Ascent of Le Pécloz on 2006-08-21

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:None.
Date:Monday, August 21, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Le Pécloz
    Elevation:7208 ft / 2196 m

Ascent Trip Report

Mont Pécloz, 2197m, P679m

Map: 1:25k: 3432OT

Stats: 1300mH, 9km

Time: 21 Aug 06, ascent 3h, descent 2:15

Start: from W, 5km E of Ecole, car park for Chapelle N-D de Bellevaux.

Route: via Chapel, ruins and Col d’Armenaz, descent via Pecloz W ridge then through forest. (mapped “red” route thru forest not found: flowed “black” mapped route N then SW then W to join “red” route lower down.

Difficulties: minor scrambling on SE ridge of Pecloz, a little exposed near summit. W ridge relentlessly steep hence exposed, tending to be slippery. W ridge probably better in ascent than descent (but care needed finding start of track – leaves access road opposite large layby).

Trig point: not found: apparently one mapped.

Notes: fine mountain: N face as seen from north or from Col d’Armenaz is highly impressive. 3 tops of similar height, close together. Nutcracker (heard), Greyhen; 2 Apollo butterflies below col. A few walkers seen, none on Pecloz.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4360 ft / 1328 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4360 ft / 1328 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Grade/Class:YDS 2+ (W ridge 3)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4360 ft / 1328 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Route:from west, via Col d’Armenaz
    Start Trailhead:5km E of Ecole, car park for Chapelle N-D de Belle  2848 ft / 868 m
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4360 ft / 1328 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:via west ridge
    End Trailhead:5km E of Ecole, car park for Chapelle N-D de Belle  2848 ft / 868 m
    Time:2 Hours 15 Minutes

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