Dent De Crolles By The Pas De L Oeille
From the Col du Coq take the path that climbs to the col des Ayes then zig-zags up the face of the Dent (cairns, yellow markings and finger board signage). Try not to cut up the slope as this causes rain erosion. The path cuts across the cliffs of the dent de Crolles before a scramble up to the Pas de l'Oeille (Oeille = Aiguille) where you cross the Sangle de Barrere... you can follow this loop under the summit of the Dent de Crolles to traverse under the vertiginous east face. However the track is extremely narrow, exposed and the footing isn't sure. The couloir d'Oeille has a short cabled section but is fairly tame... in dry conditions. If there is snow, which is often the case until April, you should be equiped with crampons and ice-ax.
|Summit||Dent de Crolles|
|Maps||IGN TOP 25 3334 OT Chartreuse Sud|
|GPS Waypoint||N 45.3080° E 05.8554°|
|Road Access||Grenoble -> St Nazaire -> D30 -> Saint Pancrasse prendre la route qui va au Col du Coq|
|Starting Altitude||1434 meters|
|Refuges||Habert de Pravouta|
16th July 2007
The Dent has a new summit cross (it wasn't there when I skied the Pas de l'Oille at the end of May). It was very windy at the summit. I also had a look at the loop under the east face but it was too exposed for my taste. It was very windy (again) at the summit. I then traversed along the edge of the cliffs - the Rocher du Midi then the Rocher Pointu. The path is reasonably clear with the occassional cairn and spectacular views over the Gresivaudan. I climbed the Cheminee du Paradis (faded blue markings) and continued towards the Pas de Rocheplane, after about 1km (15 minutes) you will see a track to the left that descends down the slope. It is not marked and it not in super condition. Take this to arrive at the GR9, if you turn to the right you reach the junction of le Prayet after 2 minutes. You can continue to the Dome de Bellefond or turn west to descend to Perquelin. I mention this as all the signposting and marks have been removed by the Regional Park.
I returned to the carpark via the GR9 and the Trou de Glas.
Page last modified on July 16, 2007, at 06:48 PM