Tète Fenetre 2823m, 9/7 2013
Tète de Fonteinte 2772m

Initially my target is Mont Fourchon, 2902m. I park the car about one km below the Grand st. Bernard pass, on the Italian side on 2360m. (larger picture)

 


Immediately I encouter snow. That was not a part of my plan. Not at this modest altitude in july. But there has been a lot of snow in the Alps this year. (larger picture)

There are some clouds over the peaks, but they dissolve as it gets warmer. I make an early start because the forecast predicts rain and thunderstorms for the afternoon.  (larger picture)

Looking up towards the st. Bernard pass you can see the clouds towering up already. Probably it's a good idea to start early. (larger picture)

Because of the snow I have to skip my initial target. It's steep and to much snow on the slopes to Mont Fourchon, and I didn't bring my crampons. A little improvisation is required, and I choose Tète Fenetre, 2823m. To the right of the mountain there are enough bare areas for me to climb, without having to cross very much snow. (larger picture)


As a secondary target there is the south peak of Tète de Fonteinte, 2772m, accessible over a ridge from Tète Fenetre. There is also a good way down to the right of this mountain, and further down the stony slopes. (larger picture)

Luckily, the snow is hard. The final section towards the summit of Tète Fenetre is fairly steep, but accessible on the tracks you can follow. (larger picture)

Mt. Blanc is covered in clouds, but the areas north of it are not. And that's some view! A small summit cairn to the left. (larger picture)

Further to the west, into Switzerland.  (larger picture)

The valley Val Ferrel in Switzerland. (larger picture)

Time to try the ridge. In fact it's easy to pass beacause there is a good trail going all the way. (larger picture)

The south peak of Tète de Fonteinte straight ahead, and Pointe de Dróne 2950m in the background. (larger picture)

Down to the pass Fenétre de Ferret, 2698m. This is the border between Italy and Switzerland. (larger picture)

The climb to Tète de Fonteinte from the pass is about 80 altitude meters, but it's steep and requires scrambling. This is no peak for beginners. Here you climb the rupture with the impacted stone. (larger picture)

The high point on the south summit of Tède Fonteinte. You climb the rapture in the middle of the picture. The main summit is visible from here, and it seems far more accessible. This peak also seems easier to climb from the other side. (larger picture)

A look back to Tète Fenetre. Behind are som sharp peaks closer to Mt. Blanc. (larger picture)
I'm not sure if these are French or Italian Alps, but they belong to the great peaks north of Mt. Blanc. (larger picture)