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Écrins is the highest peak of the Dauphiné Alps, and the southernmost 4,000-meter peak in the Alps. The summit is a steep glaciated pyramid with narrow ridges, though its beauty is concealed by surrounding peaks. Écrins provides superb challenges for rock and alpine climbers, and is one of the most popular climbs in the Alps. The French Alpine Club maintains huts throughout the area.

Elevation (feet): 13,455
Elevation (meters): 4,101
Continent: Europe
Country: France
Range/Region: Dauphine Alps
Latitude: 44.9167
Longitude: 6.36667
Difficulty: Technical Climb
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1864
First successful climber(s): Edward Whymper, A.W. Moore, Christian Almer, Michel Croz
Nearest major airport: Lyon, France
Convenient Center: BrianÁon, La BÈrarde,, Ailefroide, and other tourist villages

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 14 trip reports for Ecrins.

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  • Log #20820 - by Mirko on June 10, 2007
    Nice and clear day. From Pre de Madame Charles 1° day and Refuge Ecrins in 2°day. The last 100m are more difficult but the scenics are incredible!
  • Log #20260 - by Mirko on Sep 27, 2006
    Very best climb without difficulties. Route normale PD+ in 3h30' from the Refuge Ecrins depart at 5:00. The summit was snow cleared, but the temperature was very cold. Beautiful view on the...
  • Log #14596 - by Alain Figer on Oct 08, 2004
    In 1985 July, I had reached the Dome de Neige des Ecrins (4015 m) as my first 4000er. I was then a soloer, so that I did not attempt to climb the Barre des Ecrins (4102 m). I have been waiting for 12...
  • Log #14582 - by John Finch on Aug 05, 2004
    Superb peak to climb on a clear day, long descent though if walking all the way to Ailefroide
  • Log #14583 - by Freddy Cook on July 27, 2004
    Bivvi by the Ecrins hut and an early start. Important to get out on the glacier ahead of the masses headed for the Dome du Neige. This route get interesting from the Col where we set of up the rock...
  • Log #14585 - by Alain on July 05, 2003
    The Dome of Ecrins is one of the easiest 4000 in the Alps. Technically easy, but not physically ! The starting point is at 1874 m and the summit at 4015 m, so 2140 m up and 2140 m down ... not really...
  • Log #14586 - by Debby Richman on July 31, 2002
    Interesting peak, complete with snow ascent and (barre) rock ridge. Very (!) busy ascent to snow dome, where most crowds summit. Need caution when climbing rock ridge, with amazing verticals down...
  • Log #14588 - by Ben Bonnaerens on Sep 08, 2001
    Dome de Neige des Ecrins (4015m) was my first 4000m peak and till today, I still remember the beautiful weather on summitday and the magnificent views I had from the summit.
  • Log #14589 - by Peter van der Putten on Feb 18, 2001
    ascent: direct North Face (AD, Coolidge 1870) descent: Westridge and north side (PD, ordinary route) Together with Ilona van Meegen. We made a bivouac at Glacier Blanc cause we didn't want to spent...
  • Log #14590 - by Nico Gillis on Jan 22, 2001
    BEAUTIFUL! Started at Refuge des Ecrins (3h30 AM). Clear weather. Nice sight over Glacier Blanc, L'Ailefroide, ...
  • Log #14592 - by Michael Pullens on Aug 02, 2000
    Though the June / July weather was perfect in the Southern Alpes, it wasn't on the particular days of my climb to the barre des ecrins. Starting the approach to the ecrins refuge it was completely...
  • Log #14593 - by Fred Mellink on May 18, 2000
    The trip to the Barre des Ecrins is positively printed in my mind. It was a wonderful adventure. One year later I hasd bad luck: my knee got severely injured and finally vacation '96 ended with...
  • Log #14594 - by Martin & Will Sanderson on May 17, 2000
    Left La Berarde early morning 27 July, took Bonne Pierre Glacier, Climbed to the col des Ecrins ( Hard V Diff ) descended to Refuge des Ecrins. 28th at 3.00am left hut - clear skies - perfect, still...
  • Log #14595 - by Julien Beausseron on July 15, 1999
    Sunrise at the Dome des Ecrins, 6.30 am. One of the most beautiful images I've ever seen...