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Ascent of Le Pécloz on 2006-08-21

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:None.
Date:Monday, August 21, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Le Pécloz
    Location:France
    Elevation:2196 m / 7208 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Mont Pécloz, 2197m, P679m

Map: 1:25k: 3432OT

Stats: 1300mH, 9km

Time: 21 Aug 06, ascent 3h, descent 2:15

Start: from W, 5km E of Ecole, car park for Chapelle N-D de Bellevaux.

Route: via Chapel, ruins and Col d’Armenaz, descent via Pecloz W ridge then through forest. (mapped “red” route thru forest not found: flowed “black” mapped route N then SW then W to join “red” route lower down.

Difficulties: minor scrambling on SE ridge of Pecloz, a little exposed near summit. W ridge relentlessly steep hence exposed, tending to be slippery. W ridge probably better in ascent than descent (but care needed finding start of track – leaves access road opposite large layby).

Trig point: not found: apparently one mapped.

Notes: fine mountain: N face as seen from north or from Col d’Armenaz is highly impressive. 3 tops of similar height, close together. Nutcracker (heard), Greyhen; 2 Apollo butterflies below col. A few walkers seen, none on Pecloz.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1328 m / 4360 ft
    Elevation Loss:1328 m / 4360 ft
    Distance:9 km / 5.6 mi
    Grade/Class:YDS 2+ (W ridge 3)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1328 m / 4360 ft
    Distance:5 km / 3.1 mi
    Route:from west, via Col d’Armenaz
    Trailhead:5km E of Ecole, car park for Chapelle N-D de Belle  868 m / 2848 ft
    Time Up:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1328 m / 4360 ft
    Distance:4 km / 2.5 mi
    Route:via west ridge
    Trailhead:5km E of Ecole, car park for Chapelle N-D de Belle  868 m / 2848 ft
    Time Down:2 Hours 15 Minutes



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