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Ascent of La Tournette on 2006-08-24

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:None. A few oother climbers seen on route.
Date:Thursday, August 24, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:La Tournette
    Location:France
    Elevation:2350 m / 7713 ft

Ascent Trip Report

La Tournette 2351m, P1514m

Map: 1:25k: 3431OT

Time: ascent 2h, descent 1:30 (but typical round trip time given as 5h)

Start: from WNW, car park at Chalet d’Aulp, 6km N of Montmin (2km of rough track, OK in normal 2wd car), or park at les Pres Ronds to S

Route: mapped paintmarked track, passing E of Refuge, then S, N, then S to summit.

Difficulties: beyond 2301m, several passages of scrambling, protected by chains etc; 2 ladders on final summit climb. One part of descent was wet following morning rain, slippery and awkward, protected by chain.

Trig point: mapped, but not found at summit

Notes: superb architecture, appears impregnable from all directions. Cross at summit.

Wildlife: Ibex commonly reported: seen on initial ascent, near refuge and just N of summit. Black Redstart near refuge; Alpine Accentor heard higher up. A few other walkers, despite low cloud.

Weather: Heavy rain started just before I got down – path across meadows extremely slippery – keep to grass to stay upright!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1916 m / 6289 ft
    Elevation Loss:1916 m / 6289 ft
    Distance:6.5 km / 4 mi
    Grade/Class:YDS 3
    Route Conditions:
Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1916 m / 6289 ft
    Distance:3.2 km / 2 mi
    Route:path from Chalet d’Aulp
    Trailhead:Chalet d’Aulp  434 m / 1424 ft
    Time Up:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1916 m / 6289 ft
    Distance:3.2 km / 2 mi
    Route:Same as ascent
    Trailhead:Chalet d’Aulp  434 m / 1424 ft
    Time Down:1 Hours 30 Minutes



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