Ascent of Grand Ballon on 2011-09-02

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Andrew Tibbetts
Date:Friday, September 2, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Grand Ballon
    Elevation:4672 ft / 1424 m

Ascent Trip Report

To be completed...

We climbed this easy hill in the dark, after our Piz Lagrev ascent. There are two trail heads: a car park at xxx (follow signs for Sommet) or it is possible to get a little closer by starting at the chalets further up the road (follow the unpaved road). We went up from the car park, down to the chalets then walked down the road - all very easy, even in the dark.
The natural high point has a trig point (stone block with top surface inscribed with an X).There is a radar station next to the trig. There was a young french couple up there so there is apparently public access at all times although we didn't investigate. There is also a tall monument, passed a little way below the summit.
Note: the satnav tried to direct us via a forest track with no vehicular access. To avoid this, we navigated via the village of xxx.
The following day our Alpine trip ended with the equally non alpine Feldberg.

Grand Ballon and Feldberg photos
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:456 ft / 138 m
    Total Elevation Loss:456 ft / 138 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Grade/Class:YDS 1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:456 ft / 138 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.7 km
    Route:Trail from SE
    Start Trailhead:Car park to SE  4216 ft / 1285 m
    Time:20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:456 ft / 138 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route:Trail from SE
    End Trailhead:Car park to SE  4216 ft / 1285 m
    Time:20 Minutes

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