From easy snow normal routes to mixed climbs, couloirs and gullies, Sébastien Constant provides the most extensive overview of mountaineering routes in the Ecrins (East), Cerces and Queyras yet published, unearthing forgotten gems and re-describing the area’s great classics. The eastern part of the Ecrins covers: Les Bans, the Pelvoux, the Ailefroide, the Barre des Ecrins, Roche Faurio, Les Agneaux, the Dômes de Monêtier, the Têtes Sainte-Marguerite, the Combeynot, and Chamoissière, etc. The western area, from the Meije to the Sirac, will be covered in volume two.
This edition describes 344 mountaineering and ski mountaineering routes, giving full details of the approach, ascent and descent for each. • 55 normal routes • 48 new routes • 189 photo-diagrams • 32 detailed maps • 188 photos • 60 previously unpublished topos • Short essays by skiers and mountaineers The aim of the guide is to unveil the possibilities offered by this vast corner of the Alps. It is an eagerly awaited work that will find its rightful place on the bookshelves of every keen mountaineer and ski mountaineer. A geographer by training and a mountain guide by trade, 39-year-old Sébastien Constant has had numerous articles published in the outdoor press (Alpine, journal, Climber, Climb; AAJ, Montagnes Magazine, Vertical, Trek, etc.) over the last fifteen years. A great aficionado of the Ecrins, Cerces and Queyras Massifs, he divides his time between explorations of the Southern Alps and travels through more distant lands. For over twenty years he has had the good fortune to be able to live and work in what he has long felt to be his spiritual home - the Briançon area. Sébastien expresses his enthusiasm for the mountains through his climbs and ski descents, as well as through his writings and photographs. The decision to write this book was prompted by a desire to share as widely as possible the secrets hidden in these unspoilt valleys. For Sébastien, preparing this guide has been a true labour of love.