La Boule

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Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill
15 mins
Sheltered

An impressive wave of compact rock that offers some fine hard routes along with a few worthwhile mid-graders on superbly-sculptured rock. Guidebook page 170.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
L'ami pierrot
Pleasant climbing up the crack near the left arete.
 5
2
Unétique dangereuse
Nice moves, but badly chipped up the bulges.
 
Reachy
6c
3
La nuit des chats bottés
The crack will suit those who enjoy physical graunchiness.
 
1 Stars
Graunchy
6b+
4
Tchernobagne
A diagonal slab leads to a delightfully airy finish.
 
1 Stars
Technical
6b+
5
Dulfer mild
The rib left of the hollow succumbs to a dynamic approach.
 
1 Stars
Technical
6c+
6
Bio bang
Move left from the next route. Cruxy and chipped near the top.
 
Technical
Crimpy
8a
7
La mauvaise reputation
Climb the orange groove, but don't count you chickens when it seems to be in the bag - the last move is ungradeable.
 
1 Stars
7b
8
Lacune dans le bas niveau
The wonderful sustained moves up the orange streak feel harder if the holds aren't chalked. Move right at top into Alkaline...
 
3 Stars
Pumpy
Crimpy
7b
9
Alkaline
A direct approach is unlikely to work.
 
2 Stars
Technical
7b+
10
Alkaline Direct
Very fine climbing up steep rock on small pockets.
 
3 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
Crimpy
8a+
11
Willow
More chipping, but at least the moves are good.
 
1 Stars
Technical
Crimpy
8a
12
Le chemin des croises
Start right of a stump. Sustained climbing with two distinct cruxes.
 
3 Stars
Crimpy
7a+
13
Zizi taupe
Hopefully, chipped and Sika'd routes like this monstrosity are a thing of the past.
 
Pumpy
Crimpy
8a
14
Super power
One of the better hard routes on this wall.
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
Crimpy
8a+
15
Anaconda
The original route here takes a line up a lovely twisting groove.
 
2 Stars
Technical
Crimpy
8a
16
Cocaine blues
The grey groove with massive bolts looks dusty, but climbs well.
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
Crimpy
7c+
17
Butter cookies
Use holds to the right at the start. Taking the direct (blinkered)approach is much harder.
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
Crimpy
7c
18
Jennifer
Up the right-hand side of the rib, the holds get progressively smaller and further apart before the steeper finish.
 
2 Stars
Reachy
Pumpy
Crimpy
7b+
19
Avec un d comme duce
 
1 Stars
8a
20
Platitude
Great technical climbing, but very hard and quite reachy.
 
1 Stars
Reachy
Technical
Crimpy
7c+
21
Gribouille
Tough locks between good rests lead to a choice of grooves.
 
1 Stars
6a