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Cascade des Viollins

First ascent: G. Chantriaux (solo) 1982
By: Mario Sertori
Area: Ecrins, Group: Valle di Freissinières, Height: 1250m , Country: France, Region: Haut Dauphiné

Splendid drip located opposite Les Viollins. Generally climbed in 4 pitches, first up a wide varied sheet, then a beautiful free-standing drip and finally up an easier and less exposed streak. Every now and then another parallel drip forms on pitch 3, this is more slender and harder at III/6.

GETTING THERE

From Briançon take the RN 94 to Argentière–La Bessèe. Three kilometers after Argentière and just before Roche de Rame turn off right, drive beneath the railway tunnel to Freissinières (7/8km). Continue on from here past the Les Viollins and Mensals to where the road finishes in a car park close to the beautiful Dormillouse hamlet. The road is often closed due to snow at Mensals, which results in an additional 30 minute walk-in.

ACCESS

Park in the bay (Les Bellons) just before Les Viollins, then descend to River Biaysse. Cross this on a make-shift bridge then walk up the steep slope to the start of the drip. Walk-in: 30 minutes

DESCENT

Abseil descent. Bolt belay behind the ice drip and at the top to the right.

NOTES

Map route 2.

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