Pointe du Vallon des Etages (3564 m), north face, "Gaz aux Etages"

A new route on the north face of the Pointe du Vallon des Etages (3564 m) opened with Yannick. 600m, TD+, rock V+/A1, ice 5. Gear: 8 ice(screws, 10 pitons, friends up to n°3.

A nice and very complete route, more diffcicult than the neighbouring Fourastier. It begins with steep thin ice (90°), then follows snow slopes and a small gully to reach the bottom of a steep rocky wall. From there, 5 pitches of V/V+ and a bit of A1, to finally reach thin ice (65°) before the ridge leading to the summit.

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Date: 
05/18/2007
Pointe du Vallon des Etages (3564 m), north face, "Gaz aux Etages"
The route drawn on a picture taken another day
Pointe du Vallon des Etages (3564 m), north face, "Gaz aux Etages"
The conditions we found on the mountain
Pointe du Vallon des Etages (3564 m), north face, "Gaz aux Etages"
The snow slope in the middle of the route
Pointe du Vallon des Etages (3564 m), north face, "Gaz aux Etages"
Rocky wall, 1st pitch
Pointe du Vallon des Etages (3564 m), north face, "Gaz aux Etages"
Pointe du Vallon des Etages (3564 m), north face, "Gaz aux Etages"
Pointe du Vallon des Etages (3564 m), north face, "Gaz aux Etages"
Rocky wall, 3rd pitch
Pointe du Vallon des Etages (3564 m), north face, "Gaz aux Etages"
The ice part just bellow the summit