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Ascent of Grande Sure on 2006-08-19

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:None.
Date:Saturday, August 19, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Grande Sure
    Location:France
    Elevation:6299 ft / 1919 m

Ascent Trip Report

Grande Sure, 1920m, P659m

Map: 1:25k: 3334OT

Stats: 1150mH, 9km

Time: Sat 19 Aug 06, start 16:00, ascent 1:50, descent 1:10 (Signpost time: 4h ascent)

Start: from WSW, 6km NE of Voreppes, car park at les 3 Fontaines,
Route: signed and paintmarked route, to summit as mapped, descent via path down SSE ridge, unmapped but paintmarked, rejoining mapped path at stile, approx at treeline.

Difficulties: Ascent: 10m of 1m wide ledge over a big drop, fixed cable for security, not really needed. Descent: SSE ridge path steep and rough, some scrambling, descendable OK facing forward.

Trig point: bent nail in rock just N of cairn, marked with “_RPENTAGE”
(the _ probably represents an initial obliterated letter)

Notes: initially through forest, then pasture, nice compact rock/grass summit, with Cross, impressive drop to W; views patchy due to cloud. 3 other parties seen. Alpine Chough seen (first of many); Black Woodpecker heard. Humid, dry except for heavy rain during final part of descent, absorbed by forest.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3773 ft / 1150 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3773 ft / 1150 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Grade/Class:YDS 2
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3773 ft / 1150 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:path from les 3 Fontaines
    Start Trailhead:les 3 Fontaines  2526 ft / 769 m
    Time:1 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3773 ft / 1150 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:as ascent
    End Trailhead:les 3 Fontaines  2526 ft / 769 m
    Time:1 Hours 10 Minutes



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