|Best months for climbing:||Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Year first climbed:||14 July 1878|
|First successful climber(s):||W.A.B. Coolidge, C.Almer|
|Nearest major airport:||Grenoble|
|Convenient Center:||La Berade|
Noble rock and ice barrier at the southern limits of the Dauphine Alps. From Pilatte refuge ascend Pilatte glacier to the col de Bans (3 hours); serious glacier work. Traverse the airy ridge scaling two difficult gendarmes (11+). Finally a 300 m rock climb/scramble to summit (2-3 hours).
This is a magnificent mountain with fantastic rock and ice architecture demanding glacier skills and rock climbing
technique. Views of Le Sirac (SW), of L'Ailefroide, Mt.Pelvoux, La Meije, Barre des Ecrins all superb.
NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name
There are 2 trip reports for Les Bans.
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