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Topic - anybody traversed the Tete de La Gandoliere (Ecrins)?

c beechey - on 24 Sep 2012
This July, at the end of an Alpine holiday, we attempted the Traverse of the Tete de La Gandoliere direct from La Berade (Route 5a, page 66, AC guidebook) but we turned back 7 hours into the route, halfway up the Dome de La Gandoliere. The guidebook suggests a time of 11 hours from the valley for the complete traverse.
The route gave fantastic exposed rock climbing at around AD, but we saw no evidence of anybody having climbed it for years - no scratches, no abseil pegs in the approach couloir etc.
Our reason for turning back was just being overcautious as the rest of the route looked exposed and long with an unseen descent. We also had a ferry to catch the next day!
It would be great to get opinions on the route from anybody who has done this route in recent years as I would like to return.
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