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Ascent of Mont Lachat on 2022-03-04

Climber: Alfred E Neuman

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, March 4, 2022
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mont Lachat
    Location:France
    Elevation:6637 ft / 2022 m

Ascent Trip Report

What should have been an easy ascent became difficult after I lost the path in the snow. I ended up too far West and couldn't find a route through the prominent rock band a few hundred m below the summit. After going down several blind alleys, I eventually found a way up after some dicey scrambling, and reached the easier snow slopes to the summit. The snow was very deep and soft, but otherwise OK. Summit marked by an enormous cross and an orientation tablet. For the descent, I followed other tracks in the snow and found the much easier normal route through the rock band (just a path, no scrambling)
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View from the summit of Mont Lachat, with La Tournette in the background (2022-03-04). Photo by Alfred E Neuman.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4098 ft / 1249 m
    Trailhead:les Villards-sur-Thônes  2539 ft / 773 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 45 Minutes



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