Climbing

 

Rock climbing areas

La Salle les Alpes
Le Bez

Grades: from 3 to 6b – Access: above Pontillas lake. – 80m height gain. – Nice well equipped crag on granite.

Outdoo wall in Villeneuve
Le Monêtier les Bains

Pantalon Grades: from 3 to 5+ – Access: 10mins, opposite service station. Bolted. Extra info: overhanging 20m rappel into space.

Le Casset
Grades: from 3 to 6b bouldering – Access: On right after village of Le Casset on way to Le Lautaret. Numerous granite blocks for bouldering.

La Petite Casse
Grades: from 3 to 6b bouldering – Access: Les Guibertes road towards Briançon. On right, walk up through field at foot of pine forest.

La Grande Casse
Grades: from 3 to 5 – Access: Chemin des Espagnols, piste side. – 15m height gain. Limestone boulders roughly 150m from Charvet. 15mins.

Puy Maubert
Grades: from 3 to 6c – Access: 3km from Le Monêtier on way to Le Lautaret, 300m after Le Casset road on right. Several 15-25m limestone crags. Excellent equipment. Around 30 routes

Falaises de l’Eperon
Grades: from 3 to 6b – Access: 1km after Le Pont de l’Alpe on right – Path to cliff, 25mins. Very interesting climbing.

Les Lauzières
Grades: from 6 to 7b. – Access: 1km after Le Pont de l’Alpe on right of Eperon. – Several equipped routes, between TD and ED; right-hand routes are shorter but harder.

Via ferrata

Saint Chaffrey
Le Rocher Blanc

Access free – Level: not very hard and hard – Access: 20mins from top of Chantemerle cablecar – Via ferrata: 105m height gain – Total time: 2hrs. Two routes for 2 levels of ability. Extra info: rock looks out over Serre Chevalier from an altitude of 2475m.

La Salle les Alpes
Le Rocher du Bez

Access free – Level: easy – Access: 30mins from Villeneuve – Via ferrata: 75m height gain – Total time: 2hrs. Really nice little via ferrata, suitable for everyone (equipment not too spaced apart makes it good for kids). Extra info: one section actually goes inside cliff itself.

Monêtier les Bains
L’Aiguillette du Lauzet
Access free – Level: not very hard – Access: 1hr from Le Pont de l’Alpe – Via ferrata: 500m height gain – Total time: 5-6hrs. Great vertical hike that’s a real day’s outing and finishes up on an elegant 2600m summit. Extra info: descent through a veritable marmot playground.

Other via ferrata routes in the Briançon region: La Grande Falaise (Fressinières), Les Gorges de la Durance (l’Argentière), Le Colombier (Les Vigneaux), Tournoux (Puy St Vincent), La Croix de Toulouse (Briançon), Les Mines du Grand Clôt (La Grave)

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