Rochers De Chalves By Le Petit Sapey
From the village of le Gua cross over the Pont du Gua (bridge). About 150 meters past the bridge a track leads off to the right, the track splits in three - to the right a small cabin, to the left a wide track and straight ahead a narrow path leads up the hill. The path is marked with blue spots. This path joins a wide track that heads north. At 942 meters there is a left hairpin, follow this to le Petit Sapey. There is a small wooden building here, this could serve as a shelter in a storm but is not particualy comfortable. The track narrows at this point and turns north-east through woods. At about 1250 meters there is a cairn (with a wooden sign indicating Chalves) from here a smaller, less distinct path leads north to exit the woods onto the ridge at 1500 meters. From here you can see an impressive pillar called the Ouillon. The path continues up the ridge, there are various blue marks and arrows. Follow the track towards the right side of the south-west ridge, as you cross around you will see a couloir to your left. The path is not clear but follow this couloir which climbs up the west side of the ridge, at the top of the couloir a small path leads down the other side. On the right you can climb up a rocky path, this is steep and exposed in places. It leads into another grassy couloir, follow the right side of this, you will see a cave, then there is a scramble to exit at point 1819 meters. The walk across to the summit at point 1845meters is relatively flat although there are some deep potholes so it is not the place to be in poor visibility.
It is possible to climb the south-west ridge directly. The rock has good grip. As you cross the couloir after the Ouillon continue around an outcrop. You will see a fissure in the rocks to the left. Climb this to reach the south-west ridge which you can ascend to the summit. This is a climb in the 3.* range.
|Summit||Rochers De Chalves|
|Maps||IGN TOP 25 3334 OT Chartreuse Sud|
|Starting Altitude||640 meters|
19th July 2007
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