Bivouac de la Fourche

Bivouac de la Fourche

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elevation: 3700 m

waypoint_type: hut

capacity: 10

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quality: medium


custodianship : always_accessible


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A small bivouac hut, suspended over the Brenva bowl

Approach about 3h

There are two ways to get to the “cirque Maudit” and the Col de la Fourche: from the Aiguille du Midi or from the Pointe Helbronner.

L'arête de la Brenva
L'arête de la Brenva

From the Aiguille du Midi
Descend the E ridge to 3670m. From there pass the bergschrund and go towards the broad col between the Gros Rognon and the Pointe Lachenal. Walk due S towards the Pyramid du Tacul and the Pointe Adolpe Rey. This leads into the cirque Maudit. Zig-zag up between the large crevasses, staying near to the rocks of Roi de Siam and the Petit Capucin. At the level of the Grand Capucin, the glacier is less steep and crevassed. From here you can go into the middle of the cirque and then to the foot of the couloir leading down from the Col de la Fourche.
From the Helbronner
This is easier and quicker. Go to the foot of theN face of the Tour Ronde and continue into the combe Maudite and onto the foot of the couloir

Cross the bergshrund. The couloir is about 45 to 50° for150m. Can be bare ice at the end of the season, (two technical axes needed.) The Col de la Fourche is on the Brenva Ridge at the start of the Kuffner Ridge, (also known as the Frontier ridge.) The bivouac hut is about 50m to the left, over easy mixed ground, set slightly down from the crest on the Italian side.

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