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Ascent of Montagne de Céüse on 2010-06-02

Climber: Lee Newton

Date:Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Montagne de Céüse
    Location:France
    Elevation:2015 m / 6614 ft

Ascent Trip Report

A very pleasant route from the Céüse ski station at 1520m. I followed the obvious track directly south (up the valley) for 100m or so before it turns left. A steep pull brought me onto a ridge with a view across a shallow valley to the summit. Continued easy progress south with short grass underfoot brought me to the first of two little summits. A 10m descent and slightly more reascent brought me to the second, with one or two isolated pine trees offering some shade from the hot sun. The track descends briefly east, gently ascends northeast, and finally steeply east for the last couple of hundered metres. The actual summit and cairn are just out of sight during the last ascent but the view from the top is stunning. After such gently grassy slopes a huge, overhanging limestone cliff drops below your feet to the town of Gap in the valley. Innumerable snow-covered peaks define the main ridge of the Alps to the east and northeast, while directly across the valley northwards, the impressive Pic de Bure rises above you. Highly recommended, the views enabled by the separateness of the peak totally justify the use of prominence as a criterion for selecting hills to climb.

It would also be possible to cross the shallow valley directly from the first ridge and climb towards the summit but with inferior views. The mountain would be easy to ascend under any condition, also with snowshoes or skis in winter.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:584 m / 1922 ft
    Extra Gain:39 m / 131 ft
    Distance:7 km / 4.3 mi
    Route:Marked trail
    Trailhead:Ski station Céüse  1509 m / 4954 ft
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:40 Minutes



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