Rives de la Mer de Glace - Rocher des Mottets : Câline route

Rives de la Mer de Glace - Rocher des Mottets : Câline route


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  • Swisstopo - 46 - Val de Bagnes
  • Swisstopo - 282 - Martigny
  • Swisstopo - 1344 - Col de Balme
  • IGN - 3530ET - Samoëns/Haut-Giffre
  • IGN - 3630OT - Chamonix - Massif du Mont Blanc



route_types: loop
durations: 1 day(s)

climbing_outdoor_type: multi

configuration: face

quality: great

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4b > 4bA0

    I    P1 


elevation min/max : 1080 m / 1638 m

height_diff: +558 m / -560 m

height_diff_difficulties: 350 m




Situated above the village of “Les Bois”, the route takes a line up the slabby rocks of Mottets (north facing).

Approach 45 mins

From the heliport in Les Bois cross the river Arveyron (bridge) and take any of the mountain bike trails except the “Montee de Pepe). These all ascend to a signpost “sommet de la norvege”. (Start of the Via Corda Alpina). Follow the path to the right around three hairpins, past a little artificial dam in a stream and continue until just before a rockfall and sign post “Voie Caline”, (might now be missing!). If you get to some metal ladders you have gone to far!. Follow a path on the right, with cables and metal steps, to the start of the route. NB, before you get to the signpost you will have passed another, newer route called the “Princesse”, which takes a line to the right of Voie Caline.


The route consists of 19 pitches with an average length of 25 metres, well equipped with bolts and easy to follow. The first two or three pitches go straight up, the next two traverse to the right to reach an easy angled section where a roped party can move together. The last five or six pitches are a similar grade to the first three.
Alternative description : http://buvettedesmottets.com/docfr/docfr/escfr_05.html


From the last belay, follow to the right (W) faint tracks and cairns to the “Buvette des Mottets”, refreshments available. From here follow the path back towards Chamonix, and after about 20 minutes take the signposted turn off on the right, which brings you back to Les Bois. (1h)


  • An enjoyable outing, not sustained, but quite long

Sensitive areas
There are sensitive areas on this route. Please refer to the map.


  • 30m of rope is enough
  • 8 quickdraws and some slings


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