Monday, 25 June 2012

La Berarde

Not the only with a sore ass!
La Berarde Some days you feel great, but not today. Yesterday's efforts really told! Ian remembered a trip he did from La Berarde to La Grave, on a walking trip with Keith and friends about 35years ago, and he was impressed by the remoteness of the place. Steve and Ali, campers opposite us, had just come back from walking there and were thrilled by the fact that La Berarde is right in the thick of the Ecrins mountains. It was an old shepherding village, literally at the end of the road. 20 miles to a beautiful cul-de-sac. You take the road to Briancon, and then come off at Le Clapier, following the road to Venosc and St Christophe. The road climbs steeply 11% over 3kms. As the road hairpins up to St Christophe, you can see the white-water rafters on the churning river Veneon. The Veneon Valley is spectacular, and the road climbs steadily and more easily up to L Berarde. Time for a small beer and take in the snowy mountain scene. The majestic SW slopes of the Ecrins reach 4102m, wonderful and quiet. Because there's no Col as such to conquer, you don't get hoards of motor-cyclists. Because it's a long cul-de-sac, you don't get much traffic. Consequently, it's mainly cyclists, and not many of them, so lovely and quiet. A shorter day, today, only 4hours in the saddle!
St Christophe dOisans
Would definitely repeat this ride!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Marie, Ian. I remember La Berarde very well, great place. Seems like you're having a great time, you must be so fit after what appears to be quite a punishing schedule! Well impressed by your ascent times. Mum was down at the weekend and she is okay, better than she was at Xmas. Look forward to catching up with oyu at her 90th party. Al got a 2.1 and will continue onto a management course at Cambridge, which is good news. Look after oyurselves. Keith and Deb

Marie said...

Hi Keith
We were discussing which route we took that time with You, Andy and Steve.Which mountain did we climb?
Will see you soon
Ian and Marie

Anonymous said...

Bonne question, mes amis. I reckon it was Cime de l'Encoula but would have to see a picture to be sure...I've just looked on google maps. We did Barre des Ecrins after you left which is quite easy, just need crampons and ice axe. Will you see any of the tour? Wiggo looks like he could do it this time, will be fasinating to watch although I go to Aus for 2 weeks this w/end. take care Keith

Marie said...

Dont think we will see any of tour but do think Wiggo can win it. Hope you can catch it in Oz?
See you