La Duchère

La Duchère

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  • Swisstopo - 45 - Haute-Savoie
  • IGN - 3531ET - St-Gervais les Bains - Massif du Mont Blanc
  • IGN - 3531OT - Megève - Col des Aravis

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General

elevation: 1300 m

waypoint_type: climbing_outdoor

rock_types: gneiss, schiste
climbing_outdoor_types: single

rain_proof: exposed

children_proof: safe

routes_quantity: 91

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quality: medium

orientations

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Rating

climbing_rating_max: 7b+

climbing_rating_min: 3b

heights

elevation: 1300 m

height_min: 8 m

Style

climbing_styles: slab

Access

description

Slab climbing, with some overhangs, especially in the steep "Drilling" sector. Lots of choice at at F4 to F6, less up to F7a+. Single pitch and longer routes up to 5 pitches. Good site for learning multipitch climbing.

A comparatively new site, the result of a lot of hard work by the Contamines-Montjoie guides.
It is divided into 6 sectors:
UCPA sector: (to the left): 18 routes from 4c to 6b (15 to 30m).
This sector is not very popular as the rock is mossy. The three, 30m routes on the right (5c-6b) deserve to be cleaned as they give good climbing.
Grande Falaise and Cassalogne sectors, where there are some long, easy routes.
Lys sector: (to the right of the Grande Falaise): Very enjoyable routes of 15-20m, 5b to 6c( with most of the route being 5b-5c. Some 3 pitch routes).
Amphithéâtre sector: (below the Lys sector) Beginners area, popular with groups. Short routes (10-15m), from 3 to 6a+. The right hand end is great for kids who still have a slight fear of heights.
To the right of Lys:
Symphonie d'automne sector: 6 routes of 6b+ to 7b (15-20m), overhanging
Drilling sector: 9 routes from 6b to 7c+ (25-30m), overhanging

Remarks

Prone to water seepage in places. 3 days after rain the route "le vent siffle"(5b), "les campanules"(5b),"les ancolies"(5c), "les benoites" (6a+) in the sector Lys are often wet. The sector Ampitheatre dries more quickly, with the exception of "Blanchot"(5b) et "Titourson"(5c).
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pedestrian access

From the car park opposite the Notre dame cable car, go into the "parc des loisirs" and then follow the signs "Escalade" on a good track.

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