Ascent to Le Roignais-below couloir on 2006-08-29

Climber: Rob Woodall

Date:Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Le Roignais - below couloir
    Elevation:9826 ft / 2994 m

Ascent Trip Report

Le Roignais, 2995m, P1028

Map: 1:25k: 3532OT

Stats: 350mH, 5km

Time: 29 Aug 06

Start: from southeast, Le Céré, 1852m, park by farm entrance

Route: hike the mapped road NW (becomes track), then ascend steep combe, grassy at first, stony higher up. The intention was to follow the combe until NE of the summit, then climb steep slopes from there to a col just NW of the summit, following the only info I’d found from the web:
However the weather turned wet, the cloud was low and there is no mapped path, and it didn’t look like the kind of route to do in those conditions, so I turned back at about 2200m.

Difficulties: finding the start point isn’t easy: network of narrow roads. Approach isn’t on map 3532OT so I was using 1:100k map. The route itself was graded F (31 Oct 2004) under snow: grade without snow unknown but likely to involve at least some scrambling, probably not very hard. Not in any of my guide books.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3750 ft / 1143 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3750 ft / 1143 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.5 km
    Route:via northeast couloir
    Start Trailhead:from southeast, Le Céré, 1852m  6076 ft / 1851 m
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:40 Minutes

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