Multi-activity guidebook to the Haute Maurienne region of south east France. The book describes a wide range of the finest day walks, scrambles, rock climbs, via ferratas, treks and mountain biking and road cycling routes, offering all the inspiration needed for a multi-activity or family holiday.
The Maurienne valley is served by good transport links, Modane serves as the gateway to the upper valley with links from Paris and Turin served by the TGV. Lanslebourg is the largest village after Modane and offers plenty of choice of accommodation, and Termignon is a reasonably central base for exploring the Haute Maurienne. Routes vary from pretty Alpine lake rambles to mammoth mountain bike routes and include the normal route to the summit of Dent Parrachee, the Matterhorn of the valley that can be reached without crossing a glacier, and arranged by difficulty. Information about facilities and grades for each activity are carefully explained and routes are illustrated with sketch maps, topos and profiles and inspiring photographs.
The Vanoise massif is a beautiful range of mountains bounded by the valleys of the Maurienne and the Tarentaise. Sitting on the French-Italian border, the Upper Maurienne (Haute Maurienne) has a southern boundary bordering the Italian region of Piedmont. Its northern border is less pronounced, as the massif of the Vanoise blurs the boundary with the Tarentaise valley.
Ever since joining Cub Scouts as a boy in 1976 and learning about the outdoors, Andy Hodges has loved mountains. As a student he became a modern sports climber in France, while his summers were spent leading walking groups in the hills and mountains of the UK. A volunteer member of Mountain Rescue for 16 years, he has walked, climbed and cycled extensively in the Vanoise since discovering it for himself in 2004.
Introduction Geography The Vanoise National Park Geology Wildlife Plants and flowers History Art and culture Travel When to go Accommodation Mountain refuges Language Insurance and rescue Maps and navigation Weather Clothing Wet weather alternatives Using this guide 1 Day Walks Route 1 Lac de l'Arcelle Route 2 La Pierre aux Pieds Route 3 Lac Blanc and Plan des Eaux Route 4 Vallon de la Rocheure Route 5 Pointe de Lanserlia Route 6 Hannibal's Crossing (Col Clapier) Route 7 Mont Froid Route 8 Pointe de Bellecombe Route 9 High Valley Walk Route 10 Pointe de l'Observatoire 2 Mountaineering Routes Route 11 Pointe Droset Route 12 Crete de la Turra and Pointe du Grand Vallon Route 13 Pointe des Fours Route 14 3000ers Circuit Route 15 Lessieres Traverse Route 16 Le Petit Vallon Route 17 Roche d'Etache Route 18 Traverse of Pointe de Cugne Route 19 North Ridge of Cime du Laro Route 20 Signal du Petit Mont Cenis Route 21 Arete de Leche Route 22 La Dent Parrachee 3 Via Ferratas Route 23 Le Pichet, Lanslevillard Route 24 The Pinnacles, Aussois Route 25 Guy Favre, Balme Noir The Victor Emmanuel Fort Complex Route 26 Traversee des Anges Route 27 Montee au Ciel Route 28 Les Rois Mages Route 29 Descente aux Enfers Route 30 Remontee du Purgatoire Via Ferrata/Rock Climbing Route 31 Via Cordatta, Col de la Madeleine 4 Rock Climbing Route 32 Rocher des Amoureux Route 33 Sollieres Route 34 Rocher de Termignon Route 35 Blocs de la Madeleine Route 36 Dalles du Mollard Route 37 Drailles Blanches 5 Mountain Biking Bike hire and bike shops The routes Route 38 Termignon and Sollieres Circuit Route 39 La Girarde Route 40 Champions' Loop Route 41 Chemin du Petit Bonheur Route 42 The Sardieres Monolith Route 43 Mont Cenis Circuit 6 Road Rides Route 44 Col du Mont Cenis Route 45 Aussois Loop Route 46 Col de l'Iseran Route 47 Col du Galibier 7 Walking Tours Route 48 Tour of the Vanoise Glaciers Route 49 Tour of Mean Martin Route 50 Tour of Pointe de l'Echelle Appendix A Route summary tables Appendix B Useful contacts Appendix C Useful phrases