Beautiful day, already a lot of snow.
When we started the ascent, a small harmless avalanche came down from the first serrac. It stopped 200 m above us. In any case it was a very good wake up call at 6 AM in the morning.
The ascent is rather easy with the exception of the ice couloir just underneath the breche Lory. I would advice to take 4 to 5 icescrews in order to secure this short difficult part of the route since the ice couloir at the bottom ends in a large and deep ice crevasse.
Splendid view from the top (arrival 0930 AM)
great climb on a beautiful day, and a special one for my climbing partner and me: our first 4000 meter peak!
Easy but long snow walk uphill, except for the steep ice wall (60º, 15m) at Brèche Lory.
The view on the mont blanc is great!
A great day from refuge du Glacier Blanc, I had to wait till next year for la Barre.
Mind the crevasses. Ok, it's easy, but exposed to crevasses falls and sometimes serac falls on the lower slopes.
Nothing to mention, apart from a faint haze that made the surroundings a bit pale...Lots of people. I found the bergschrund a bit too wide and, as I was alone, didn't try the Barre itself.
this summit is one of the easiest '4000' of the Alps, that could justify the crowd !
Perhaps best to ski than to hike
A cracking climb although it took our group (of young, fit British Army soldiers!!) longer than the 2 3/4 hours stated in guidebooks (from R. des Ecrins).
The descent from the summit was crowded, with a bottleneck of 20 climbers descending the bergschrund at the same point. This was where the snow peak of the dome meets the rocky outcrop of the Barre des Ecrins itself.
Four days off from Holland. Got by hitchhiking and did the mountain with a friend!!!! Wonderful weather and a fantastic view. Wauw
Reached the summit of my first 4000 along the Normal Route with two friends from 'G.M. Texu', Luisma and Manuel. The weather was excellent, not a cloud, and just a bit breezy at the top. We didn't feel fit enough to head for the Barre, which was the original plan. Had to wait in line, both on the way up and down, at a tricky portion meters below the summit.
We did it with ski on a guided tour. After a good morning the weather changed to stormy and snowfall at the last hour. So it was more a struggle than pleasure. If snow conditons were good it would be great skiing downhill!
My first 4000m mountain !!!!