Mont Dolent (3,823 metres (12,543 ft)) is a mountain in the Mont Blanc massif which lies on the border between Italy, Switzerland and France.
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.
The first ascent of the mountain was made on 9 July 1864 by A. Reilly and Edward Whymper with guides Michel Croz, H. Charlet and M. Payot. Whymper described the ascent in Scrambles amongst the Alps:
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. 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.
The nearest mountain hut is Bivouac du Dolent located 1 875m/6 151ft ENE of the summit.
By elevation Mont Dolent / Monte Dolent is
# 85 out of 2223 in the Graian Alps # 10 out of 283 in Entremont # 79 out of 35442 in France # 70 out of 9907 in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes # 84 out of 1186 in Aosta Valley # 60 out of 1207 in Upper Savoy # 72 out of 581 in the Mont Blanc massif
By prominence Mont Dolent / Monte Dolent is
# 71 out of 2223 in the Graian Alps # 80 out of 1787 in Valais/Wallis # 11 out of 283 in Entremont # 53 out of 1186 in Aosta Valley # 55 out of 1207 in Upper Savoy # 21 out of 581 in the Mont Blanc massif
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