Mr. Patterson, Col Collector

The list below, a record of the climbs (that have names recognized by Google) I did this year, started to impress me after hitting 15 or so. I had no idea I had climbed so many mountains this season.

Col Collecting Tip #1: do a double Etape du Tour. There’s some major bang for your buck when it comes to cols. I got over 9 of them in the course of those two days, filling up my list with some pretty well-known hills.

  1. Côte du Rocher du Sampzon (282m) – Cévennes?
  2. Mt. Bouquet (629m) x2 – Cévennes
  3. Col de la Lusette (1351m) – Cévennes
  4. Pas de Peyrol (1589m) – Massif Central
  5. Super Besse (1325m) – Massif Central
  6. Col de la Madeleine (1993m) – Alps
  7. Col du Glandon (1924m) – Alps
  8. Col de la Croix de Fer (2067m) – Alps
  9. Col du Mollard (1630m) – Alps
  10. La Touissiere (1705m) – Alps
  11. Col d’Aspin (1489m) – Pyrenees
  12. Col d’Aubisque (1709m) – Pyrenees
  13. Col du Tourmalet (2115m) – Pyrenees
  14. Col du Soulor (1474m) – Pyrenees
  15. Col du Peyresourde (1755m) – Pyrenees
  16. Mont Aigoual (1567m) x2 – Cévennes
  17. Col de Montgenevre (1855m) – Alps
  18. Col de l’Echelle (1762m) – Alps
  19. Col du Galibier (2645m) – Alps
  20. Col du Lautaret (2058m) – Alps
  21. Col d’Izoard (2361m) – Alps
  22. Cime de la Bonette (2860m) – Alps
  23. Col d’Allos (2250m) – Alps
  24. Col de la Cayolle (2326m) – Alps
  25. Col de Champs (2087m) – Alps
  26. Col de Vars (2108m) Alps
  27. Mont Ventoux (1911m) – x6 – Pré-Alpes 

Col Collecting Tip #2: It also helps to live in France and to have friends with cars. But really, that’s about all you need…oh, and un-arthritic knees might be advisable (more on that soon!).

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12 thoughts on “Mr. Patterson, Col Collector

  1. Don’t forget Col du Soulor ….. yes I know once you’ve climbed Aubisque you’ve got it, but still … it has a sign! Did you write up Aigoual, I’d like to read it if I somehow missed the post. It was a major blunder that I was so close but didn’t get there in the Cevennes.

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