Tour des Crochues - Les Violons Tziganes - Tour des Crochues - Haut Giffre - Aiguilles Rouges - Fiz - France
Information
Min / max altitude2589m
Duration1 day
Main facingSW
Route typereturn_same_way
Source

Really fun steep route. Sustained the all way. Well bolted.

Approach # 45mins

From the top of the Index chairlift follow the Lac Blanc path to underneath the Tour des Crouchues. Then follow a faint path with cairns across the rock debris to directly below the highest point of the Tour. The route should be easy to spot. There is a bolt, (make FIXE) clearly visible at 3m,. The route starts some metres to the right of Seul en Si (which takes the line of a black pillar, no bolts visible at the start, this route being only partially bolted). Violins Tziganes crosses Seul en Si, from the right, on pitch 1.

Route

6 pitches in all: L#| 5c| L#| 5b| L#| 6a| L#| 6a+| L#| 6a| 48 m L#| 5c| 15 m

Descent

Either abseil down the route or scramble down the Crochues gully, (to the right of the summit looking into the cliff,) on unstable scree. In dry weather the gully is preferable rather than abseiling, (belays well equipped with a ring) because of risk of knocking stones onto other climbers. (Also possible to abseil down Croc Blanc, 4 abseils, min 2×50 m rope. Starts at the shoulder at the top of the “S pillar”.)

Do not do that route if someone else is on it or on Seul en Si. huge rock fall and very unstable at the top. Newish route, well bolted, chained fixed anchors really good for the abseil down.

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