This long ice route on the north face of the Droites is very aesthetic and interesting and is a good alternative to the Ginat. The mixed steps in the upper ramp are straightforward enough and the upper snow arete has a Frendo Spur feel to it. Conditions for the Crux pitch (first pitch up to the ramp) need to be good and would consideratly add to the difficulty if the ice was too thin.
Best conditions are usually found in the Autumn but it is common for teams to climb the route in the winter months.
Don’t forget to book your place in the hut in the winter to avoid a very unhappy gardien (info and telephone number here).
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