Anyone done any mountaineering / climbing in the Ecrin as a break from riding at Deux Alpes, Alpes D'Huez? We camped at Venosc 2 years ago and used the via ferrata there to get up to the resort. This year we're planning on driving up to La Bararde and maybe do some easy Alpine stuff from there.
Any suggestions for peaks to climb, around PD grade? Did you need to book the huts in advance, what gear did you use? We're thinking of Col de Coolridge and a couple of others near by. Would it be safe to leave a small campervan with 2 bikes inside at La Bararde?