Climbed with my loved Inti e Uli Siberian Huskies
We got there through the Couloir Paillot, PD+. There are some rocks in the couloir where slings can be attached. Great climb.
My first ascent at high altitude.
Glacier cconditions ahev changed since then, Col emile Pic is not so easy (quite rocky now)
as a warm up before Dôme
First up after a load of fresh snow (in June??) which made it much more enjoyable. Made it back down to the refuge before the sun hit the snow or the glacier so no troubles. Great experience for a rookie like me.
Left from Refuge du Glacier Blanc at 5am and reached the summit (only) around 1.30 pm (luckily the weather was nice the whole day). We had some difficulties to get through the couloir onto the col (mainly because of terrible snow conditions, advise : leave early!). From there, easy to reach the summit.
We abseiled back down through the couloir and continued from there to Refuge des Ecrins where we arrived around 3 pm.
Easy climb all together, with the exception of the couloir which can in certain cases be tricky (as we experienced :-)
Jean Philippe, Philippe and I initiated route at 4h45 am from Glacier Blanc Hut (2542m). When we got to the final corridor, a Polonese couple joined us. Situation was a bit delicate with ice and wind to pass the big cornice(see photo: http://www.summitpost.org/image/313076/150894/cornice-at-pic-neige-cordier-alps-ecrins.html) finally we reached all succesfully summit (3614m) at 9h15am. Descent with abseil was fun later on. Celebrations back in the Ecrin's Hut, looking forward to climb the Barre des Ecrins the following day. This Pic was an excellent alpine experience !
east-west traverse from Villar d'Arene : ascent through Plate des Agneaux pass, descent through Des Agneaux glacier
Bivouac near Arsine left bank moraine, col de la Plate, then the icy ridge to the top. Back along the normal route to Ecrins hut.
Exactly the same route as John Cousins'. This is a good route for a beginner to attempt (with a guide), as a prelude to the Barre des Ecrins or Dome de Niege. A good, airy scramble to the top.
An excellent peak to climb en-route to Barre des Ecrins. Climbed with partner Annie Coyle. This was Annies second alpine peak.
day1: camp site at Ailfroide to refuge Glacier Blanc.
day2: refuge Glacier Blanc to Pic Neige Cordier. Very cold conditions with a north wind. Then descended to refuge Ecrins. N.B due to late start encountered melting snow on descent causing both parties to fall and use ice axe brake, this provided some amusement for French party (father and son) below.
day3. refuge Ecrins to Dome de neige and back to Ailfroide.