A nous la belle vie** 6a
350m, 12 pitches. Nice route, not too difficult for the grade. A few excellent pitches, a few mediocre ones.
Well bolted and an excellent rap line down beside it.
JM Cambon, Gerard Fiaschi 1994
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An excellent day out and a good choice to end this summer's Alps trip, with the higher routes being out of condition and an unbelievable amount of storms this year. The route has an alpine feel to it, as it's long and takes you up to around 3000m, but is well bolted (including the abseils) and is for the most part on sound rock. Some pitches are a little run out in places and the route is fairly sustained (with some good 5c+/6a climbing) making it good value. We started a little late and climbed it as a three (Roger Malone and Dave) but still managed to get to the final pitch as the two parties ahead of us were starting there abseiled descent. The route finding is quite obvious. The second from final pitch (from the large terrace) is slightly less obvious, as the bolts are quite spaced - just head up left on nice slabby rock though and will eventually find a bolt. Worth mentioning that the abseil from the top wont get you all the way to the next main abseil point on 50 m ropes - you need to abseil back to the terrace and then move accross and down the scree to the next abseil station. From there you can abseil to each well maintained abseil station on two 50m ropes (6 abseils I think to the first terrace and then an easy scramble off). A good day out!
carlh - AltLd O/S - Aug/14

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