Ascent of Dent de Crolles on 2006-08-20

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:None.
Date:Sunday, August 20, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dent de Crolles
    Elevation:2061 m / 6765 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Dent de Crolles, 2082m, P684m

Map: 1:25k: 3334OT

Stats: 600mH, 5km (3km by direct route)

Time: 20 Aug 06, ascent 1h, descent 1:10

Start: from WSW, car park below Col de Coq, 7km N of St Ismier

Route: signposted GR route; path traversing ?SE below cliffs, then paintmarked route zigzagging up through terraces beside stream.
Descent N to rejoin GR route leading back to car park

Difficulties: short passages of scrambling on ascent through terraces: 1 hardish move assisted by cable; unprotected scrambling beside stream on wet limestone is simple but may be a little awkward to descend. Compass would be needed for descent to N in poor visibility. GR route descending SW to Trou du Glaz Grotte (cave) has passages of via ferrata (not expected from 1:25k mapping), not particularly exposed and excellent fun.

Trig point: mapped, not found. Could be under cairn.

Notes: Highly distinctive profile seen well from Autoroute to S, very impressive precipice dropping S from summit. Summit cross. Late evening, 1 party met descending the Dent, area generally fairly busy. Great views, especially of Piton de Bellefont to N.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:741 m / 2434 ft
    Elevation Loss:741 m / 2434 ft
    Distance:5 km / 3.1 mi
    Grade/Class:YDS 2+
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:662 m / 2172 ft
    Distance:2 km / 1.2 mi
    Route:path from car park below Col de Coq
    Trailhead:car park below Col de Coq  1399 m / 4593 ft
    Time Up:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:741 m / 2434 ft
    Extra Gain:79 m / 262 ft
    Distance:3 km / 1.9 mi
    Route:N then via GR route
    Trailhead:car park below Col de Coq  1399 m / 4593 ft
    Time Down:1 Hours 10 Minutes

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