Little secret places for climbing Ekren

What would you say this summer about climbing Ekren and discovering the secret places of our local climbers?

@ Rogir Van Rijn

Since Pays des Écrins has many other places in addition to Ailefroide, we invite you to come and climb in small corners of paradise, less visited, which will make your holiday a real vacation.

Surrounded by high mountains in untouched places, you can practice swimming in routes 3 to 8, alternating different types of rocks and the atmosphere that characterizes this area.

@ Rogir Van Rijn

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– One of the best preserved corners of nature in the territory, the small village of Champcella, which has about fifteen seats and more than 350 routes worth discovering! Among them we present two sites: Pontey and Chambon.

Le Ponteil is a large limestone cliff that can be reached in 10 minutes. Routes are rated from 5 to 7. This southern rock allows you to climb it all year round, even in winter;). One of the features of this beautiful place is that there is an exceptional peregrine falcon, which can be observed without disturbing it.

Le Ponteil is a historic site with great routes opened in the 1970s, revived with the opening of several sectors of one-step routes. Therefore, there is a large rock with a height of 130 to 180 m and its main routes, as well as the newest sectors of about fifty fairly long routes (30-35 m) level 5c / 6a to 7c.

Le Chambon is a very nice place (in the shade in the afternoon), very easily accessible and ideal for beginners. This is a small school on a rock (max. 20 meters), which is suitable for children and adult beginners, ideal for families. Be careful, the site is not big! Routes 3 to 6b with a large apartment at the foot of the limestone cliff to have fun with your family while climbing.

@ Rogir Van Rijn

– Two very beautiful places that can be opened in a different atmospherethat of the villages of Saint-Martin-de-Carrier, Cas-de-Preles and Vignette.

La Casse de Prelles offers routes 3 to 7 with a 15-minute walk. The view of Brianconne is exceptional and clear. The breed is quartzite.

Routes 3 to 8 can also be found on the Limestone Vignette website with very quick access. In summer it gets hot quickly, but in the rest of the year this place is often practical.

@ Rogir Van Rijn

– The sector for beginners is the best in Pays des Écrins, Rock Baron. Arrival by car with large parking lots, ideal place with children. Routes 3 to 7 with quartzite rock. Here you will find peace and be able to share wonderful moments around a friendly and easy climb.

– The most beautiful secret place for experienced climbers, sector Entraigues. Metamorphic rock on the north side: routes from minimum 6a to 8. Here you will climb to the gates of the Ekren National Park at an altitude (1600 m), where the summer is cool in hot weather. Access to the site is very easy and it is also a good place for a bivouac.

At Pays des Écrins, we rely on the individual reception of people to make your mountaineering holiday as enjoyable on the walls as in our villages with their relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

You realize this, whether in a small unknown village like Champchella, or the very famous Eilefroide, there are wonderful routes everywhere and, above all, an exotic and rejuvenating atmosphere in our beautiful mountains.

@ Rogir Van Rijn

And if you want to add a little holiday and madness, visit our climbing / outdoor activities:

Everything is blocked : meetings and competitions around the quarter throughout the territory, from 25 to 30 July 2022

Guides’ DayJuly 31 in Ifroyd

High Line Festivalfrom 1 to 4 September 2022 in Argentiere.


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