For three days, with base in La Grave, the objective is to experience
your first mountaineering adventure. Learn how to evolve on a glacier,
try rock climbing and finally climb your first summit, the magnificient
neighbouring summit of La Meije: the Râteau.
Dates: from 15th of June to 15th of September.
Other dates possible through Guideslagrave -Xpérience
Number of days: 3 days.
Number of persons: minimum 3 persons and maximum 4.
Technical level: experienced hiker, beginner mountaineer.
Price “All Included”: 484€/person.
D1 – Meet at 7:45 am in front of the Guide Bureau of La Grave to go through the equipment and programme. We take the cable car to Col des Ruillans at 3200m, where we start our glacier hike on the Girose glacier towards the top of Dôme de la Lauze (3568m). A first occasion to try the crampons. You will also learn techniques on how to evolve safely on a glacier and in an alpine environment. We picnic on the glacier and admire the objective of the course: the Râteau W (3769m). To save our knees, we take the lift down again to La Grave and spend the night in a hostel.
D2 – An introduction day to rock climbing. The surroundings of La Grave offer numerous venues for initation climbing. A typical day could be: morning sport climbing, picnic onsite and then climb the beautiful rock ridge of the Fréaux waterfall (five easy pitches).
D3 – Meet at 7:45 am in front of the guide bureau. Again we take the cable car to 3200m. Your experience from the two previous days will pay off when climbing the summit of Râteau W. We start off with a glacier approach and then climb the west ridge (rock) to the summit, where we picnic with a breathtaking backdrop. Descent to Col des
Ruillans, where we take the cable car down to La Grave.
The programme is always subject to change depending on weather, conditions in the mountains and the level of the participants. The guide makes the final decision to modify the programme due to safety reasons.
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