The normal route from the Réfuge des Ecrins over the col Emile Pic was a bit more difficult then expected during our climb on 20 September 2005. Normally, the couloir is covered with ice and snow. However, at this moment of the year, everything has melted away. The anchor halfway the couloir hangs about 2 m above the route, so we left one of my slings attached to it, to make it easily accessible again. The climb through the couloir itself is a bit tricky since the debris of rock that is left, falls apart. If it continues like this, it will be a complete rock route in a couple of years.