Ecandies Traverse

Pointe des Écandies:  S >> N traverse

Rating: D, 5c, E3

Yes, I hoped this would become great, and indeed it became one of the best single day adventures ever. The girls kept the speed high and their confidence and joy made this really memorable. Just wow.
We did the approach from Champex/Arpette in 2.5h (1200m↑). The climbing then took about 5-6h with some hard but bolted sections.
I added a short video I found on the Internet to the end of this post. It’s made really affectionately and captures the character and mood quite well.

A further description can be found on Camp to Camp.

(All pictures taken with my Moto G 3 Camera)

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View from the first gendarm

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On top of the 3rd gendarm. Aig. du Tour (which we did in March) in the back.

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Abseil from the 3rd gendarm

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View to the first crux: A sharp step and exposed flake on the ridge.

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On the ridge after the initial vertical sections

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The beautiful scenery

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Aline leads the final 5c crack. Super strong.

A nice video can be found on vimeo!

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