Ascent of Cornettes de Bise on 2017-07-22

Climber: Richard Mclellan

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 Report

From 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
Ascent Statistics
    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
Descent Statistics
    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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