The Innominata Ridge

The red line shows the route from a bit below the Eccles Bivy hut (the true name is the Lampugnani Bivouac) to where it reaches the ridge to Mont Blanc de Courmayeur.

Thanks to Andrea for the use of his excellent picture and subsequent help in identifying the location of the Eccles Bivy.

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Dow Williams

Dow Williams - Aug 27, 2009 9:39 pm - Voted 10/10

excellent

topo photo

mvs

mvs - Aug 28, 2009 11:21 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: excellent

Thanks, Dow. I'm obviously trying to emphasis the critical components...if I could make the Danger sign blink I would :-).

as

as - Aug 31, 2009 6:51 am - Voted 10/10

Eccles Biv.

Hi Michael,
I checked my guidebooks (Buscaini and Damilano) they both say the Eccels Bivy are on the SW ridge of Pic Eccles. The green spot on the photo seem to be on the SE ridge, according to the guidebooks (description and photos) the location of the Bivacs should be to the left of the green spot and somewhere in the triangle of the black arrow. I have never been there, I am just curious if the guides are also wrong (the maps definitely are).

mvs

mvs - Aug 31, 2009 8:37 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Eccles Biv.

I think you are correct. I couldn't see the bivy on the photo so I was guessing a bit. I'll fix asap and reply back...

mvs

mvs - Aug 31, 2009 3:47 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Eccles Biv.

I realize you are definitely correct. Because from the lower hut, you can look around the corner and see steep slopes of the Brouillard Glacier. I placed the green dot where I did because I was imagining that the open slope to the left must have been that feature, but it's not big enough, and there are no crevasses below. Also, I'm remembering on the hike up the glacier that there was a slight leftward curve just before getting on the rocks and scrambling to the Bivy. Thanks again for pointing it out! I'll edit the pic...

as

as - Sep 1, 2009 6:18 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Eccles Biv.

I have attached to your Innominata route page two scans from the guidebooks (Buscaini and Damilano) that show the position of the bivac. Grab them and then I will delete the pics from SP.
I think the Biv. is about where a vertical line, starting halfway from your black arrow line, intercept the SW ridge (and NOT where I said before at the triangle) well below and left of the green dot.
I agree, from all pict I have seen it is difficult to recognize the shape of p.Eccles and its ridges, but the white snowfield left of your green dot is on p.Eccles south face between the SE and SW ridges. ciao a.

mvs

mvs - Sep 2, 2009 12:13 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Eccles Biv.

Thanks, I have fixed it. You may need to refresh the page to see the new image. Thank you again!

Gabriele Roth

Gabriele Roth - Sep 1, 2009 11:19 am - Hasn't voted

New photo

showing the Lampugnani Bivouac from the Brouillard Glacier, little below the Punta Innominata

mvs

mvs - Sep 2, 2009 12:14 am - Hasn't voted

Re: New photo

Thanks Gabriele, that picture helped considerably. Let me try and use the correct name of the bivouac as well...

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