Ascent to Dents du Midi-2884m on 2013-08-05

Climber: Chris Bee

Others in Party:Alissa
Date:Monday, August 5, 2013
Ascent Type:No Summit Goal
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Dents du Midi - 2884m
    Elevation:10686 ft / 3257 m

Ascent Trip Report

Woke up early and left the hut around 6h with my 9yr old daughter Alissa. Beautiful sunrise around the Salanfe valley. Terrain changed rapidly from Alpine pastures to steeper rocky scree paths. Very foreshortened views of the Dents. Reached Pierre Carree after about 3h steady climbing. Continued climbing started to reveal great views first of the surrounding Cols, the Lake & the Tour Saliere. Just below the ht, the view opened out completely to reveal the Mont Blanc massif, and the Swiss Alps from Zermatt to the Grand Combin. Superb! The hut is an aluminium box tied to the mountain. Guarded in Summer by a Swiss Alpine Club guardian - who was ready with hot mint tea! Took a long lunch break & many photos of the view & the glacier. Long descent back to Salanfe where we had a quick dip in the lake & Swiss Fondue at the refuge before continuing down to the car at the Vallon de Van. Superb trip very highly recommended - very proud of Alissa who took this fairly long & strenuous day (for a 9 yr old) in her stride! She was rewarded by a trip to the St Bernard dog kennels in Martigny on the way home!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4364 ft / 1330 m
    Total Elevation Loss:6109 ft / 1862 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.7 mi / 14 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Hut Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4364 ft / 1330 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Route:Trail via Pierre Carree
    Start Trailhead:Auberge de Salanfe  6322 ft / 1926 m
    Time:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:6109 ft / 1862 m
    Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Route:Trail via Pierre Carree & Auberge Salanfe
    End Trailhead:Vallon de Van  4577 ft / 1395 m
    Time:5 Hours 

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