Summer 2011 trip to Chartreuse

Grotte du Guiers Vif resurgence cave

The summer trip was a great success, only spoiled by our club President breaking his ankle in two places while on a Trou Du Glaz to Grotte du Guiers Mort through trip. He was able with the help of other Red Rose members to get himself out of the cave and was hospitalised in Grenoble for a week where he had surgery on his leg. He has now returned home via Geneva airport and Easyjet!

Members did quite a lot of caving including several through trips on the Dent du Croll system, trips to Guiers Vif system and other minor caves.

There will be a slideshow evening at Bullpot Farm on Sat 15th Oct at 8pm. All members are invited. Please bring only 40 or so slides each to give everyone a chance to show their photos.

At least three separate parties did the Trou du Glaz to Guiers Mort 300 metre deep through trip. The “A” team did the 600m deep P40 to Guiers Mort through trip. Although the article in a recent Descent and information from Petzl employees stated that the exposed path round the southern

Sam Leiberman about to descend Lantern Pitch2

edge of the Dent du Crolles was too dangerous to use we found this was not the case and with care it was possible to get to both Grotte Annette and Grotte Chavalier. This meant that two separate parties did the Trou du Glaz to Grotte Annette through trip, which takes you right under the Dent du Crolles massif from one side to the other. This is a fine trip with plenty of entertainment including traverses, up and down pitches, boulder chokes, large passages and even some crawling. A number of members thought this was the best trip of the holiday.

A variety of Via Ferrata in Grenoble and Chartreuse and canyons were also tackled along with some spectacular walking in the Chartreuse mountains. Lots of family excursions were also undertaken. Some photos will appear below.

While we were there it was Sandra Wilkinson’s birthday so Mel arranged a party and most people who were there turned up at some stage.

Most members managed a visit to the Saint Christophe le Grotte show caves. This is an historic site with two fine show caves, a walk along a Sardinian Way roman road, a roman bridge and visitor’s centre. The road was the main route between Lyon and Turin until a tunnel was built through the mountain in the Nineteenth Century.

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Sandra's birthday party

Ray gets taken off to hospital!

A welcome beer after a walk up Cirque St Mer

Last group to leave the campsite

Ray's leg after the operation!

Visiting time at the hospital!

Club members on Grotte Annette thru trip

Heather and Paul in Gallerie 43

Slug in main passage of Grotte Chavalier

Grotte St Christophe show cave