Les Bans

Elevation (feet): 12,050
Elevation (meters): 3,673
Continent: Europe
Country: France
Range/Region: Dauphine Alps
Latitude: 44.848333
Longitude: 6.336111
Difficulty: Technical Climb
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

Thanks to foinaven and Terrill Thompson for contributing to these details. (View history)

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.

Trip Reports

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

There are 2 trip reports for Les Bans.

Select any entry from the list below:

  • Log #9619 - by Pete Williamson on June 28, 2000
    With Mike Parry and Malcolm Jones (The Conquistadores C.C.) Left La Pilatte at 5am. Good glacier conditions direct to West Col. Fine scramble up East Ridge.
  • Log #9620 - by Trevor Laboski on Dec 16, 1999
    Poor glacier conditions. Great rock. Easy off.