Looking for a short climb between two thunderstorms, we headed to the Aiguilles de Van (Perrons) and climbed Acqua concert. The route is not the best we have done but it is straightforward, easy to find and it’s worth the climb for the stunning views over Mont Blanc on one side and Emosson, Buet, Ruan on the other.
Dramatic sky on the top of Aiguilles de Van (© P. Gatta)
This route is graded TD-+/6a/400m and has been opened by Michel Piola and Florian Schemel in 2004 – 2006.
Start (© P. Gatta)
Park at La Gueulaz, cross Emosson dam and follow the trail going to chalets de Loriaz. Then reach the base of Aiguilles de Van, here is the GPS Route.
pitch #3 (© P. Gatta)
The route has 11 Pitchs: 5c, 6a, 6a, 5b+, 2, 5c, 5b, 5b, 5c, 5b, 3c, 2.
Upper wall (© P. Gatta)
pitch #6 (© A. Gatta)
pitch #7 (© P. Gatta)
Acqua concert (© P. Gatta)
Acqua (© A. Gatta)
Acqua (© P. Gatta)
Descent: climb down toward SouthEast to the col between the North and South summits of Van. Then continuer down and follow a path down to the base of AIguille de Van.