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Fracastorus

By: Mario Sertori
Area: Ecrins, Group: Valle di Freissinières, Height: 1250m , Country: France, Region: Haut Dauphiné

This is the first icefall you come across upon entering the Freissinières valley and it is also an ideal introduction to the area. This mid-length route is 5 pitches long and climbs moderate angled ice (max 70°/75°) before a short finishing pitch leads up a nice free-standing drip.

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

Fracastorus is located halfway between Freissinières and Viollins. Park in the bay (Les Bellons) just before Les Viollins, then descend to River Biaysse. Cross this on a make-shift bridge then walk diagonally up to the drip. Walk-in: 30 minutes

DESCENT

Three abseils down the route.

NOTES

Map route 1.

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