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  • Pointe de la Réchasse (3.212 m)

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Pralognan-la-Vanoise, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (France)
    Distance
    12.55mi
    Elevation +
    5377f
    TrailRank
    57
    Photo of Pointe de la Réchasse (3.212 m) Photo of Pointe de la Réchasse (3.212 m) Photo of Pointe de la Réchasse (3.212 m)

    Les Fontanettes parking - refugio del Col de la Vanoise - Pointe de la Réchasse (3.212 m) and return. Clear, signed trails to Col de la Vanoise then rock cairns marking route to the summit. Moderate rating as some glacie...

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  • Petit Vignemale

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Cauterets, Occitanie (France)
    Distance
    16.24mi
    Elevation +
    5108f
    TrailRank
    55
    Photo of Petit Vignemale Photo of Petit Vignemale Photo of Petit Vignemale

    Petit Vignemale summit day trip. Pont d’Espagne - Lac de Gaube - Refugi de Oulettes de Gaube - Col de la Hourquette d’Ossoue- Petit Vignemale summit and return. Beautiful scenery and technically easy though good fitness ...

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  • Grand Tuf du Plan Sery via Col du Plan Sery

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Friburge, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (France)
    Distance
    8.66mi
    Elevation +
    4049f
    TrailRank
    53
    Photo of Grand Tuf du Plan Sery via Col du Plan Sery Photo of Grand Tuf du Plan Sery via Col du Plan Sery Photo of Grand Tuf du Plan Sery via Col du Plan Sery

    Clearly marked, scenic hiking path up to the Col du Plan Sery. From the Col there is no path or route markers though the peak provides a clear guiding reference point. After an attempt up the back I found the most straig...

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  • Roc du Soufre (2940m)

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    Alpine Climbing
    near La Motte, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (France)
    Distance
    12.83mi
    Elevation +
    4131f
    TrailRank
    53
    Photo of Roc du Soufre (2940m) Photo of Roc du Soufre (2940m) Photo of Roc du Soufre (2940m)

    Les Prioux (from Pralagnon) - Col du Soufre - Roc du Soufre (2940m) and return. Clear, signed trails up to Col du Soufre though I took a “short-cut” from the GR to Lac Blanc which shortened the route by approx. 2-3 km. T...

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  • Pic Ardiden

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Cauterets, Occitanie (France)
    Distance
    9.99mi
    Elevation +
    5151f
    TrailRank
    52
    Photo of Pic Ardiden Photo of Pic Ardiden Photo of Pic Ardiden

    La Fruitière - Refuge Russell - Pic Ardiden and return. Beautiful views and although a busy time of year, after turning off the main path to Lac d’Estom I didn’t see a single person for 7 hours! The route is fairly clear...

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  • near Chiusa, Corse (France)
    Distance
    6.27mi
    Elevation +
    2054f
    TrailRank
    51| Rating 4.33
    Photo of Refuge Pietra Piana - Refuge Manganu, GR20 Corse France, June 2018 Photo of Refuge Pietra Piana - Refuge Manganu, GR20 Corse France, June 2018 Photo of Refuge Pietra Piana - Refuge Manganu, GR20 Corse France, June 2018

    Best day on the GR20: high mountains, glacier lake, mountain passes and snow. Though, long and beautiful. The day starts with a short climb and than relatively flat corsses a few snow section with high mountains and lak...

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  • Col Rouge (2731m) - Roc des Eaux Noires (2994m)

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    Alpine Climbing
    near La Motte, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (France)
    Distance
    10.27mi
    Elevation +
    3839f
    TrailRank
    49
    Photo of Col Rouge (2731m) - Roc des Eaux Noires (2994m) Photo of Col Rouge (2731m) - Roc des Eaux Noires (2994m) Photo of Col Rouge (2731m) - Roc des Eaux Noires (2994m)

    Pont de la Peche parking (1767m) - Col Rouge (2731m) - Roc des Eaux Noires (2994m) and return. A hike on established trails up to Col Rouge then a relatively short (~1km) alpine scramble to the summit of Roc des Eaux N...

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  • near Hendaye, Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes (France)
    Distance
    527.45mi
    Elevation +
    154892f
    TrailRank
    44
    Photo of My Pyrenean Haute Route - HRP - Alta Ruta Pirenaica 2016 Photo of My Pyrenean Haute Route - HRP - Alta Ruta Pirenaica 2016 Photo of My Pyrenean Haute Route - HRP - Alta Ruta Pirenaica 2016

    Please note that this is my personal version of the Haute Route, walked over one summer (2016) in 57 days. It avoids certain standard stages which I have already done (Carlit and Canigou) because I wanted to discover new...

