Altitude 4102m a.s.l
Barre des Ecrins NE Ridge © Martin Haworth
The Barre has different faces of vastly differing charachter. The Northern slopes are the usual mode of ascent, with a large glacier (Glacier Blanc) and by this face there are several routes. Almost entirely snow and ice until you reach the summit ridges, these do not exceed AD+. The southern aspects are far more serious with 1500m rock routes. Whilst accomodation in the form of the Refuge Carron (Écrins) and numerous bivouac sites are available on the northern side, the southern side is a more natural affair with bivouacs at the head of the Glacier Noir beneath a group of large boulders and a relatively easy approach from Pre de Mme Carle. The alternative approach from the La Berade side passes the Refuge de Col de Temple and has equally serious faces - with many 800m TD routes. Overall a magnificent mountain worthwhile from any aspect.
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