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Ascent of Grand Som on 2006-08-20

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:None.
Date:Sunday, August 20, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Grand Som
    Location:France
    Elevation:2026 m / 6647 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Grand Som, 2026m, P886m

Map: 1:25k: 3334OT

Stats: 1180mH, 8km

Time: Sun 20 Aug 06, start 07:15, ascent 2:45, descent 1:45.

Start: from SSW, 1mi W of St Pierre-de-Chartreuse, mapped car park behind la Correrie Musee

Route: zigzags to Pas de la Suifre, then unmapped paintmarked path along N ridge to summit

Difficulties: N ridge path steep and scrambly but descendable facing forwards.

Trig point: small bolt/rivet with plain rounded top, just S of cross.

Notes: forest low down, fine rocky summit, big drop to W, fine 3-D Table d’orientation, metal cross. Path muddy and vegetation soaking from overnight rain – wet boots. Patchy cloudy view, Chamechaude partly visible, little else. Mapped path beyond Pas de la Suifre descends slightly before contouring round, hence I missed it, but enjoyed the N ridge path. 3 parties seen. Potentially shorter easier route available from E, Col de Cucheron
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1176 m / 3858 ft
    Elevation Loss:1176 m / 3858 ft
    Distance:8 km / 5 mi
    Grade/Class:YDS 2+
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1176 m / 3858 ft
    Distance:4 km / 2.5 mi
    Route:from St Pierre-de-Chartreuse, via Pas de la Suifre
    Trailhead:1mi W of St Pierre-de-Chartreuse, mapped car park   850 m / 2789 ft
    Time Up:2 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1176 m / 3858 ft
    Distance:4 km / 2.5 mi
    Route:via Pas de la Suifre
    Trailhead:1mi W of St Pierre-de-Chartreuse, mapped car park   850 m / 2789 ft
    Time Down:1 Hours 45 Minutes



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