La Meije is a mountain in the Massif des Écrins range, located at the border of the Hautes-Alpes and Isère départements. It overlooks the nearby village of La Grave, a mountaineering Centre and ski resort, well known for its off-piste and extreme skiing possibilities.
La Meije is composed of three principal summits. The highest point is the Grand PIC de la Meije at 3,984 metres. The Grand Pic is notorious in that there is no "easy" path to the top. For this reason, La Meije was the last major peak in the Alps to be summited. The first ascent was made on August 16, 1877 by Pierre Gaspard and his son and their client Emmanuel Boileau de Castelnau. In 1891, J. H. Gibson, U. Almer and F. Boss made the first traverse of the ridge, from west to east. Conrad Kain was the first to ascend La Meije from the south side. The south side is widely considered to be the most difficult face of La Meije.