OverviewEasy and beautiful climb on solid granit rock - 200m
Approach : 3h00 / Climb : 1h30
Full descent : 3h30
Once on top, you have a beautiful view of la Meije, le Râteau and la Grande Ruine.
A delight for those climbers wanting to start with an easy route to get use the Ecrins area. Good as well, for those to test themselves on climbing autonomously.
> From Refuge du Chatelleret, walk up to the Col du Clot des Cavales (2h30),
then keep on to the bottom of the South Ridge (0h30)
> Some snow, with a very steep final part to reach the Col du Clot des Cavales.
Then you walk on the top part of the Glacier du Clot des Cavales.
You start with a long slab up a small breach.
Then turn on your right to properly start with the ridge.
The path is then quite obvious up to the top.
A few piton are there to provide you with direction and safety ;o)
Some parts are very easy II climbing, some part requires a bit more attention with level III. Anyhow, all the way up is a beautiful and relaxing climb.
On your way down, you take the same path. A couple of belays are useful to go the III parts.
You can avoid going on the Glacier section by using 3 belays. But the spot is not easy to find. My best suggestion is to ask at the Refuge du Chatelleret.
Crampons + ice axe
Ropes : 50m is enough, but 2 ropes of 50m can be useful to be faster on the way down
A few slings and quickdraws necessary. No friends needed.