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Barre Des Ecrins - Normal Route via West Ridge 
Dome de neige des Ecrins, voie Normale T 
North Couloir- Col Est de Pelvoux 

Ailefroide Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 1,500'
Location: 44.88825, 6.44554 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Euan Cameron, Luc-514, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Rui Ferreira on Dec 2, 2016
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Glacier Blanc upper basin with Barre des Ecrins on...


Ailefroide is popular access point to the Ecrins range as it is on the way to the Pre de Madame Carle trailhead and its extensive parking lot at the end of the upper valley. There are some shops and hotels here, a campground and a guide service office. Ailefroide is very busy during the Summer with hikers, climbers and tourists, but things quiet down during the off season.

Getting There 

Primary access is by car on the D994T regional road. There is bus service from Argentiere la Bessee via Vallouise to Ailfroide.

Climbing Season

Weather station 22.6 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

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Barre Des Ecrins - Normal Route via West Ridge   Europe : France : ... : Ailefroide
This 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 on 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, ...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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