Pointe Des Cerces North Face

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Start from Bonnenuit (or plan Lachat later in the season). Traverse to the lac des Cerces (2410 meters) then turn to a breach in cliffs where there are a couple of small couloirs (section at 45 degrees). Afterwards climb a large slope which has sections at 40 degrees to reach the summit by gentle slopes at the end. There is a visitor's book in a tin box at the summit.

The couloirs are best climbed on foot, with crampons if the snow is hard. The right couloir is larger and easier to ski for the descent.

Mountain RangeMaurienne
SummitPointe des Cerces
OrientationNorth-East for the descents
Starting Altitude1962m (plan lachat)
Vertical1134 m
MapsIGN TOP 25 3535 OT Névache Mont Thabor
GPS Waypoint 
GPS RouteGoogle-Earth:Valloire
Grade[1]Danger: 2, Climb: PD, Ski: 3.3
Commentsface is steep and exposed if the snow is icy
SnowboardersThe slopes before the cliffs are relatively flat
Road AccessValloire or via the col du Galibier after mid May

Trip Reports

16th May 2004

We set out late at 8 am, which was accepteble with the west orientation. We crossed a CAF group and some snowboarders with the same objective. The panorama at the summit was fantastic and gave some ideas for future objectives.

  • Weather : Sunny and warm with a good refreeze
  • Avalanche Risk: Moderate (2/5)
  • Participants: David, Stef du Casset on snowboard
  • Snow level: 1900 m

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