Perrons de Vallorcine : Traversée E >> W

I linked up with Miha yesterday to have a go at this superb airy ridge traverse above Lac d’Emosson.

We arrived at the Emosson Dam feeling fresh and ready to go after a 45minute car journey listening to some of the finest music Slovenia has to offer.

The guide book recommends 7-8 hours so we set off at a quick pace on the approach at 8:00am, crossing the dam and then making our way up towards the bréche on the Aiguilles du Van (main peak in the centre of the photo below) where the traverse begins.

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It was exciting to be on the ridge in changeable weather. It definitely added to the occasion. We had clear skies to the north over Lac d’Emosson and intermittent cloud/fog to the south of the ridge with the Mont Blanc massif poking through every now and again.

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Once on the ridge there is a straight forward trail to the summit of the Grand Perron. The whole traverse takes in 3 main points, the Gran Perron, Pointe Vouilloz and Pointe de l’ifala and takes around 4 hours. On the first section towards the Grand Perron we were a little bemused by the route’s ease and lack of exposure but after a couple of short rappels we began some proper scrambling on the airy climb up to Pointe Vouilloz and all was good.

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On reaching the Pointe Vouilloz we made two abseils of 20m each and then we reached the final climb to the Inala which is the crux (4a/4b) and the most enjoyable climbing on the route.

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We finished the route as the clouds came in and made the one hour descent back to the car.

This is a highly recommended route and it is also possible to make the traverse from W to E although it is more involved. Sounds like a good challenge for next time!

Thanks for the day Miha.

 

 

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