Ascent of Le Grand Thur on 2010-12-12

Climber: Lee Newton

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, December 12, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Le Grand Thur
    Elevation:758 m / 2487 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Surprisingly this little hill near the very southern end of the Jura mountain chain is the 4th most prominent hill in the French Jura, and the 11th most prominent over the whole range.

The drive from the Mollard de Don had taken longer than anticipated and it was getting dusky as I reached the small village of Izieu. Locating the minor road leading uphill to the northeast was no problem and I could drive to approx. 550m altitude where there was some space to park by the roadside before a couple of hairpin bends.

Walking uphill past the bends the road is not public anyway but on foot I quickly reached the junction where an obvious track heads north up the hill. After a steady climb of just under a km, keep left each time as the track forks 3 times in quick succession.

By this time it was very dark in the forest and I had to start using my headtorch. The path led up to the summit area, passing a very minor summit on the left before going downhill for 20m or so. At this point the path continues but the summit is approximately (I didn't measure) 50m into the trees to the right. After a few minutes looking I found the highest ground, where there is actually a metal marker pole on the spot. After proceeding down the ridge to the north to satisfy myself no higher ground was there I took the same route back to the car now in the pitch dark and set off on the long drive home.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:209 m / 683 ft
    Distance:4 km / 2.5 mi
    Trailhead:549 m / 1804 ft
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Breezy
Dusk to Dark
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:40 Minutes

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