Dôme de Neige des Ecrins Climber's Log

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the.thys.family

the.thys.family - Sep 26, 2005 2:44 pm

Route Climbed: Normal with ice couloir to breche Lory Date Climbed: 21 september 2005  Sucess!

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)

Pietzl

Pietzl - Sep 13, 2005 4:49 am

Route Climbed: Normal route via Brèche Lory Date Climbed: 24 august 2005  Sucess!

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!

bruno baschung

bruno baschung - Sep 9, 2005 6:12 am

Route Climbed: normal Date Climbed: september 1979  Sucess!

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.



Bruno baschung

Claude Mauguier - May 17, 2005 8:29 am

Route Climbed: normal, north face over glacier Blanc Date Climbed: july 1987  Sucess!

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.

Thomas Gurviez

Thomas Gurviez - Feb 7, 2005 4:35 am

Route Climbed: brèche Lory normal Date Climbed: June 1993  Sucess!

this summit is one of the easiest '4000' of the Alps, that could justify the crowd !



Perhaps best to ski than to hike

Steve Pritchard

Steve Pritchard - May 23, 2004 10:21 am

Route Climbed: From the East, Glacier Blanc Date Climbed: 8 July 2003  Sucess!

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.

Eelconl

Eelconl - Feb 16, 2004 1:55 pm

Route Climbed: From La Bérarde Date Climbed: May 1997  Sucess!

Four days off from Holland. Got by hitchhiking and did the mountain with a friend!!!! Wonderful weather and a fantastic view. Wauw

Hector Garcia Hevia

Hector Garcia Hevia - Sep 10, 2002 5:16 am

Route Climbed: Normal Route (Glacier Blanc) Date Climbed: July 24th, 2002  Sucess!

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.

Mathias Zehring

Mathias Zehring - Jun 1, 2002 12:04 am

Route Climbed: normal route Date Climbed: April 29th 1999  Sucess!

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!

Madveras

Madveras - May 30, 2002 7:35 am

Route Climbed: North Face, normal way Date Climbed: August, 14th 2001  Sucess!

My first 4000m mountain !!!!

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