Ascent of Pointe Percée on 2016-10-07

Climber: Connor McEntee

Date:Friday, October 7, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pointe Percée
    Elevation:9022 ft / 2749 m

Ascent Trip Report

It was a beautiful day combined with a great hike. The views of Mount Blanc from the summit are stunning as you can fully appreciate how the mountain towers over everything around it.

The hike starts from the parking lot at Col des Annes. Google gave me bad directions and tried to get me to take dirt roads from another valley over a col. The correct road is paved all the way to Col des Annes. The path to the refuge follows a dirt service road for a ski lift initially. (The road is well graded, but has a few potholes and dips. It's possible to drive this and shave 120m off the climb. I encountered a vehicle doing so on my return.) After reaching the top of the ski lift a trail follows the ridge east and eventually climbs up to the refuge.

From the refuge the climbing trail can be a little confusing. The markings for the trail are not consistent and there seem to be multiple trails. Since it's just going across limestone stabs, it's easy to make your own path and navigate using the cairns. After a few minutes, the trail traverses north and ends up in a large drainage filled with scree below slabs and cliffs higher up. Here I encountered a whole heard of chamois. It seemed they were well accustomed to people and had no interest in moving even with climbers walking past them only 10 feet away.

The trail switchbacks up the scree slopes, and there was a large snowfield in the middle. Early in the year I imagine that this snowfield covers the scree and becomes an obstacle to negotiate. It was rock solid and there was no way I was going to be able to walk across it. I made a mistake and went around it on the south, because there were solid slaps to scramble over rather than trudge through scree. However, it turns out that the trail picks up in the cliffs on the north side of the snowfield. I ended up climbing higher off trail and eventually traversing over. Once on the climbers trail on the rocks, it's simply following the painted marks up the mountain to the summit ridge and then a short traverse north to the summit itself.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3632 ft / 1106 m
    Extra Gain:118 ft / 35 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:Normal Route
    Trailhead:Col des Annes  5626 ft / 1714 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 3
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 41 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 24 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Connor McEntee
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