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Mont Pelvoux

Hautes-Alpes, FRANCE

Climbs 9 – Rocktype Granite – Altitude 3353m a.s.l – Faces ?

Crag features
A massive mountain, with huge elevation gain from all sides. Also a distinct lack of huts, cablecars etc - this is adventure terrain, with long walk ins, loooong routes (often well over 1500m) and some dubious rock. Never to be underestimated.

Guidebooks
Oisans Nouveau Oisans Savage - Livre Est 2011 (2011), Oisans Nouveau, Oisans Sauvage - Est (2004), Ecrins Massif (2002), Guide du Haute-Dauphine Massif des Ecrins, tome 1 (1995), Ecrins Park - Dauphine Alps (1986), Snow and Mixed Climbs, Ecrins East, Cerces, Queyras

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGradex
1South FacePD 4
2Violettes GlacierPD 1
3Coolidge Couloir Mont PelvouxPD 28
4Pelvoux TraversePD ***27
5Mettrier CouloirAD 7
 Climb nameGradex
6North RidgeTD 1
7North Face - Central Ice SlopeTD  
8Violettes RidgeD  
9North Couloir of the East col of the Pelvoux, 3610m.D ***1
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Access notes
There are lots of ways to approach. Either from Ailefroide, or the Pre de Mme Carle roadheads. The only hut is high on the flanks and is approached from Ailefroide. You can stay at Pre de Mme Carle but it doesn't gain you much. On the northern side, you can bivi above the glacier noir under some obvious boulders which leaves some walking to be done, or you can sleep below the face on the glacier. Or skip the bivi altogether meaning you don't need to take gear.

On the Southern side the walk to the hut is approx 2-3 hours and 1000m of ascent, leaving a good chunk of ascent for the morning. The huts OK, but nothing to write home about.

On the eastern side, there are ledges and paths from either Ailefroide or PdMC which allow access to the Neve Pellisier, which are more normally used for descent of the traverse, but which provide access to some of the big routes on this side, like couloir Chaud.

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