Via Corda Argentière : Via Damou

Via Corda Argentière : Via Damou

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Map

  • Swisstopo - 46 - Val de Bagnes
  • Swisstopo - 282 - Martigny
  • Swisstopo - 1344 - Col de Balme
  • IGN - 3630OT - Chamonix - Massif du Mont Blanc

Licence

General

route_types: loop
activities:
durations: 1 day(s)

climbing_outdoor_type: multi

configuration: face

quality: fine

Rating

F+  
3b > 3aA0

    I    P1+  E3 

heights

elevation min/max : 1400 m / 1610 m

orientations

E W S N

route_history

Opened in July 2016

description

A pleasant Via Corda , mostly up slabs.

Access

Get to the Cremerie restaurant, next to the helicopter station.

Approach 20mins

Follow the path directly in front of the Cremerie restaurant to the bridge crossing the river, circa 100m. Follow a faint path on the true right bank of the river, (left looking upwards), some cairns and orange paint marks to the foot of some slabs, (cairn and ski stick?). The first orange painted bolt is plainly visible. Ignore a second line of bolts over on the left.
GPS N 45º58'41.4" E006º56'29.5"

Route 2h30

Follow the bolts interspersed with some walking, (orange paint marks and cairns) over a series of slabby outcrops. Near the top there is a line of cairns to the left or one can go straight up, (no bolt) to follow a ridge line (walking) to two obvious round boulders. Either way, it is necessary to traverse, (walking) leftwards and slightly downwards until a little muddy ramp leads up diagonally to a small tree and the start of some more slab climbing. The route end at an obvious flat summit, where until recently the old EDF cable car had its middle pylon, (still marked on any map prior to 2015) They have done a very good job of cleaning up the site.

Descent 30mins

A faint path with cairns and orange paint marks leads downwards and then traverse to the right, (looking down) to join within 10mins a proper path (which eventually leads up to a viewpoint). Go down this path, taking the left options to the reach the main tracks (used for Nordic skiing in winter). These lead back to the bridge and so to the Cremerie Restaurant.

remarks

Ideal for kids, beginners, OAPs etc.
Nearly all the belay points have 2 bolts linked with a bit of rope.
Many of the pitches are short so there are probably about 12-15 pitches but only 7-9 "rope lengths."

Sensitive areas
There are sensitive areas on this route. Please refer to the map.

gear

Short rope, (30m), 4-5 quickdraws and a sling or two. Possible to do in trainers

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