EXPERIENCE Winter alpinism

Râteau ouest (3769m/12,365ft)

A nice introduction to winter alpinism in a stunning high mountain environment

Together with la Meije and the Pic Gaspard, the Râteau forms an impressive face separating the Romanche and Vénéon valleys. The lift of la Grave-la Meije takes us to the Col des Ruillans (3200m/10498ft), the starting point of this rather friendly climb, which is an ideal introduction to winter alpinism. From there, we quickly set foot onto the Girose glacier and progress roped up across the glacier for the first part of the day. We gradually climb up on an even slope and reach a steeper section which allows us to reach the Col de la Girose (3514m/11,528ft). The views of the Grandes Rousses massif and Mont Blanc in the background are simply breathtaking. A snow slope brings us directly to the base of the ridge. The climbing is on good quality rock and is technically easy, with ideal pitches for a gentle introduction to this type of alpinism; the upper part being slightly more difficult. Once at the top, the panorama is stunning for we stand right next to la Meije and the feeling of verticality is intense: the village of La Grave lies 2500 meters (8,202ft) below us! We will descend via the same itinerary, climbing and/or abseiling down the ridge and quickly reaching the glacier and the Col des Ruillans, the starting point of our climb. Vertical: +570m (1,870ft) / between 4 and 5 hours round-trip

HOW DIFFICULT WILL THE TRIP BE?

Intermediate

You have already tried alpine climbing or you have a lot of experience rock climbing. You would like to try longer and more technical climbs. You are able to give an all day effort.


WHAT LEVEL OF PHYSICAL FITNESS DO I NEED?

Beginner

You are a physically active person and the cold doesn't scare you.


WHAT WILL HAPPEN ON EACH DAY?

370.0 €

This Price is for a maximum number of participants: 3

Make An Enquiry

Group from 1 to 3 people for a private outing

INCLUDED

Outing with a certified mountain guide or instructor

Group technical gear (rope…)

Professional Civil Liability Insurance

NOT INCLUDED

Personal Accident Insurance

Appropriate clothing for your activity (long-johns, fleece/softshell jacket, down jacket, gore-tex jacket, ski pants, ski socks, warm hat, warm gloves, thin gloves)

Ski goggles, sunglasses, sunscreen

Water Bottle or thermos, food and snacks

Classic mountaineering ice axe. Crampons with ANTI-SNOW system that fit your mountaineering boots.

helmet

harness

Mountain boots that work with crampons

backpack (around 35L)

Picnic for during the day

Meal costs for clients and guide

Lift Pass (possibility to purchase at the Guide Office in the morning)

Snowshoes (or ski touring skis)

Contact Us

Address

Rn 1091 place du téléphérique,
05320 la grave France

Phone Number

+33 476 799 021