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Ecrins Range Rock Climbing 

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Aerial view of Barres Des Ecrins and Dome de Neige...


This area details Snow, Ice and Mixed (Alpine) routes and not Rock Climbs

The Ecrins range is a triangular range of mountains with Grenoble to the North, Briancon on the South and Gap on the South-West. Before the Ecrins National Park was formed in 1973 the range was better known by its valleys bases carved out by the rivers Romanche, the Guisane and the Drac. From a climbing perspective this range is home to the Barre Des Ecrins (the only other French 4000 meter mountain outside of the Mont Blanc range), Mt. Pelvoux and La Meije. Besides the high alpine summits, there is excellent and extensive ice climbing with some of the better known destinations being in the Vallon du Diable close to St. Christophe-en-Oisans, Vallee de Malaval and Les Freaux-La Grave.

The organization of this alpine areas is based on the primary valley bases in the range: La Grave, La Berarde, Ailefroide, Valjouffrey and Valgaudemar

Getting There 

The primary access point to the range is Grenoble and from there Briancon. The gateway to the northern part of the range is La Grave, which is easily accessible by car as it lies on the main road linking Grenoble - Le Bourg D'Oisans - Col Du Lautaret - Briancon (N85 to N91). La Berarde on the Veneon valley is accessed by a narrow and steep road from Le Bourg D'Oisans. Ailefroide is accessible by car from Vallouise/Briancon. The Western part of the range is accessed from either Gap or Vizille and taking small roads from the N85 (Route Napoleon) to Valjouffrey and Valgaudemar.

Climbing Season

For the .Snow, Ice and Mixed area.

Weather station 27.0 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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Rock Climbing Photo: A view of the Barre and Dome de Neige des Ecrins f...

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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