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Ascent of Le Grand Colombier on 2022-01-22

Climber: Richard Harbron

Date:Saturday, January 22, 2022
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Le Grand Colombier
    Location:France
    Elevation:5023 ft / 1531 m

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed from the train station at Culoz via a track leading up the impressive South face, then over deep snow along the ridge up to the summit. On a couple of occasions I made the mistake of following the crest of the ridge too closely, leading to dangerous exposed climbing. The summit is marked by a trig point, with an electricy pylon a little further down. There is another summit immediately to the North, but this appears to be lower.

A long, challenging day, which only increased my disdain for people who drive their cars up, then claim to have 'climbed' the mountain. Please don't do this. Grand Colombier is an impressive mountain, especially from the South side, and deserves better than this.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4272 ft / 1302 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:Frigid, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4272 ft / 1302 m
    Distance:8.8 mi / 14.2 km
    Route:From Culoz
    Start Trailhead:Culoz  751 ft / 228 m
    Time:3 Hours 55 Minutes
Descent Statistics



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