Le Pylone** WI4
[The enigmatically named 'Le Pylone' (WI4), 2 kb]60m, 2 pitches. Great ice climb , about 40 mins from the road.
Approach: A few metres left of the ski lift in La Grave is a steep path leading down to a bridge across the stream. Cross the bridge and follow the tracks going right. The first branch from this off left on the flat leads some boulders: ignore this and keep going a little further parallel to the stream and take the first left up fairly steeply to the route.
Two pitches with an easier grade 3 variation to the left.
Descent: a single abseil from the tree at the top on a 60m rope.
Pascal Sombardier and Bruno Douillet 1978

Photo: The enigmatically named 'Le Pylone' (WI4) © Dave Williams
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Stuart Wildman - Lead O/S - 17/Mar/15 with Andy Levitt

Lead 2nd pitch.Good conditions,if a bit warm..
Ronan72 - AltLd O/S - 24/Feb/15 with Jake Mason

Marti999 - Lead O/S - 04/Feb/15 with Debbie

I led P1, in very thin condition with bullet hard ice. Single abseil (60m) down the right hand side.
Roberttaylor - AltLd O/S - 05/Jan/15

Pitch 2. Ice a bit grim in places but manageable
JHolland - AltLd - 05/Jan/15

Lead first pitch
neilwiltshire - AltLd O/S - 31/Jan/14 with Simon Kemper

jshields - AltLd - 29/Jan/14 with Jeff Ingman

luckyjim - AltLd - 28/Jan/14 with D Helm

2nd Pitch. Thin but fine.
Ben1983 - AltLd O/S - 30/Dec/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Dec/13

Ice was very brittle on first pitch due to temps, making it ferl quite hard! Second pitch ok with lots of placements but very cold hands!
Rachel Slater - 2nd O/S - 22/Feb/13 with Olli Crudge, Tony Walker

Started On the right belayed from the left hand belay. Hard Ice on either side and wet in the middle.
Olli-C - 2nd - 22/Feb/13 with Tony Walker, Rachel Slater

Hidden - AltLd - 03/Feb/13

Kirill - Lead O/S - 13/Jan/13 with Mike Moss

Right hand side this time. First waterfall ice lead!
Steve Wakeford - AltLd - 12/Jan/13

Did left in one pitch, which is more of a WI3 but you NEED a 60 metre rope to do it in one.
Steve Wakeford - 2nd - 10/Jan/13

Started on the right, but a lot of water was dripping down onto the RH belay, so crossed over to the LH belay, and finished the route on the left. A nice enough route both nothing special, a bit disapointed.
GaryK - Lead O/S - 02/Jan/13 with Christine Paterson

Hidden - Lead - 29/Jan/12

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 20/Jan/12

Only did the left hand first pitch due to time constraints. RHS was not fully formed.
LardClimber - Lead - 03/Jan/12 with Andy Buckley, Dave Williams

andybuckley - 2nd - 03/Jan/12 with James Dynes, Dave Williams

Big Lee - Lead O/S - 06/Feb/11 with Stewart Young

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 29/Jan/11

Climbed LH then abbed down and climbed RH.
Jim Slater - AltLd O/S - 17/Jan/11 with Phil Lee

Super chunk of ice. Paul managed to 2nd the full 70m with a bit of messing on the belay!
NeilGriffiths - AltLd - 30/Dec/10 with Charles, Paul Morgan

feilx - AltLd O/S - 13/Mar/10

andybuckley - AltLd - 23/Feb/10 with James Dynes

LardClimber - AltLd - 23/Feb/10 with Andy Buckley

We climbed the right-hand side. The condition was very good if a little brittle; at least there was no hollow ice like in mid-December 2008, where I lead the P1 of the same line. After the P1 (half-way at the cave), we decided to go back down (as the time was pressing), so I abbed off.
masa-alpin - Lead dnf - 13/Feb/10 with Graeme B

feilx - Lead O/S - 03/Feb/10 with Floris

Becky E - 2nd - 02/Feb/10 with Phil Lee

Hidden - Lead - 25/Jan/10

sadams - 2nd - 17/Mar/09 with Eric Hildrew

innes - Lead dnf - Feb/09 with Tom B

Jez - AltLd O/S - 26/Jan/09 with Maybe_Si

machars - AltLd O/S - 25/Jan/09 with Eric Herring

stevepotter - 2nd - 24/Jan/09 with Dave H

ericinbristol - AltLd O/S - Jan/09 with Graeme Barr

jam_rich - Lead O/S - Jan/09

Swirly - AltLd - Jan/09 with Sam

Hidden - 2009

left hand variant. first water ice lead
gb83 - AltLd O/S - 16/Dec/08 with masa

right hand variant, 1st pitch only
gb83 - 2nd O/S - 16/Dec/08 with masa

I lead P1, and Graeme did P2 his first proper lead on ice.
masa-alpin - AltLd O/S - 16/Dec/08 with Graeme B

Repeat as did with Emily last year - slightly less formed, took the steeper right hand side again with a semi-hanging belay this time!
Chad123 - AltLd rpt - 13/Feb/08 with James Humble

Easy enough first pitch, but a lot of snow on it. 2nd pitch quite steep (took left line) with a tricky exit up the rock top tree. Got down to find our mate had fallen off the second pitch and an avalanche had buried our sacks.
Morgan Woods - Lead O/S - 04/Feb/08 with Rob, Dee & Ted

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 04/Feb/08

maybe_si - AltLd O/S - 26/Jan/08 with jez

Somerset swede basher - AltLd rpt - 10/Jan/07 with Nick Roberts

Nicos - Lead O/S - 10/Jan/07 with keith leonard

First experiance of Ice climbing
The Mountain Goat - TR O/S - 07/Jan/07 with Dom, John, Nick, Dave, Adam

Somerset swede basher - Lead O/S - 05/Jan/07 with Jon, John, Nick, Taff and Dave

First ever WI climb, fantastic route!!
hallex - 2nd O/S - 05/Jan/07 with Dom, Nick, John, Jon and Dave

nmwr - Jan/07

Gustav - 2nd O/S - Jan/07 with Rich Cross and Rab/Climber comp winners

nmwr - AltLd - 2007

Hidden - 18/Jan/06

Allan Young - 2nd dog - 14/Jan/06 with Paul Sambrooks

first ice climbing quality stuff
lewisl - TR dog - Jan/06 with Katie

andyinglis - AltLd - Jan/06 with Ally Fulton

nmwr - AltLd - Jan/06

Sandy P - Jan/06

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jan/06

Neil Adams - 2006

PK - Feb/05

Christian Beck - Lead O/S - Feb/05

FrankW - Lead O/S - 25/Jan/05 with Lou, Joe

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jan/05

With Oli Brown
Scotsken - AltLd O/S - Jan/05

left hand side
Tim W - Lead O/S - 12/Feb/04 with Andrew Davidson

Hidden - Lead O/S - Feb/04

tim_mcd - Feb/04

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 10/Jan/04

industrialiceman - 2nd - 17/Dec/03

smithaldo - Lead O/S - 02/Feb/03 with malden

BenTiffin - Feb/03 with Dan Robinson

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 2002

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Jan/01

mark4344 - 2nd - Jan/01 with dave t , Andy Philipson

Hidden - Feb/00

freeheel47 - Lead rpt - Feb/99

First ice climb
Paul-Michael - 2nd O/S - Jan/99 with Steve H

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