Am off to Areche Beaufort area in March time and wondered if people could give suggestions of tours to do in the area? I'd also be keen to break up skiing with climbing, I think it is too late for ice routes(?) so if anyone could recommend good alpine routes in the area it'd be appreciated. I've already looked on camptocamp, UKC and in the Bill O'Connor Ski Mountaineering book (the Haute Maurienne Traverse looks good.) I'm not a massive fan of crowded areas and enjoy a challenge, so quieter and adventurous routes of high quality are what I would be most interested in, though am open to all suggestions.
In reply to jonnie3430:
Can't really recomend any specific routes as my only trip there was plagued by bad weather but there are several guidebooks in French, and the IGN 1:25 000 map indicates the more popular routes
I know the area well and have done a bit of ice climbing around there. Most of the harder routes are over in the Contamines valley - which you can get to from the head of the Hauteluce valley and ski down or head over on one of the many ski routes around the tops - out of Les Sasies or over the back of the Cormet.
A lot of more mountain / alpine stuff at the head of the Cormet de Roseland and I know there are a few huts around there, as well as the refuge at the top of the pass making it popular for ski touring.
When I get home tomorrow I'll dig out a few maps and some of the stuff I've blagged from the Tourist info at Beaufort and Saises and see what I can send across to you.
Either way, there are some real gems around there and it is far from the madding crowd...
In reply to jonnie3430: Be warned about the Bill O'Connor books - they are a bit like Gastly Rabbitfats' ones, great for inspiration and original ideas, for just don't believe a word about the grades, timescales or what is realistic.
there are at least 2 guide books. There is a beaufortain/lauziere guide in the toponeige series and big coffee table book by Christophe Hagenmuller. Both of these are in french but with lots of pictures if your french isnt good. Beaufort and Areches are both excellent bases for touring. There are tons of possibilities but the Grand Mont, Grande Journee and Legette du Mirantin are all good peaks. I took an Eagles group there last Feb