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Pyramides Calcaires
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Pyramides Calcaires

 
Pyramides Calcaires

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Aosta, Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 45.76323°N / 6.81142°E

Object Title: Pyramides Calcaires

County: Val d'Aosta

Activities: Trad Climbing, Sport Climbing

Season: Summer

Elevation: 8944 ft / 2726 m

 

Page By: Gabriele Roth

Created/Edited: Sep 6, 2008 / Sep 19, 2008

Object ID: 439689

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Overview

Pyramides Calcaires is a twin summits (2726m the N summit and 2689m the S one) placed at the bottom of the Val Veni ... just above the Rifugio Elisabetta and very near the Col de la Seigne.

  • Their profile is very smart and captures the eyes of the ones who walk up along the valley
  • Their colour points out that they are really an intruder in the surrounding kingdom of granite.

    The rock is a (almost everywhere) good limestone covered by grass in its less steep parts
     
    Pyramides Calcaires
     

    I've been climbing here once (in the past century), in a lazy afternoon spent on the meadows near the Col de la Seigne and the Rifugio Elisabetta and I can remember an unroped climb along an easy ridge,
    trying to find, on its sides, some fine slabs to climb on
    ... so it was a climb, walk, descend, cross, climb etc.

    Getting There

    From Milan-Turin along the highway of Mont Blanc up to Courmayeur (toll)exit before the tunnel !
    From Courmayeur follow signs for Notre Dame de la Guerison - Val Veny.
     
    val Veny - le Pyramides...
     

    The narrow road, after some hairpins, enters the valley on its right (orographic) side (S), just in front of the Brenva glacier (wonderful views !) then goes on up to the Combal plain where you must park your car.
    Here you can make a little excursion to give a look to the (very fine) Combal lake ...

    With an absolutely comfortable walk along a dirt road you arrive near the Rifugio Elisabetta Soldini (2195m) and at the feet of the S summit
    (here some military posts digged in the rock - worth to be visited - carry a lamp)

    Routes overview

     
    The eastern spur of Pyramids Calcaires <br> and  Elisabetta Soldini Hut
     

    An easy (1°-2° UIAA) ridge (E spur) starts just few meters behind the Rifugio Elisabetta and goes on, passing a grassy shoulder, to the S summit.

    To the same summit a not difficult (3° UIAA) route follows the S ridge (in the left skiline in the photo beside) that can be got along the path to Col de la Seigne

    The N summit is easy to be climbed from the notch between the two summits

    You can/could "open" here your personal route along the limestone slopes coming down from the ridges

    On their sides a lot of sport climbing (1 or 2 pitches) routes (see the book under)

    Accomodations

    Rifugio Elisabetta Soldini - very comfortable - Ph n°: +39 165 844080

    Books

    Massimo Bal, Parick Raspo - Mani Nude - Arrampicata sportiva in Valle d' Aosta
    ISBN: 88-901125-0-6
    Martini Multimedia Editore. Fra Ronc Inferiore, 15 - 11027 Saint-Vincent - Italie

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