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Ascent of Mont Ventoux on 2008-04-04

Climber: Peter Stone

Others in Party:Jill Stone
Twm Stone
David Stone
Ceri Stone
Patrick Stone
Date:Friday, April 4, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mont Ventoux
    Location:France
    Elevation:6270 ft / 1911 m

Ascent Trip Report

After watching the weather forecasts for a week waiting for the mistral to diminish we drove up from our base in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and parked at Chalet Reynard, half-way up the road from the south, at which point the road was closed by a seasonal gate. We then walked up the road to the top partly on tarmac and partly on snow in beautifully clear and sunny but still very windy conditions. The road from the north was completely snowbound.

The summit area is somewhat spoiled by buildings, antennae, etc, but at least at this time of year it was pretty much deserted and the great views south over Provence and north to the Alps were absolutely gorgeous. Of course the classic way to ascend this iconic mountain is on a bicycle (it is frequently included on the Tour de France) and even at this time of year a few hardy Frenchmen were attempting this despite having to portage over all the snow!
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The summit area of Mont Ventoux. Highest mountain in Vaucluse and famous ascent on the Tour de France (2008-04-04). Photo by Peter Stone.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1621 ft / 494 m
    Trailhead:Chalet Reynard  4649 ft / 1417 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Snow on Ground



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