Ecrin Aug/Sept 2017

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Ecrin Aug/Sept 2017

Postby JR » Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:52 am

A few of us are heading to Aliefroid in late August with a view for ten days of mountainous activity, including some peaks if the weather plays ball.
We'll be camping at the site in the village.
As it stands we're a self-contained unit for transport and activities, but we thought we'd let people know where we were heading in case anyone had similar ideas for an Alpine excursion this summer and wanted to join us for the social side (I imagine that there will be at least one rest day messing around in the river!)

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Re: Ecrin Aug/Sept 2017

Postby JR » Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:24 am

Btw, I've no idea if John & Sam's trip to the Dollies is still going ahead too.
I expect we'll see the usual entertaining trip report in early September if it is! ;-)

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Re: Ecrin Aug/Sept 2017

Postby Dave R » Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:41 pm

Excellent idea JR. Holly and I spent out summer holiday there last year and had a fantastic time (pics here if you're interested: https://goo.gl/photos/uXkrYSgcwL5tMxyH7). We spent the entire two weeks rock-climbing (mainly focussed on some HUGE multi-pitch routes, but also some shorter stuff too) without heading up high into the snow and ice. However, we reckon that if we go back, we'd add a bit of that into the mix.

Normally, we'd be able to lend you guide-books, maps etc., but we're not back from Canada until September, so afraid we can't help you there. However, if you want any tips or route-suggestions, then just shout. One thing I will say is that it was pretty hot during the day (and on most days). However, night-times were bitterly cold. If you look at the pics, you'll see a strange mix of t-shirt wearing and down-jacket wearing (around camp). As soon as the sun dipped beneath the mountains it was really cold. Take your down! The campsite is stunningly located too, but it gets busy!
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Re: Ecrin Aug/Sept 2017

Postby JR » Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:28 pm

Thanks for the info Dave - we're actually replete for guidebooks - walking, mountaineering and rock climbing.
We're purposely heading out late to co-incide with it quieting down - though we may end up in a campsite lower down the valley at Vallorine (sp?) as the fact that it has swimming pools has caught the eye of one member of our party! ;-)

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Re: Ecrin Aug/Sept 2017

Postby Hollymonster » Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:38 pm

Ailefroide is lovely - we had an amazing time. I think it's worth trying to stay at the campsite at Ailefroide - it's better located and feels in the midst of things. We went at peak time and rolled up at the campsite at 9:30pm and still got a decent pitch, though it was busy and there are only two of us. We didn't really have an issue with numbers of people and showers, general noise of an evening etc. The night skies are fantastic - take camera kit. Go to the pizza place just outside the village on the far side of the campsite rather than the one in town - you can thank me later. Take a rest day and walk to the glacier where there's a sort of hut, sort of cafe - it's not far and is nice. And do Le Fissure - it's trad but/and great fun :-) And do Snoopy Direct - an excellent route. There is one multi-pitch on that crag that we did, which was horrible - Dave will know the name. Route finding was hard and I thought I was going to die on a 6a. Not fun, though perhaps the only thing about the trip that wasn't :-)
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Re: Ecrin Aug/Sept 2017

Postby Ainsworp » Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:43 pm

Hi James - I have finally got permits/ pass outs and permissions from spouse/ family and work so can come for my first real mountain trip, can't wait :-)))))))))

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Re: Ecrin Aug/Sept 2017

Postby JR » Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:20 am

Great to have you on board Peter :-)

(Though I warn you that I've started a petition for you to bring your inflatable pineapple!) ;-)

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Re: Ecrin Aug/Sept 2017

Postby Ainsworp » Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:52 am

Glacier surfing, it could be a new trend
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Re: Ecrin Aug/Sept 2017

Postby JR » Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:36 am

You'll be a YouTube sensation, Peter!
Plus we'll get to practise our glacier rescue skills on you! ;-)

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Re: Ecrin Aug/Sept 2017

Postby Helen C » Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:43 am

Is there space for another one on the way down? (I will bring cake). I have to head home early (Tuesday) but have sussed out trains.
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Re: Ecrin Aug/Sept 2017

Postby Plucas » Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:59 am

When are you going and how long for?
I could go from Aug 28th.
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Re: Ecrin Aug/Sept 2017

Postby JR » Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:27 pm

Starting the journey on Wednesday 23rd, returning the following Fri/Sat (1st/2nd Sept).
What would you be doing for transport?

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Re: Ecrin Aug/Sept 2017

Postby Plucas » Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:07 pm

I've only just seen this thread so haven't given it much thought. Just started looking at flights, where are people flying to? or are you driving?
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Re: Ecrin Aug/Sept 2017

Postby JR » Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:11 pm

We're driving, but the cars are full on the way down.

Helen's down for a short while and getting train/flight back on the following Tuesday.

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Re: Ecrin Aug/Sept 2017

Postby Plucas » Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:52 pm

After a quick scan it's looking expensive for a short week so I think I'll have to pass this one up.
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