Ascent of Cornettes de Bise on 2017-07-22
|Others in Party:||Denise Mclellan|
|Date:||Saturday, July 22, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
|Peak:||Cornettes de Bise|
| Elevation:||7979 ft / 2431 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFrom the village of La chapelle d'Abondance we take the road N between The Marie and a small church. The tarmac road follows the valley for 1.2 miles ending at Chevenne where there is a large free car park (alt1235m N46.30986deg, E006.78638deg) and impressive picnic shelter.
We set off N at 09:45 up the steep stony vehicle track beside of the picnic shelter. The track ascends through forest and meadows, zigzags and at alt1433m reaches a signed junction with Pas de la Bosse to the left and the main track continuing right to Col de Verne (Vernaz). We go left, the track reaches a barn (Chalets de la Cheneau) at alt1577m and continues as a good path through meadows to Pas de la Bosse, alt1816m. From the col we take the well worn path SE through the meadow under the limestone crags of the S side of Cornettes de Bise. The path is marked by rather nice heads of chamoix painted red on a white background and ascends N on a slope of grass and limestone outcrops. The route picks an easy way through the steep limestone scenery, a few YDS2 moves but nothing exposed or difficult and being used by a couple with large friendly dog and another descending with child in backpack. An easy clamber up rock reaches the ridge and from here the path traverses E with a slightly exposed step to negotiate which the dog after hesitating, bounds across. This gains the S ridge of Cornettes de Bise the path following its E side past rock windows. I leave the path and climb the peak immediately S of the summit but there's a deep notch and loose rock to negotiate before the final ascent of grassy ridge to the summit cross where Denise is waiting having stayed on the path. The summit has a large cross, Switzerland / France border marker, wild flowers and fine views which include Lac Leman.
We descend on a path down the E side of the summit reaching a junction where we turn SE through meadows before traversing a smooth grassy hillside to an isolated barn (La Callaz) alt2067m. The path continues descending through meadows with profusion of colourful flowers to Col de Verne alt1814m. From the col a path descends SW through meadow to join the farm track at a junction marked only by a small cairn (alt1680m). We descend the farm track, which is a continuation of the one we'd started out on, back to the car park.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||3927 ft / 1196 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||3927 ft / 1196 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||7 mi / 11.3 km|
| Quality:||6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Scramble|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Breezy, Clear|
| Gain on way in:||3927 ft / 1196 m|
| Distance:||3.5 mi / 5.6 km|
| Route:||SW shoulder / ridge|
| Start Trailhead:||Chevenne, La Chapelle d'Abondance 4052 ft / 1235 m|
| Time:||3 Hours 45 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||3927 ft / 1196 m|
| Distance:||3.5 mi / 5.6 km|
| Route:||SE shoulder|
| End Trailhead:||Chevenne, La Chapelle d'Abonda 4052 ft / 1235 m|
| Time:||2 Hours 6 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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