Breche Du Chien

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Follow the combe de la Croix to 2200 meters then head left to the glacier de l'Argentiere. At 2400 meters turn south to access the eastern side of the Argentiere glacier then climb the east facing slope to the Breche du Chien. The pass gets its name from the dog like pinnacle which guards the pass.

breche du chien
"Breche du Chien is the couloir on the right"


Traverse from the col du Glandon westwards, climb the col de la Combe (danger, stonefall) then traverse to the Breche de Chien without removing your skins.

Descent possible by the west slope (3.1/E2, caution rocks).

Mountain RangeBelledonne
SummitAiguille d'Olle
OrientationEast / North-East
Starting Altitude1924m
Vertical850 m
MapsIGN n°3335 ET Bourg d'Oisans
GPS WaypointN 45.2467°, E 06.1389°
GPS RouteGoogle-Earth:Glandon
Grade[1]Danger: 2, Climb: PD-, Ski: 2.3
CommentsStonefall in the col de la Combe variant
SnowboardersYes but the col de la Combe is flat.
Road AccessGrenoble -> N91 -> Rochetaille -> Allemont -> col du Glandon (closed until May)

Trip Reports

10th May 2007

We decended the west side of the Breche du Chien as part of an ascension of the Aiguille d'Olle. The snow was quite humid but skiable. Lots of tracks on the west face from skiers traversing to the Rocher Blanc.

breche du chien
"Climbing the east side of the Breche"
  • Sunny, excellent refreeze
  • Avalanche Risk: Weak (1/5)
  • Participants: Gilles, David
  • Snow level: 1900 m

Category: Trip Reports

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