How to get there
It depends on the snow conditions. Starting from the last alpine pasture touched by the dirt road (The Arp), follow the path leading to the Laghi delle Laures. Leave it almost immediately to cross to the left in the direction of the ice climb featuring a peculiar oblique face from right to left. 10 minutes from the end of the dirt road or 1 hour from the last houses of Grand Brissogne.
Description of the route
This is the centre line of the lower part of the Laures amphitheatre. Well recognisable thanks to its diagonal and straight courses from right to left. It offers a wonderful atmosphere, embedded in the rocks that vaguely resemble a gully. Recommendable.
Length: 200 m
First ascent: A Casalegno, F. Toldo 1985
Altitude: 1400 m
Coordinates: Lon.: 7,40693 Lat.: 45,704773 – UTM (ED50) – X: 376072,89 Y: 5062679,33
Series of never vertical ridges interspersed with connecting stretches. Normally, it is climbed with four long pitches; all belays are made on ice. No material in place.
Descent: the most fulfilling and fun solution is surely to follow the icy stream in its entirety until you are a few metres east of the La Vieille alpine pasture. Follow the path to the right down to the base. Alternatively, you can still descend anywhere by abseiling, using the many trees available. No material in place.
Text and photos taken from Effimeri barbagli (M. Giglio, 2014), the complete guide to ice climbs in Aosta Valley.