Ecrins 1993

My first ‘alpine climbing trip’ was with Tom Galvin in the Ecrins. We met up at La Berarde and managed a few interesting routes. I had pencilled in the five hardest routes in the guidebook. Tom wisely suggested we start with something a bit easier, which we did.

Pic Nord des Cavales bivvy spot
Pic Nord des Cavales bivvy spot

We headed up to the Pic Nord des Cavales and bivvied near the tip of the west ridge (D+ V 450m) which we climbed the following day.

Bivvy on south side of Barre des Ecrins
Bivvy on south side of Barre des Ecrins

Next we headed up and did the South-North traverse of the Barre des Ecrins. There was an error in the guidebook description which sent us left rather than right at a critical point and cost us a lot of time. It was a long long day by the time we were back in La Berarde.

Walking down from the Barre des Ecrins
Walking down from the Barre des Ecrins

Then we headed up to bivvy behind the Soreiller refuge and we climbed the excellent Voie Madier or S Face Direct route at TD

Amazing rock
Amazing rock

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