Mont Revard via Col de Plainpalais

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Mont Revard towers above Lac Bourget (the biggest lake in France). I had climbed this a couple of year’s back, with Doreen on her birthday, from Aix-les-Bains. Today, I climbed from the other main route starting in Chambery.

Click here for Mont Revard – North Route

It’s a long, not too steep, climb (26 kms, 1270 metres vertical). I skipped the first turn (D206a) to Revard to climb Col de Plainpalais (at 1,173 metres) which is just a bit past the second turn (D913) to Revard.

The little ski stations up higher have been devastated by the warm weather, and I only saw kids tobogganing. The lookout at the top of Mont Revard (1535 metres) sits on a sheer cliff overlooking the Lake with Mont Chat (one of my favorite climbs) on the other side. A giant Salade Savoyarde on the sunny patio of the restaurant, and then an almost hour descent.

I took the D206a detour back. This is a far more interesting road, and shortens the route – in other words its a steep detour, but I would recommend it to anyone looking for a tougher climb.

Grrr, forgot Camera so no Col photo.


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