TRAVERSE DE LA MEIJE
3983m (D-, 4a/5.7, IV), 2-3 days
"C’est sans doute la plus belle coursée l’Oisans" - Gaston Rébuffat
This classic route is one of my favorite alpine outings. The first day we climb up to the Brèche de la Meije via les Enfetchores, and then descend to the Promontoire refuge. The second day we climb to the summit of the Grand Pic de la Meije (3983m/13,068ft), and then traverse along the ridge line, crossing the five teeth, and end up at the historical refuge de l'Aigle. From the Aigle, we have the option of sleeping there, or descending the same day. It has everything: perfect alpine rock leaving directly from the refuge Promontoire, exposed ridges, complex glacier travel, rappels, ice climbing, and even a small section of cables.
This unforgettable experience is in a challenging high mountain environment. You will need to have a reasonable amount of previous mountaineering experience for this route. You need to be comfortable climbing steep exposed terrain for many hours, to have previously used ice axes and crampons, and its necessary to have a good level of fitness. If you are unsure of your abilities for this trip, don't hesitate to contact me for advice.
I offer preparation courses for this trip as well.