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Over The Top

First ascent: J. Blanc Gras & C. Moulin 1996
By: Mario Sertori
Area: Ecrins, Group: Valle di Freissinières, Height: 1600m, Country: France, Region: Haut Dauphiné

The hardest pure ice route up the wall. The second pitch of "Over The Top" takes a direct line up the large 40m column, and this is then followed by a shorter 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

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 base of the route is located in the middle of the Tete de Gramusat, to the right of the rocky section which hosts some mixed lines. Walk-in: 1 hour 15 minutes.

DESCENT

Abalakov abseils

GEAR

Map route 8.

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