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Ascent of Mont Pourri on 2017-06-16

Climber: Jörn Fiege

Date:Friday, June 16, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mont Pourri
    Location:France
    Elevation:12398 ft / 3778 m

Ascent Trip Report

Even though Mont Pourri is the second highest mountain of the Vanoise, surpassed only by Grande Casse, it is receiving few visits. Maybe this is due to the mountain's name, which to my understanding translates into something like "rotten mountain" in English. To some extent this is true indeed for the glaciers surrounding this mountain are heavily crevassed. Consequently, any attempt on this mountain should be made early in the season.

My mountain guide had suggested the little village of Les Lanches as the starting point. An obvious trail runs up to the Refuge du Mont Pourri. Watch out for the shepherd dogs - personally, I cannot recall to have ever seen dogs this big. No hasty movements! Good we passed their inspection and could continue our walk to the Refuge du Mont Pourri (at about 2'370m elevation).

As it happened to be we were the only party to stay for the night. Probably a good thing as the hut is not that big. The way it was we spent an extremely nice evening, sharing meal (and drinks, too) with the young and very friendly warden.

The next day we left early, aiming for the moraine at the West side of the Glacier du Geay. As mentioned earlier this glacier is rather crevassed, however, this early in the season we could navigate around the crevasses without too much difficulty. Other than that there are really no technical difficulties on this mountain. Just before the summit the ice gets steeper (maybe 50 degrees?!) for a short section. Views are wonderful and after a well earned rest we retraced our steps for the descent.

A little detour though as we paid the former hut, now some kind of historic "museum", a visit. From here back to Refuge du Mont Pourri for a little rest and then back to the car. No major issues with the shepherd dogs as the shepherd himself was around this time. This summit concluded a six day excursion to the highest mountains in the Vanoise in simply perfect weather.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:7543 ft / 2298 m
    Total Elevation Loss:7543 ft / 2298 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.6 mi / 12.2 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Headlamp, Guide, Hut Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:7477 ft / 2278 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 7411 ft / 2258 m; Extra: 66 ft / 20m
    Loss on way in:66 ft / 20 m
    Distance:3.7 mi / 6 km
    Route:via Glacier du Geay
    Start Trailhead:Les Lanches  4987 ft / 1520 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:7477 ft / 2278 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 7411 ft / 2258 m; Extra: 66 ft / 20m
    Gain on way out:66 ft / 20 m
    Distance:3.9 mi / 6.2 km
    Route:via Glacier du Geay
    End Trailhead:Les Lanches  4987 ft / 1520 m



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