Left from Refuge des Ecrins at about 5 am in the morning and reached the summit at approx. 9 am. We had to wait a little bit for the last (rocky) part as another group was descending when we arrived and the summit cannot exactly host a lot of people (sorry for the cordée jut behind who we kept waiting!).
Wonderful weather with great views.
From there straight back down to Ailefroide.
Route Climbed: normal from glacier Blanc Date Climbed: aug 1980
Fine weather, after an ugly night in Ecrins hut (room for 120, but 300 persons were present...!). I should have choosen a bivouac on the flat medium glacier, like the 159th Alpine Battalion, whose soldiers had a quiet night !
"Got tight last night on absinthe and did knife tricks. Great success shooting the knife into the piano. The woodworms are so bad and eat hell out of all furniture that you can always claim the woodworms did it."