Limestone and Granite in the Alps

David and I have had a great week in the Alps together. We completed the following;

Day 1. Rock climbing at Le Fayet and the walk into Refuge Col de la Vanoise.

Day 2. The Traverse of the Aiguille de la Vanoise.

Day 3. The Traverse of the Grand Perron.

Day 4. Via Corda Alpina near Chamonix.

Day 5. The Traverse of Pointe des Verts in Les Aravis.

Day 6. The descent from the Refuge Gramusset and rock climbing at Col de la Colombiere.

Pointe du Midi

Perfect limestone on the Pointe du Midi.

Perfect limestone on the Pointe du Midi.

Martin and I were out in the Chaine du Bargy mountain range today. We climbed Tchao Godillo on the Pointe du Midi. This gave an excellent 300 metre route and abseil descent which will be a perfect warm up for our next objective.

This is the second route Martin and I have climbed on this peak. Both have been on perfect limestone and have been very varied in their climbing.

Chaine du Bargy

Rosie climbing above the Col de la Colombiere.

Rosie climbing above the Col de la Colombiere.

 

The Chaine du Bargy is a brilliant area approximately one hour from Saint Gervais. It is very popular with road cyclists where the principal challenge is the Col de la Colombiere. Rosie and I cycled this yesterday.

Today, we climbed on the Falaise de la Colombiere. This gives excellent routes on quality limestone up to 80 metres high. I have climbed on other cliffs in this area previously. For example, on the 4th September 2012 Martin and I climbed on the Pointe Du Midi. A report can be found on the blog.

I would recommend this area to anyone who likes climbing multi pitch limestone, completing via ferratas, hill walking or road cycling in a beautiful unspoilt area which receives lots of sunshine.

Rosie cycling towards the Col de la Colombiere.

Rosie cycling towards the Col de la Colombiere.