Ascent to Sommet de la Frema-gendarme w of summit on 2019-10-18

Climber: Denise Mclellan

Others in Party:Richard Mclellan -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, October 18, 2019
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Sommet de la Frema - gendarme w of summit
    Elevation:8530 ft / 2599 m
    Remaining Elevation:482 ft / 147 m (5% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Summit not attained. Approached from Col des Champs to west in swirling cloud. Easy pleasant scramble along ridge but turned back 200m in distance and 100m in height from summit due to crumbly ridge and gendarme- not possible to go around or over with no climbing gear- also very crumbly and with steep drops. In hindsight may have been able to go round south from broad col further back and go round (south of) the awkward section, but no time to try ( plane to catch) and the route could have involved significant descent and reascent. No path was marked on the map/ visible on the ground in this well mapped, signed and walked area so we were not entirely surprised to find an issue on this apparently obvious route! We will return!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:8530 ft / 2599 m
    Route Conditions:
    Weather:swirling cloud
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:8530 ft / 2599 m
    Start Trailhead:0 ft / 0 m
Descent Statistics

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