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Submitted By: LeeAB on Jan 7, 2009  with updates from Zach Alberts
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Description 

Morning sun and afternoon shade. This secture is relatively secluded as the routes are mostly 3 and 4 pitches long about 300' to 500' tall. Amazing multi pitch sport climbing.

Getting There 

From the waterfall head right past Biographie and Demi Lune till the trail crests a hill and heads back down, keep your eyes open for the via-ferrata descent (rebar ladder rungs drilled and glued into the rock). You will pass a secture that has only a few routes then drop down to the base of the Grande Face. Approach from the water fall takes about 30 minutes.

There is now a trail which leads directly to the base of the Grand Face. It is generally steep, but a much more direct and often quicker acess to this part of the cliff than the other trails. If you are staying at the camping or the gite, it's probably better to save a little gas and the hassle of displacing your car and use the normal acess trails (ie Biography) and traverse the cliffline. If you're headed up the hill coming from Sigoyer, take a righthand turn marked 'les bonnets' just before the camping. Follow this road up and left for about 1km and park just before the gate in a small dirt parking area. The trail starts just at the parking behind a trail sign. Marked along the way with red dots

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Weather station 30.5 miles from here

1 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]


Featured Route For Grande Face

Inesperance 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  Europe : France : ... : Grande Face
P1-Climb up a corner then face to an anchor.P2-Continue up and at the next anchor drop your belay device, have your partner show you how to tie a munter hitch if you don't already know.P3-Cast off on one of the best pitches anywhere. Climb the rippling white shield of rock on perfect 2 and 3 finger pockets and little else. They are always just within a reasonable distance from the last hold. bolted anchor.P4-I thought that this was a little harder than the 5.11d grade given. Confusing climbing u...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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