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Saint-Laurent - Grand Mont Calme (3205m) - La Barma


Published by KlaasP , 14 September 2016, 13h45.

Region: World » Switzerland » Valais » Unterwallis
Date of the hike: 9 September 2016
Hiking grading: T4+ - High-level Alpine hike
Mountaineering grading: PD
Climbing grading: II (UIAA Grading System)
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Geo-Tags: CH-VS 
Time: 9:30
Height gain: 1100 m 3608 ft.
Height loss: 1100 m 3608 ft.

On the fifth day of the mountaineering course, it was time for something a little more challenging. We waked up at 6:00 at refuge Saint-Laurent and left around 7:00, following the path in the direction of Col de Prafleuri. After about one hour and a half, at a small lake (2874m), we deviated from this path towards the glacier at Grand Mont Calme. Next, we ascended towards a pass (ca. 3060m) on the north ridge of Grand Mont Calme.

This north ridge consist of relatively easy rock climbing (PD), there's really only one pitch which poses some difficulties (smooth rocks, not a lot of grips). It took us 1:40 for the ridge, but I imagine that for more experienced mountaineers 1 hour suffices. We descended via the West ridge (F) towards the same lake we passed earlier on. 

So much for the mountaineering, the last part of our route consisted of normal mountain paths over the Col de Prafleuri, to Cabane de Prafleuri, where we had a drink and rested a bit. At 17:30 we started our final ascent, Col des Roux. From here it was another 40 minutes to refuge La Barma, where we slept.


Hike partners: KlaasP


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Sky says:
Sent 21 December 2016, 20h58
Hi KlaasP, my mum told me about your latest report on my beloved mountains, so I went and read them !
Grand Mont Calme is one of the summits I would like to do one day. From what you say, it's easy to do it on free solo from the W-ridge, isn't it?
Bye Sky

KlaasP says: RE:
Sent 21 December 2016, 21h10
Hi!
Indeed, from the West ridge there should not be any problems,
It doesn't get too steep, and it is fairly easy scrambling as far as I remember
Best
Klaas

Sky says: RE:
Sent 21 December 2016, 21h33
Thanks ! Next August I'll go and try it :)
Enjoy mountains
Sky


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