres, less than 100 metres north-west of its summit.
- We occupied the 9th with a scramble up Mont Dolent. This was a miniature ascent. It contained a little of everything. First we went up to the Petit Col Ferret, and had a little grind over shaly banks; then there was a little walk over grass; then a little tramp over a moraine (which, strange to say, gave a pleasant path); then a little zizagging over the snow-covered glacier of Mont Dolent. Then there was a little bergschrund, then a little wall of snow [. . .] The summit itself was little, very small indeed; it was the loveliest little cone of snow that was ever piled up on a mountain-top; so soft, so pure; it seemed a crime to defile it; it was a miniature Jungfrau; a toy summit, you could cover it with a hand.
Mont Dolent has four faces, offering good quality snow and ice climbs of various levels of difficulty. However the only straightforward route to the summit (graded PD) is on its southern flank via the Glacier de Pre de Bar, finishing along a short and exposed stretch of the south-east ridge. The Fiorio Bivouac Hut (also known as Refuge Bivouac du Dolent) provides the closest start point for this four-hour ascent from the Italian side.:131 The next easiest route of ascent (graded AD) is via the mountain's east ridge, starting from the similarly-named Bivouac du Dolent (la Maye) hut on its Swiss side.:133
- Bivacco Fiorio or Refuge Bivouac du Dolent – 2,724 m
- Bivouac du Dolent - la Maye – 2,667 m
- Cabane de l'A Neuve – 2,735 m
- Argentière Hut – 2,771 m
- Retrieved from the Swisstopo and IGN topographic maps. The key col is Col du Dolent (3,490 m).
- Portale Cartografico Nazionale Archived 2009-09-05 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Italy – Switzerland Boundary" (PDF). Florida State University. International Boundary Study. US. Department of State. 23 October 1961. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 June 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
- Cartes IGN (Map). L'Institut national de l'information géographique et forestière. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
- Edward Whymper, Scrambles amongst the Alps, 6th edition, London: John Murray, 1936, p. 195.
- Griffin, Lindsay (1991). Mont Blanc Massif Volume 2. London: Alpine Club. ISBN 0900523581.