Climbing guidebook for crags around Grenoble (Alps)

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Climbing around Grenoble

For the climber, Grenoble is perfectly located, at the crossroads of the limestone massifs of Vercors, Chartreuse and Belledonne. The crags span from the urban sites suitable for the climbing session just after work to multi-pitch routes in high altitude; there is something for everyone and at all levels.

We offer digital guidebooks of sport crags and multi-pitch routes equipped by the bolter association ECI team members. These sites are targeting a wide audience of climbers and are therefore not too elitist.

All the profits generated from the sale of OmegaRoc guidebooks for the Grenoble region are used for the maintenance and equipping of the local climbing sites.

The digital guidebook La Petite Corse

This guidebook consists of 27 multi-pitch routes and a small sport crag on the heights of Chamrousse.

La Petite Corse is a paradise for modest and/or pleasure-seeking climbers who prioritize enjoyable climbing. The gradings are accessible, and even when it becomes harder, the generous bolting keeps the mandatory grading at 5c and never beyond 6a!

Climbing here doesn’t make you a hero, but heroes are welcome!

Most routes span from 3 to 5 pitches, and the logical connections between the lower and upper cliffs allow for up to 300m of climbing, with a short connection walk accross the large median ledge.

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A natural area at the doorstep of Grenoble

La Petite Corse is located on the heights of the Romanche Valley, providing an unobstructed view of the peaks of the Ecrins and Vanoise massifs. The climbing site is a stone’s throw from the city but far from its noise and disturbances. Here, you climb under the curious gaze of abundant wildlife. The chamois and ibex find us rather clumsy on the approach paths, while the bearded vultures circle dreamily, hoping for a meal that, thanks to the generous bolting on the routes, is always denied to them.

The cliffs around Grenoble – digital guidebooks

Here we offer guidebooks for cliffs equipped by the association of route setters, ECI. These cliffs suit a diverse audience of climbers, avoiding an overly elitist approach.

By purchasing these regularly updated digital guides, you contribute to funding ECI’s equipment for climbing sites around Grenoble and in Isère.

The climbing guide collection around Grenoble is gradually expanding.

The following digital guidebooks are already available:

Note: The sites are only available individually.

Désert de l’Ecureuil

65 routes – predominant difficulty level: 6a/7a – 4.00 €
The site is divided into 3 sectors: Roc du Bagne, L’Histoire sans fin, and Les Travaux d’Hercule.
Facing southwest, this cliff is ideal during the shoulder seasons.

Climbing is very pumpy and requires a good route reading except for the left part of the crag where climbing is more technical.
This crag demanded a lot of work to clean it of loose rocks and to reinforce some holds with Sika glue.

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Le Désert des Froussards

19 routes – predominant difficulty level: 6b/6c – €3.00

In the shade from 01:00PM, Le Désert des Froussards is an ideal crag for the summer.
It provides varied and well-equipped climbing on beautiful grey-white limestone. The start of the routes are a bit steep and often height-dependent, but they lead to a slab and finish on a wall with crimps and flint protrusions, allowing for beautiful movements.

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Saint Paul de Varces

90 routes – predominant difficulty level: from 6b+ to 7c – 4.00€

This long south-facing crag is perfect for the shoulder season. The routes are long and airy at various inclination (slab, vertical and overhang) embellished with a few tufas.

The cliff is divided into eight sectors: Tous Bourrins, Sex Saint-Paul, Saint Paul Spot, Seconds couteaux, Polenta, Sous la Vire, La Vire du Silence, and Le Stagiaire.

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Pont Charvet

63 routes – predominant difficulty level: from 6c to 7c – 5.00€

Pont Charvet is the ideal summer cliff (north-facing) for climbers between grade 6+ and 7. The climbs are very long (up to 50m) on a very steep, yet well-sculpted, rock. Don’t rush, there’s enough space for everyone.

Note: The left part of the cliff can be climbed also in rainy weather… before the seepage appears.

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Explore the crags in the neighborhood

Here are somme digital guidebooks for climbing in the surroundings areas.

To see all the guidebooks available on the OmegaRoc app: The OmegaRoc guidebooks