La Grave - Combe de Laurichard - Cristal Sympa - La Grave - Combe de Laurichard - Écrins - France

La Grave - Combe de Laurichard - Cristal Sympa

La Grave - Combe de Laurichard - Écrins - France

Information
Min / max altitude2400m / 2400m
Duration1 day
Main facingNW
Route typeloop
Source

One of the four beginner ice-falls of the Laurichard. Although not sustained, it is long and narrow, making it very impressive and goulotte-like.

Approach# 30 minutes

From the Lautaret pass, aim for the right margin of the Combe de Laurichard (on your left going up). There are four beginner ice-falls on the first buttresses of the Combeynot.

Climb

Cristal Sympa is the fourth and last ice-fall from the left. Go up a narrow gully to reach the base of a first steep section: 20m at 60-70°. Go up a second snow section to reach another ice wall (10m at 75°). Continue up the gully to a small plateau.

Descent

The descent route is obvious, using snow slopes on the right once exited the gully.

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