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Cascade des Viollins - Vallée de Freissinières

First ascent: G. Chantriaux (solo) 1982
By: Mario Sertori
Area: Ecrins, Group: Valle di Freissinières, Peak: Vallée de 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.


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.


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


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


Map route 2.

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