We climbed the left ice fall (Cascade) of Gialorgues but the conditions were far from good: the ice fall is not well formed, rather thin and fragile with running water underneath. The temperature of -7 degrees was too warm too. There was a lot of soft snow from the river to the bottom of the ice fall, up to the knee even with the snow shoes.
Philippe, left ice fal (cascade) of Gialorgues (Â© A. Gatta)
Ice fall: graded II+/4, 100m, 3 pitches: 1st pitch: 80-85Â°, the two other pitches are easier but were not in condition today.
left ice fall (Cascade) of Gialorgues (Â© P. Gatta)
Access to the ice fall: 2 km, ascent: 200m. park at St Dalmas le Selvage (1496 m) and go toward the Vallon of Gialorgues, pass the signpost 66 and continue on the good trail to the West. After 20-30 minutes the left ice fall of Gialorgues is visible on the other side. Descend to the river and go straight up to the ice fall, another 20-40 minutes depending on the snow conditions.
Left ice fall (Cascade) of Gialorgues (Â© A. Gatta)
Anna walking to the ice fall in the deep snow (Â© P. Gatta)