La Duchère

La Duchère

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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




climbing_rating_max: 7b+

climbing_rating_min: 3b


elevation: 1300 m

height_min: 8 m


climbing_styles: slab



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


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).

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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