Ascent of Le Grand Arc on 2006-08-30

Climber: Rob Woodall

Date:Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Le Grand Arc
    Elevation:8150 ft / 2484 m

Ascent Trip Report

Le Grand Arc, 2484m, P693m; Le Petit Arc, 2365m, P~25m; Char de la Turche, 2010m, P55m

Map: 1:25k: 3432ET

Stats: 1080mH, 8km

Time: 30 Aug 06, ascent 2h, descent 1:45

Start: from S, parking at Barbet, 4km NE from Montsapey, road then roughish forest track (unable to drive to mapped higher car park at elev 1690m due to forest operations)

Route: mapped signed path via Source de Chenalet, Char de la Turche (2010m/P50) to Le Grand Arc, returning via Le Petit Arc (2365m/c.P30) and Lac Noir

Difficulties: easy scrambling, mainly W ridge of Le Grand Arc (reminiscent of Pen yr Helgi Du W ridge, N Wales, UK) and (slightly harder) Pas de Chevres on descent, past Lac Noir

Trig point: Char de la Turche: not found. Le Grand Arc: 15cm granite block on concrete base. X inscribed on top, IGN on side, both marked in red.

Notes: fine hill, mainly grassy, with rocky ridges and summit; fine Table d’orientation (which was covered in hoar frost, as were the ridges above 2300m). Views limited by cloud. Several parties seen ascending
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3851 ft / 1172 m
    Extra Gain:262 ft / 79 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:Barbet path
    Trailhead:Barbet, 4km NE from Montsapey  4823 ft / 1470 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 2
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 45 Minutes

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