Intégrale des arêtes nord - La Tournette

Intégrale des arêtes nord - La Tournette

The entire northern ridge of the Tournette is THE great course of the Northern Pre-Alps, with a course of more than 2 km between lake and mountain, this ridge has for a while become the emblematic race of Annecy guides. It contains all the ingredients necessary for a good alpine course, not too difficult climbing, abseils, sharp ridges, passages of descaling, walking, etc. the atmosphere is just incredible, the real course takes almost 2 days, when you reach the top of the Tournette, a second race begins: the Rochers des Tours ridge which leads to the Rosairy refuge above Thônes . Given the length of the course, we offer it over 2 days with an almost compulsory bivouac at the top of the Tournette which will undoubtedly leave you with unforgettable memories.
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A travel between lake and mountains

A travel between lake and mountains

The race is divided into several characteristic parts:

1st part: North face of the Rochers du Varo (D+ = 300m)
This is the rocky part of the itinerary which takes place in the northern bastion, the climbing is done on good rock in 5b max.

2nd part: Classic North Ridge to the Col du Varo (D+ = 240m)
The great classic that everyone does, this is the classic initiation climb with a great view on the Annecy's lake and the Mont Blanc's massif.

3rd part: West face of Rochers des Tours (D+ = 80m)
A few pitches of old-fashioned climbing, where you will have to sweep the chimneys as sir Louis Lachenal did.

4th part: Descent of the North-East ridge of the Rochers des Tours (D- = 380m)
Gas atmosphere and chamois balancing on a ridge that is not always very compact... but this is undoubtedly the wildest part of the route!

5th part: La Tour Sans Nom (D+/D- = 20m/60m)
The breathtaking finish on this isolated tower which holds many surprises!

A piece of advice: plan the bivouac
If you want to do this race, you should be well trained because the course is long and suggests a bivouac at the end of the first day. As for the race, it requires climbing skills (5b max) rather than mountaineering skills, but whatever the case, you must go ahead!

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Good to know about the adventure
Intégrale des arêtes nord - La Tournette

The price includes
Supervision by a mountain guide
Loan of technical equipment
1 people maximum for 1 mountain guide.
Possible loan of the harness and helmet.
The price doesn't include
Transport to the start of the race
Food and drink
Material and individual equipment for bivouac on demand.
Personnel equipment
Hiking or mountaineering shoes
Backpack 20 to 30 liters
Clothing techniques
Walking stick
Technical data
-Difficulties: D / 4 + / 5 compulsory-5 + max (a few steps) / Length = 700 m
-Equipment to be completed from Friends to N ° 1, possibly a few stoppers, cords for the lunules in place
-Rope 60 meters minimum, only the last abseil of the "tower" is 30 meters stacks in spider's line (end of the course) ... Waiting for another line of abseil ....
-We therefore recommend bringing 60 meters of rope or 2 * 30 meters or an "Escaper"
Approach: 2 hours
Difficulties: 8 to 10 hours for a trained and fast rope.
Descent: 2 hours
Meeting point
Your guide will contact you before to confirm you the timeslot and meeting point on day 1

Activities guides Intégrale des arêtes nord - La Tournette

Jérémy Janody
Rock climbing
Ski Touring
Via Ferrata
Ice Climbing
Team Bulding
Security training
Ski Freeride
Children and teens
Jérémy Janody

Mountain Guide

Rémi Riquet
Rock climbing
Ski Touring
Via Ferrata
Ice Climbing
Security training
Ski Freeride
Rémi Riquet

Mountain Guide

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Meeting place
La Tournette
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