Grande Dalle

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Sport
Lots of sun!
35 mins
Uphill

A well-frequented sector of fine slab-climbing with a handful of longer routes tackling the walls above. Many of the routes on the Grande Dalle were put up over twenty years ago, and a few are starting to show signs of age, particularly the starts. The rock is solid, compact grey limestone with limited features, resulting in climbing that is both technical and absorbing. To the uninitiated the grades might feel a bit stiff, but persevere and you will be rewarded with some superb and unlikely moves. Be sure to bring your stickiest shoes, a good set of calves and as much technique as you can muster! Guidebook page 89.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
L'envie folle (La Dalette)
A short offering on the far left.
 
1 Stars
Technical
5a
2
Pendule pour l'enfer
1) 5, 2) 4+. A nice two-pitcher with an engaging first pitch.
 
2 Stars
Technical
5a
3
Tché-tché en lunule
1) 5, 2) 5. The first pitch is steep but with good holds most of the way. The second pitch is slightly easier.
 
1 Stars
5a
4
La voie de Philippe
1) 6a+, 2) 6a. A well protected 'bloc' move on the first pitch is the meat of this one. Ring bolts.
 
2 Stars
Technical
Crimpy
6a+
5
Trop sérieux s'abstenir
1) 4, 2) 5+. A short cruxy second pitch, or do it in one.
 
2 Stars
Technical
5c
6
Bathroom
The start on small pockets and smears is slippery, easier above.
 
2 Stars
Technical
6a
7
Messie c'est bleussipo
Head off just right of a vertical crack.
 
1 Stars
Reachy
5c
8
Hacuna matata
Climb the first half of the previous route and follow the crack rightward for a harder finale.
 
2 Stars
Reachy
Technical
5c
9
Le ratichon blagueur
Fine thin climbing 6m to the right of the previous route.
 
2 Stars
Crimpy
6a+
10
Chute libre
1) 6c+, 2) 6c+, 3) 7a. Classic hard slab climbing leads to steeper stuff above. The upper pitches see few ascents and should be...
 
2 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
Crimpy
Fluttery
7a
11
Engagez-vous y disaient!
Another fine route with a hard move near the top. Ring bolts.
 
2 Stars
Crimpy
6b+
12
Voleur de corde
More absorbing moves with a steep start on undercut holds.
 
2 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
6a
13
Roujas 2 Top 50
A superb outing on immaculate slabs featuring delicate moves in exposed positions. 1) 5+. Climb fairly directly on pockets...
 
3 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
Crimpy
6a+
14
Roujas 3
1) 5+, A thin slab and delicate broken corner lead to a belay. 2) 6a/A0. There are two options from the belay, both of...
 
2 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
6a
15
Vidéo gag
A good wandering line, shorter but worthwhile.
 
2 Stars
Technical
Crimpy
5c
16
Gag A
More direct and a touch harder than its neighbour to the left.
 
1 Stars
Technical
Crimpy
5c
17
Les racines du ciel
1) 6a+, 2) 7a. The second pitch is a steep sustained slab.
 
2 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
7a
18
Maya
 
2 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
7a
19
Petite fleur
 
2 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
Crimpy
7c
20
Salut les boulots
The last route is further up the gully.
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
7a+
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