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