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Au-delà des ombres

First ascent: P. Pellet & S. Rosso 1991
By: Mario Sertori
Area: Ecrins, Group: Valle di Freissinières, Height: 1600m, Country: France, Region: Haut Dauphiné

Au-delà des ombres is a beautiful 12 pitch outing, never extreme, which climbs an interesting mix of ice walls and snow fields. From the top of Happy Together the route traverses right (at times mixed M4/5) to reach the wide stepped gully and continue on up.

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

From the car cark continue on foot along the road to beneath the unmistakable Tete de Gramusat. Calculate circa 1 hour, less if poor snow conditions enable you to drive further. The route can be seen from the road and is reached by ascending the steep rib. The start is the same as Happy Together, at the end of this continue right. Walk-in: 1 hour 15 minutes.

DESCENT

At the end of the difficulties traverse left, then descend via abseil from the trees (take care not to descend too far left) to reach the end of Happy Together. From here abseil down as for Happy Together.

NOTES

Map route 5.

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