aiguille de la grande sassière
aiguille de la grande sassière Summit Log (#21539)
- Signed By: Simon Beck
- Date Submitted: December 08, 2008
- Date(s) climbed: 1983 to 2008
- Number of People Encountered: 11-25 people
- Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Peaks of 3750m must not be disrespected but Some fit locals do this peak in running gear in good summer weather, but they've been up it lots of times before and know what to watch for in terms of weather danger. People like that also run year-round on the rocky paths in the mountains and forests and have legs trained to react then the spraining process begins and dont get sprained ankles provided they pay attention to what they're doing with their feet. Starting at the nearest road, Saut de la Sassiere, It takes about 1 hour 40 for the seriously fit, my quickest time was 1:50.
The start of the road to Saut is about halfway along the lake on the Isere river caused by the Barrage de Tignes, from Bourg st Maurice the turn is just after a long avalanche shed built in a combination of dates and styles, and there is or was a nice flashing red triangular sign to point out the turning. ISTR it's signed "Le Saut" but that might be wrong
Park at the end of the paved road, and take the path to the N. There are a couple of other paths on the map but the path to the peak is the main path at the one junction. A little bafore halfway there is a spiky bit on the ridge with a peg last time I went that way but most prople avoid it to the N where there is now a clear track(s).
The route is pretty obvious but 2/3 the way up you scramble a little as you join another ridge that goes towards Rocher de la Davie (but no walking route thru to rocher davie, more the pity) it's worth noting this point so as not to go the wrong way on descent. I did that once and had to reclimb about 200m.