Mont Clapier is a 3045 m mountain which lies on the frontier ridge between France and Italy in the Maritime Alps. The South side is fairly rounded and consists of huge blocks and scree. The North face is much steeper than the South and has a small but well formed clapier glacier at its foot. From the summit you get wonderfull views that stretch for miles on everyside. If you are lucky and pick a cooler day when it is less hazy you can see right into the Central Alps and out to Corsica. The best aproach is to hed up the Gordolasque valley untill the road stops where you will find a car park. From here you can walk up the valley (sign posted) untill you reach the refuge de Nice. Here you can stay the night and purchace an evening meal and some breakfast. You can reserve by writing to them if not you should arrive befor 5.00 pm to ensure a place. TH e route from there is not verywell troden with only traces of a path. Good route finding is needed to find a more enjoyable route up.
|Best months for climbing:||Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Year first climbed:||1818|
|First successful climber(s):||Capt Cossato|
|Nearest major airport:||Nice Cote d'Azure (Nice)|
Thanks to David Morris for adding this peak.
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There are 2 trip reports for Mont Clapier.
- Log #16804 - by Fred Laurent-Polz on Mar 26, 2002Long hike. I suggest to climb that peak rather in winter skiing. And you can have an equivalent view at the "balcon du gelas" (shorter). To find the route you can have a look on my website...
- Log #16805 - by David Morris on Jan 27, 2002Me and my family arrived late at the nice hut and the next morning got up and set off up the south shoulder. There is no defined path so you have to pick your own way up the scree and stone blocks,...