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  • Gouter - Mont Blanc - Nid d'Aigle

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Taconnaz, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (France)
    Distance
    7.86mi
    Elevation +
    3645f
    TrailRank
    42
    Photo of Gouter - Mont Blanc - Nid d'Aigle Photo of Gouter - Mont Blanc - Nid d'Aigle Photo of Gouter - Mont Blanc - Nid d'Aigle

    Pub ideas are usually stupid. This was one of them. But on the other hand it was awesome experience and a dream that came true. In the year 2016 we bound to the first attempt (2014, http://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do...

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  • Cirque du Gents

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Pradons, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (France)
    Distance
    4.20mi
    Elevation +
    896f
    TrailRank
    42
    Photo of Cirque du Gents Photo of Cirque du Gents Photo of Cirque du Gents

    Awsome trail along the cliffside. Bit it had steep ascents and descents and some very narrow ridges to pas a cliff A few times we had to boulder our way through.. so it's not for the faint hearted or the weak! Take ple...

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  • Perdiguère 3222m border-hike and -scramble

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Saint-Mamet, Occitanie (France)
    Distance
    3.51mi
    Elevation +
    2172f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo of Perdiguère 3222m border-hike and -scramble Photo of Perdiguère 3222m border-hike and -scramble Photo of Perdiguère 3222m border-hike and -scramble

    Start: Col inférieur de Literole 2983m (see the Pyrenean Haute Route to get there) Distance: 5,64 km (circular route) Total ascent and descent: 662m Alpine grade: F+ Recommended months: Mid-July to September/October ...

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  • la baume d'Oullins

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Orgnac-l’Aven, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (France)
    Distance
    9.57mi
    Elevation +
    1759f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo of la baume d'Oullins Photo of la baume d'Oullins Photo of la baume d'Oullins

    Nice long hike which combines a forest walk with mountain hiking and some serious climbing. The venom in this trail starts when you have reached the river. From there on its about two kilometers of severe climbing which...

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  • near Taconnaz, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (France)
    Distance
    8.16mi
    Elevation +
    3386f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo of Refuge du Goûter to Mont Blanc Summit 2019-07-31 Photo of Refuge du Goûter to Mont Blanc Summit 2019-07-31 Photo of Refuge du Goûter to Mont Blanc Summit 2019-07-31

    Summits: 1. Mont Blanc - 4,808.7m Please Note: This track should only be used as rough guidance. High mountains are a dynamic environment and conditions frequently change. The exact route up may be considerably diff...

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  • Aiguille de la grande sassière

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Franchet, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (France)
    Distance
    3.74mi
    Elevation +
    4790f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo of Aiguille de la grande sassière Photo of Aiguille de la grande sassière Photo of Aiguille de la grande sassière

    Peak on the French-Italian border, highest peak in the Alps that you can do without tech gear in august.

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  • Tete de Gaulent

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Les Mensals, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (France)
    Distance
    6.00mi
    Elevation +
    3451f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo of Tete de Gaulent Photo of Tete de Gaulent Photo of Tete de Gaulent

    The craggy summit of Tete de Gaulent (2867m) can easily be seen from the front of our house and I have been keen to make my way up it for some time now. I managed to tempt David Monteith, an Alpine Club member, who was s...

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  • Mont Blanc 4810m, 31 July 2023

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Bionnassay, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (France)
    Distance
    13.04mi
    Elevation +
    8169f
    TrailRank
    36
    Photo of Mont Blanc 4810m, 31 July 2023 Photo of Mont Blanc 4810m, 31 July 2023 Photo of Mont Blanc 4810m, 31 July 2023

    Mont Blanc meaning "white mountain" is the highest mountain in the Alps and Western Europe, and the highest mountain in Europe outside the Caucasus mountains, rising 4,810 m above sea level, located on the French-Italian...

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  • near Vizzavona, Corse (France)
    Distance
    7.43mi
    Elevation +
    3921f
    TrailRank
    35
    Photo of Viozzavona - refuge l'Onda, GR20 Corse France June 2018 Photo of Viozzavona - refuge l'Onda, GR20 Corse France June 2018 Photo of Viozzavona - refuge l'Onda, GR20 Corse France June 2018

    A long day out starting from thr village Vizzavona and ending at the refuge. The first and longer part of the day follows the valley of Agnone climbing up all the way from the forest to point Muratello. This part of the...

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  • Aiguille du Tour

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Le Tour, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (France)
    Distance
    12.57mi
    Elevation +
    6916f
    TrailRank
    34
    Photo of Aiguille du Tour Photo of Aiguille du Tour Photo of Aiguille du Tour

    There and back in a day from the valley floor. Not the best you spend 12.5hrs moving for about 1.5hrs of reasonable fun. There’s no easy mountains in Chamonix if you’re not using lifts & huts!

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