Barre Des Ecrins - Normal Route via West Ridge
Avg: 4 from 1 vote
|Type:||Snow, Alpine, 3000 ft, Grade II|
|FA:||A Moore, H Walker and E Whymper guided by C Almer & M Croz, 25 June, 1864|
|Page Views:||239 total · 16/month|
|Shared By:||Rui Ferreira on Dec 5, 2016|
|Admins:||Euan Cameron, Luc-514|
DescriptionThis is predominantly a glaciated snow climb to the ridge which is then followed on snow and class III/IV rocks (PD rating) to the final summit (4101 meters). In recent years there has been a fair amount of serac shifting on the approach and there is the risk of slab avalanches (multiple fatalities in October, 2015) check conditions at the Ecrins hut for the latest information.
From the hut follow the Glacier Blanc up the North flank by the path of least resistance avoiding crevasses and seracs, aiming for the upper glacier plateau and the Breche Lory on the right. This point separates the Barre on the left from the Dome de Neige des Ecrins on the right. At the breche/col the ridge proper is accessed by walking around the left side of the rock step and climbing an easy chimney around 30 feet in height. At the top of the chimney go left up the crest of the ridge to the summit or follow it just below on the left side (North) on snow and easy rocks.