Ski Touring: Orionde NW face from the Col des Mouilles - 2,014 m. (6,608 ft)

Sat, 28 January 2017


Minimum altitude: 1,021 meters

Distance: 12 km

Slope Aspect: North-West

Trip Reports

Vertical Climbed: 1,050 meters (3,445 feet)

Rating: 2.1

Avalanche Risk: -


From the col de Mouilles follow the road (closed in the winter) towards the Pré Marcel. At the first junction take the left fork then 750 meters take a path to the right that climbs obliquely from the road. At 1350 meters altitude you cross a large trail and the path does a 180 degree loop before heading to the SE again. After a long, flat traverse a track leads back to the N.E, climbing. After 500 meters it joins another track, continue to the SE for another 500 meters to join the start of the Barlett Mountain ridge line at 1500 meters. Turn left to the SE then S, at 1700 meters exit the forest. The track climbs steeply under the west face of the Orionde; you may find it easier to put in a few kick turns. At 1800 meters turn to the N.E. to reach the Jarlons bothy (1890 m) then climb the NW slopes to the summit.

Comments on route: Risk of avalanche as you exit the forest from the west slopes of the Orionde

Access: Brignoud exit from the A41 Autoroute. Traverse Brignoud to Ste Agnes then the Col.

Equipment: Ski crampons for the traverse under the Orionde

Country: France Area: Belledonne Trailhead: Col de Mouilles