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Via Crete Seche

Via Crete Seche

Via Crete Seche

Page Type: Route

Location: Val d'Aosta/Valais, Italy/Switzerland, Europe

Lat/Lon: 45.90410°N / 7.36590°E

Object Title: Via Crete Seche

Route Type: Basic Snow/Glacier Climb

Time Required: One to two days

Difficulty: F

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Page By: buxlex

Created/Edited: May 1, 2004 / May 1, 2004

Object ID: 160842

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Trailhead in Ruz: follow GETTING THERE section, in MAIN PAGE.

Route Description

Route n. 1 - from Crete Seche (beg. at Ruz village,1.696 m.)
From this side, Mont Gelè can be climbed in one day, but is highly recommended to rest a night in Rifugio Crete Seche, or Bivacco Spataro.
From Ruz village, follow footpath marked "2". An unpaved road can be followed and ends at Perrier alps (2.192 m.). The footpath is very steep and goes in straight line toward Rifugio Crete Seche (2h30min, 2.410 m.).
Follow the only marked trail and reach Bivacco Spataro (3h00min, 2.600 m.) without arriving at this shelter. Go ahead on Plan de la Sabbla: walk on left side of river, often dry at late season. The footpath turn in NW direction and begins to fade in a wide stony ground. Follow yellow signs and stone made "gnomes". Pass a narrow gully, very steep, and get a little plan, where first ice/snow will be found. The little Aroletta glacier let the hiker get to Colle del Mont Gelè (4h30m, 3.160 m.).
At Colle del Mont Gelè ends the trail of non-equipped hiker. Crampons, axe and rope are required from here to Mont Gelè summit.
From the pass, walk N toward Mont de la Balme, a stand alone rocky tooth, then proceed in WNW direction with a long half-way cross of higher Mont Gelè glacier. Once arrived close to the summit (a wooden cross on it), walk straight to, after passed terminal crevass. Awesome sightseen on Grand Combin, Arolla group, Otemma glacier, Matterhorn, Rosa (6h00min, 3.515 m.).
Warning: terminal crevass of Mont Gelè is very dangerous. Althought it is very little, a short summer snow will be enough to fill it and hide to hikers.

Essential Gear

Crampons, ice axe and light rope for basic glacier.

Miscellaneous Info

Rifugio Crete Seche and Spataro bivouac. Details are in MAIN page.


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