Roche Paillon

In the right conditions the ascent of Roche Paillon from the Refuge des Ecrins is a beautiful grade 2 snow and ice climb. However, in recent years during the summer the gully leading to the summit loses it's snow, making it an unprotected scramble up tottering shale. Likewise the continuation along the arete leading to Roche Emile Pic is a super tour given the right conditions, but technically tricky and dirty later in the year. Best to go in late spring or early summer. 

Region
France - Ecrins
Difficulty
III - long steep sections. Use of technical equipment necessary
Length
From Refuge des Ecrins 500m of ascent to Roche Paillon, then mostly descent with a small climb at the end to the col Emile Pic. 500m of descent from here to Glacier Blanc.
Time required
From Refuge de Glacier Blanc, 2 hour to Refuge des Ecrins, allow 3h to summit, 2h to Col Emile Pic, 1 hour to descend to Glacier Blanc
Accommodation

Refuge des Ecrins is situated at the foot of Roche Paillon, or Refuge du Glacier Blanc about 2 hours walk from the start of the climbing.