Gorges d'Omblèze All Sport climbing167 routes in crag
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The Gorges d'Omblèze (Limestone Crag) has a cool and humid microclimate along the small Gervanne river. The eastern Walls warm up in the morning sun.
There is a road going through the Gorges with many sectors to be found on the left and right side of the Gervanne stream. Although it is close to the road the spots are quiet and the view from the top through the Gorge is amazing. The old-school climbing routes are sometimes quite demanding and have far spaced bolts that ask for determination and courage.
Driving towards Plan de Baix from Valence, via Crest and Beaufort-sur-Gervanne. Go down D578 in direction of Omblèze (4,1km). At the split do not cross the little bridge but continue along the stream until you arrive to the entrance of the Gorges. No Camping, No Caravaning
The approach paths are quite steep and there are only a few ropes between trees helping to get to some spots.
As there are no clippable carabiners on the chains, best practice for most of the routes is to lower from own material and to abseil when cleaning.
The Gorges D'Omblèze as well as the upper Cliff named Falaise d'Anse have been equipped first in the late 70's and especially in the 90's. The famous Multpitch "Faubourg des Hirondelles" has ben set by the climber Michel Piola. Along with some friends Philippe Saury and Denis Boit set most of the equipped routes starting from 1989. The site has been less visited in the past years since in the region many new sites have sprung to life. Nonetheless it is a classical and very enjoyable climbing spot with over 200 routes that can be climbed even in the hot temperatures of summer! The nearby waterfall "Chutes de la Druise" is a much visited natural tourist attraction.
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