Ascent of La Peyrouse on 2010-08-02

Climber: Lee Newton

Date:Monday, August 2, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:La Peyrouse
    Elevation:5610 ft / 1709 m

Ascent Trip Report

Starting from Laffrey, on the road from Grenoble to Gap, one can find a minor road leading up to the village of Notre Dame de Vaulx. The first major turning right is signposted Chalet de l'As. Take this road, which zigzags uphill, deteriorating as it climbs. In 2010 some sections were certainly requiring care to pass in a car with normal clearance. Park either at the Chalet (which is in fact a rather ugly building), just before the broken tarmac runs out alt. ~1470m, or continue about 400m further up the roughest bit of road which ends in a grass parking area lined by electric fences.

The path(s) run easily along the ridge from the parking area to the summit. The chief danger was a large and frisky herd of cows, one of whom was actually bellowing and pawing the ground like it was doing a comedy bullfight impression. I was not laughing since cows can be surprisinglz dangerous, and gave them a wide berth. At the top, I watched as a wall of rain engulfed the valley to the south and travelled quickly towards me. A quick jog back to the car kept me just ahead of it but I had to do the return drive down the hill in monsoon conditions. It was time to head back home but there's so many great and varied hills around Grenoble, I'll surely be back before long.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:819 ft / 248 m
    Extra Gain:16 ft / 4 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Route:N ridge
    Trailhead:Chalet de l'As  4823 ft / 1470 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Thunderstorm, Cool, Windy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Time:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:15 Minutes

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