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This guide offers readers all the inspiration they need for a multi-activity holiday in the Haute Maurienne, in the French Alps. With many suggestions for day walks, mountaineering routes, via ferratas, rock climbs, mountain biking, road cycling and long-distance treks, there's something here for everyone in your party.
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The Vanoise massif is a beautiful range of mountains bounded by the valleys of the Maurienne and the Tarentaise. The Maurienne valley is over 60km long, towered over by peaks of staggering symmetry straight from a child's drawing of mountains.Many figures from history and mountaineering legend have trod throught its forests and along its ancient track; yet the valley is somehow forgotten, despite having been at the heart of the early days of Alpine exploration. Now is the time to rediscover the Maurienne.
The Haute Maurienne valley is perfect for a whole range of alpine adventures and activities. The routes in this guidebook range from short walks and cycle rides for the whole family to long mountaineering routes to the highest summits. Whether you and your holiday companions are adrenalin junkies or Alpine ramblers, or a mixture of both, there’s plenty to keep everyone happy, day after day. Routes are clearly described and illustrated with maps, topos and profiles, as well as inspiring photos of mountain-lovers in action among the Alpine scenery.
The valley offers some of the finest modern via ferratas in France, routes specifically designed for sport, with reliable and well-maintained equipment taking direct lines up soaring cliffs and into the deepest gorges.
Walks and scrambles allow real summits to be reached from the valley in a day, with views reaching to the highestgiants in the distance, and mountaineering journeys allow the highest summits to be reached without tackling glaciers.
Cyclists will find themselves surrounded by Alpine giantsfamiliar to any Tour de France followe, Col ded l'Iseran, Col du Galibier and Col de la Croix de Fer amongst them.
Nor will mountain bikers be disappointed, with waymarked trails threading through forests and ski lifts to take the sting out of long climbs.
Plenty of rock climbing venues cater for everyone climbing from V Diff through to the higher E grades.
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|The Vanoise National Park|
|Plants and flowers|
|Art and culture|
|When to go|
|Insurance and rescue|
|Maps and navigation|
|Wet weather alternatives|
|Using this guide|
|1 DAY WALKS|
|Route 1 Lac de l'Arcelle|
|Route 2 La Pierre aux Pieds|
|Route 3 Lac Blanc and Plan des Eaux|
|Route 4 Vallon de la Rocheure|
|Route 5 Pointe de Lanserlia|
|Route 6 Hannibal's Crossing (Col Clapier)|
|Route 7 Mont Froid|
|Route 8 Pointe de Bellecombe|
|Route 9 High Valley Walk|
|Route 10 Pointe de l'Observatoire|
|2 MOUNTAINEERING ROUTES|
|Route 11 Pointe Droset|
|Route 12 Crête de la Turra and Pointe du Grand Vallon|
|Route 13 Pointe des Fours|
|Route 14 3000ers Circuit|
|Route 15 Lessières Traverse|
|Route 16 Le Petit Vallon|
|Route 17 Roche d'Etache|
|Route 18 Traverse of Pointe de Cugne|
|Route 19 North Ridge of Cime du Laro|
|Route 20 Signal du Petit Mont Cenis|
|Route 21 Arête de Léché|
|Route 22 La Dent Parrachée|
|3 VIA FERRATAS|
|Route 23 Le Pichet, Lanslevillard|
|Route 24 The Pinnacles, Aussois|
|Route 25 Guy Favre, Balme Noir|
|The Victor Emmanuel Fort Complex|
|Route 26 Traversée des Anges|
|Route 27 Montée au Ciel|
|Route 28 Les Rois Mages|
|Route 29 Descente aux Enfers|
|Route 30 Remontée du Purgatoire|
|Via Ferrata/Rock Climbing|
|Route 31 Via Cordatta, Col de la Madeleine|
|4 ROCK CLIMBING|
|Route 32 Rocher des Amoureux|
|Route 33 Sollières|
|Route 34 Rocher de Termignon|
|Route 35 Blocs de la Madeleine|
|Route 36 Dalles du Mollard|
|Route 37 Drailles Blanches|
|5 MOUNTAIN BIKING|
|Bike hire and bike shops|
|Route 38 Termignon and Sollières Circuit|
|Route 39 La Girarde|
|Route 40 Champions' Loop|
|Route 41 Chemin du Petit Bonheur|
|Route 42 The Sardières Monolith|
|Route 43 Mont Cenis Circuit|
|6 ROAD RIDES|
|Route 44 Col du Mont Cenis|
|Route 45 Aussois Loop|
|Route 46 Col de l'Iseran|
|Route 47 Col du Galibier|
|7 WALKING TOURS|
|Route 48 Tour of the Vanoise Glaciers|
|Route 49 Tour of Méan Martin|
|Route 50 Tour of Pointe de l'Echelle|
|Appendix A Route summary tables|
|Appendix B Useful contacts|
|Appendix C Useful phrases|