La Grande Dalle

Sport
Lots of sun!
Up and Down
15 mins
Sheltered

The most popular section of the cliff with a fine array of off-vertical face climbs, generally on excellent rock. The easier routes can be polished, especially on the lower sections. Several of the routes are two pitches long. The addition of new bolts to the lowest section of many of the routes has eased the scary nature of the original 'gripper-clippers'. Many routes have a small metal plaque with name and grade stamped on to aid identification. Guidebook page 224.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Roc autopise
Nice climbing up the groove system after a steep start.
 
2 Stars
6a
2
Fondu enchainé
Only 6a once you are above the glossy start.
 
1 Stars
6a+
3
Haut les mains
Another hard start past a floral hole then straight up the slab.
 
2 Stars
6b
4
Déoderanthrope
The easiest route here. Quite polished, inevitably.
 
1 Stars
4+
5
Los bire fireal
A fine long pitch that feels a bit bold and slippery in places.
 
2 Stars
Rounded
Fluttery
5+
6
Les souris ont la peau dure
Keep left for the harder variation.
 
2 Stars
6b+
7
Les souris ont la peau tendre
The easier, direct version is cruxy.
 
2 Stars
6a
8
J'ai peur des mouches
A big pitch with a lot of excellent climbing.
 
3 Stars
Pumpy
6a+
9
Engagement provisoire
A fine pitch which may be split at half-height. The crux clip may be hard for short climbers.
 
2 Stars
Technical
6c+
10
Variante a momo
 6c
11
Chiche qu'on bulle
A right-hand start to the previous line starts under a flake and moves out left to climb the black streak.
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
6c
12
Je vous salue marie
 
2 Stars
Technical
Crimpy
6c+
13
Ton autre chemin
1) 6a+, 2) 6a+. Fine slab climbing on the first pitch to a chain in a cave. The second one is diagonal, and is hard to strip...
1 user comment
 
2 Stars
6a+
14
Premier de cordée
Good climbing with tricky moves to the lower-off. Direct is 6a.
 
2 Stars
5+
15
Chevauchée fantastique
An extension to the previous climb tackles a tricky traverse along the beckoning pockets to reach the crux.
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
6b+
16
Légende de Tarzan
Tackle the bulge linking the last two routes, in one 35m pitch.
 
2 Stars
6c
17
Cap'tain colla
The steep line between the caves feels hard for the grade, until you find the holds.
 
2 Stars
Technical
Crimpy
6c+
18
Lichen globe trotter
1) 5, 2) 5+. Two good pitches skirting the right edge of the right-hand cave then following the groove and wall above.
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
5+
19
Action directe
A desperate outing up the blank face. No name plate on this one but it starts 2m left of Pas du trou.
 
1 Stars
Technical
Crimpy
7b+
20
Pas du trou
A hard start leads to sustained slab climbing on good rock.
 
1 Stars
Technical
Crimpy
6b
21
Esculape
The easiest line here links the start of one route with the finish of another by a short leftwards diagonal.
 
2 Stars
Technical
Rounded
6a+
22
Flemme olympique
This is the direct finish to the previous climb.
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
6b+
23
Si c'est pas sûr
Trend right though the bushes to access the clean slab.
 
1 Stars
Technical
7a+
24
Chier i poil
1) 7a, 2) 6c+. Hard climbing up the smooth grey face leads to a long sustained pitch on the upper face.
 
2 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
7a
25
Le mur du vieux grimpeur
1) 5+, 2) 6a+. The rock looks suspect, but P1 is a fine long pitch. Continue up the steeper wall to the left after the stance.
 
3 Stars
Pumpy
6a+
26
Cachous lajaunie
1) 7a, 2) 6a. Start by moving left through the flaky yellow overlap. Can be done in one long pitch.
 
Pumpy
7a
27
Septembre vert
Use the same first bolt as the last climb, but go direct.
 
1 Stars
6a+
28
Salut les Mickeys
Sustained juggy climbing up the flaky corner/groove.
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
5+
29
Silicose man
A technical start accesses the pleasant amble above.
 
1 Stars
Technical
6a+
30
Le diédre du crâne
1) 4, 2) 5, 3) 5+. The fine long groove is a bit polished and can be slow to dry after rain. Abseil descent.
 
2 Stars
Rounded
5+