Monday, November 05, 2007

Aravis - Tours d'Areu

Tours d'Areu are these five distinct towers one can see from Salanches when looking up the hill. They look far away - and they are! Although the book talks about 1,5hr total approach, it took us only that to get to Doran village by foot (we did not dare drive up that road with my car), half way...But the promised scenery was at rendez-vous and the hike-in seemed less painful for that.

We did manage to get up CopaCabana, one of the easiest routes up the fourth tower. Its ratings are rather surprising with hard slab pitches, both 6a+ and 5c+ seemed similar and harder than its grade. Piola knew how to climb slab in the 80ies...And after the slab comes the roof - with Mont Blanc at our feet:

If anything, this place is worth it just to see this jewel!


Anna said...

Salut Julie:-)These fotos are incredible. Vrazhajuche. Liudyna ce-taka malenka molekula v nejmovirnij pryrodi. Vsi fotky nejmovirni, i she klasni tam de vapniak, jak ja zrozumila. Znajesh versiju, sho duzhe davno tam, de more buly gory i navpaku.

uasunflower said...

yup, tak tse tomy ja i lajy po horax, treba des' syper-fotku shykatu :)