Glaciers of the Écrins

Glaciers of the Écrins
Mont Pelvoux (3946 m.) and glacier

Continuing my photographic hunt for glaciers, those slow moving but ever more remote quarry. Our hike from the Col de Granon (2404 m.) gives great views both to the Écrins and to the Savoie Alps. The geology is tortuous because the views are across colliding tectonic plates as well as the action of the glaciers, wind, rain and frost.

The clear air enabled us to identify Mont Thabor (3178 m.) which I summited in 2014. The stone chapel just down from the top will be relocated this autumn because of erosion.
Still very dry underfoot although the first of the autumn storms has provided some rain and the birds are back. There’s a through route from Serre-Chevalier-Vallée-Briançon to Névache and the Vallée de la Clarée for bikes but not motors.
Note the Manfrotto rucksac with specific features for location photography.

Glaciers of the Écrins
Barre des Écrins (4102 m.) and the top of the Glacier Blanc

Glaciers of the Écrins
Binoculars at the Col des Cibières (2525 m.)

Glaciers of the Écrins

View from the Col de l’Oule
Probably a female Traquet motteux - Oenanthe oenanthe - Northern Wheatear

View from the Col de l’Oule
At the Col de l’Oule (2546 m.)

View from the Col de l’Oule

Mont Thabor (3178 m.), view from the Col de l’Oule
Mont Thabor, view from the Col de l’Oule (2546 m.)

View from the Col de l’Oule
Mountain trail bikers crossing Les Cibières between Granon en route to Névache

View from the Col de l’Oule
Mountain trail bikers crossing Les Cibières between Granon en route to Serre-Chevalier

View from the Col de l’Oule
Motorbiker at the Col de Granon (2404 m.)

Glaciers of the Écrins
View back to the Écrins from the Col de Granon (2404 m.)