Mountaineering in Les Ecrins

I am just back from a successful week in Les Ecrins with Natalie and Marcus.

We travelled on Monday from Chamonix to La berarde before walking into the Refuge de la Pilatte. The next morning we climbed Mont Gioberney (3352m). The route was in excellent condition. We wore crampons from the hut to the summit and back.

Marcus and Natalie near the summit of Mont Gioberney.

Marcus and Natalie near the summit of Mont Gioberney.

The next day we spent some time climbing on the granite crags of the Ailefroide valley before walking to the Refuge Glacier Blanc. The temperature on Thursday morning was very cold giving great snow conditions for our ascent of the Pic du Glacier d’Arsine (3364m). We climbed the mountain from the Col du Glacier Blanc giving us some fun scrambling before the snow arête beyond. After descending the mountain we ascended the Glacier Blanc to overnight at the Refuge des Ecrins.

Barre des Ecrins from near the Refuge des Ecrins.

Barre des Ecrins from near the Refuge des Ecrins.

Today we climbed Roche Faurio (3730m) before returning to the valley. The conditions on both Roche Faurio and the Glacier Blanc were excellent.

A team on the ascent of Roche Faurio.

A team on the ascent of Roche Faurio.