North face of Mont Pelvoux
|Elevation||3,946 m (12,946 ft)|
|Prominence||448 m (1,470 ft)|
|Listing||Alpine mountains above 3000 m|
Pointe Durand: 30 July 1828 by Captain Durand, A. Liotard and J. E. Matheoud
The highest point on the mountain is Pointe Puiseux. There are three subpeaks:
- Pointe Durand (3,932 m)
- Petit Pelvoux (3,753 m)
- Trois Dents du Pelvoux (3,682 m)
The first ascent of Mont Pelvoux was by Captain Durand and the two chamois hunters Alexis Liotard and Jacques-Etienne Matheoud on July 30, 1828. This party returned, with more people, to the summit in 1830. Both times they climbed the "Pointe Durand".
The highest point is named after the astronomer Victor Puiseux, who reached it first with his guide Pierre Antoine Barnéoud on August 9, 1848. Barnéoud had been the third guide in the 1830 re-ascent.
- Guillaume Christian, La Première Ascension du Pelvoux en 1828
- W.A.B. Coolidge, Victor Puiseux et la Première Ascension du Mont Pelvoux, The Alpine Journal, Volume 19, 1898
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