Climbs 240
Rocktype Granite
Altitude 1300m a.s.l
Faces all

Ben Potard, Au Fil du Temps, Giétroz Gorge © jon

Crag features

Not so much a crag as a minature massif situated just 100m into Switzerland from the Franco Swiss border, only 20mins from Chamonix. (Most people coming from the Chamonix direction don't even realise they've crossed the border...) It features numerous good multi pitch routes and many single pitch sectors dotted around, which give some of the best valley climbing in the Chamonix area. It's compact and complex and impossible to provide all necessary access info on this page. Study the guidebook carefully for access to your chosen sector.
When doing long routes, bear in mind that it does become quite busy in the summer and although most routes are equipped for abseil descent it's better to walk down so as not to interfere with ascending parties. (The exception to this is La Grande Face, which is abseil only.) Thus you can climb with either a single 50m or 2x50m. The descent path, however, also passes some great single pitch crags where you can enjoy a few more pitches for your money. In this case take a single 70m.
NOTES:
1) Routes without names have been numbered from the latest guide book - shown below. Existing ticks have been transfered to these numbers.
2) A number of routes in Bouchy Gorge have been affected by a 'rockfall', caused when the Emosson Company released a large amount of water into the valley above the crag. This washed down a complete scree slope into the gorge. Virtually all the routes have been affected, some more than others, however, most routes are still excellent and their starts are being systematically re-bolted with respect to the new ground level. NOTE: This applies to the GORGE only - all other sectors of Bouchy remain unaffected. At the moment, (18.10.09.), only the last two routes on the data base are waiting for their re-equipment. I have yet to re-climb the last three...
3) The orientation of each sector is shown after its name (N, S, E or W)

Approach notes

Approaches vary from 15 to 45 minutes walk from the parking areas to start of the climbs. Access is from either Barberine (F) Châtelard (CH) or Giétroz (CH) depending on your chosen sector. PLEASE park as noted in the guide book at the entrances to these villages...

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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 PASSET DU HAUT (SE) 
2Variant6c  
3Sue-Ellen6b ** 
4Dallas
-
6c+ ***1
5JR
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6a ***2
6Saga6a+ ***1
7Clayton
-
6a+ ** 
8Bobby
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5c *2
9Pam
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5c 2
 passet du bas gauche (W and SE) (nos refer to Barberine topo) 
11La traversée du dragon (1)6c **1
12La mousson (2)
-
6a+ 1
13Digue, dingue, donc (3)
-
6a+  
14Le village englouti (4)
-
6b+ 2
15Missing? (5)6c  
16Le cheval de Troie (6)7b * 
17Le cheval à bascule (7)7a * 
18Emotion à Emosson (8)
-
6b+ **1
19Les tendres souhaites (9)
-
6a 1
20Bonne nuit les petits (10)6c **2
21La cigale et la fourmi (11)6a+ **3
22Le Pas Obligatoire6b **2
23Poèmes et comptines (12)6c+ **1
24Pimprenelle
-
5a  
25La poudre de perlinpinpin (13)6c ** 
26Calins Nounours
-
4a  
27Pin et chocolat (14)6b ** 
28Sur un petit nuage (15)
-
5a **1
 PASSET DU BAS - MUR DU LOUP (SE) numbers refer to topo 
30A'louest rien de nouveau (1')6a *1
31Le nouveau monde (1)6c 1
32Rocky mountain (2)6c **1
33Un air de Tenessee (3)7a **1
34Mystère U (4)7b *1
35Les loups sont entrés dans Paris (5)6c+ ***1
36Lou garou (6)6c ***1
37Camaïeu (7)7a+ **1
38Couleur pastel
-
6c  
39Sous la loupe
-
6a 1
40Rémus & Romulus
-
7a+  
41Le petit chaperon rouge (8)6c+ **1
42P'tit loup (9)6b *1
 Main Face (S) 
44La Sylvie Phobie6c **30
45La Barbourine6c ***15
46Mirrors on the Ceiling7a ***3
47Vipère au Pied6b ***37
48Méduse7a ***10
49Voie Piola6b ***6
50Bon Voyage7a ***10
51Balade au Bout des Combes6c **6
52La Tour de Chauffe6c **2
 DALLES DU BAS (S) (L-R, - NO NAMES OR NUMBERS IN TOPO) 
541 Dalles2  
552 Dalles5c ***11
563 Dalles6a+ ***14
574 Dalles
-
5c **9
585 Dalles
-
6a *10
596 Dalles
-
5c 7
607 Dalles
-
6a 7
618 Dalles6a 5
629 Dalles
-
5c 5
6310 Dalles
-
6a 5
6411 Upper ledge6a *2
6512 Upper ledge6c **1
6613 Upper ledge6b *3
6714 Upper ledge6a+ **5
6815 Far R slab6a 3
6916 Far R slab5c 2
7017 Far R slab5a 2
 LA ZONE (S) 
72Rando6b *9
73Balade...(1)6b+ **7
74Balade...(2)6c **10
75Le Voleur6b ***19
76Ma Bête Noire7b+ **1
77Saloprises7c+ **1
78Lune de Miel7a ***7
79Moonshine6b+ ***13
80Ca roule, la Boule6c+ ***5
81La Zone6b+ ***18
82Talisman7a+ ***3
83Touchstone7a+ ***1
84Les doigts de passage7b ***1
85Play it Again, Sam7a+ ***3
86Sam's Route7a ***15
87Génésis6b+ **9
88Génératrice7b ***3
89Génocide6b+ **4
90Voie de la Souche7a+ **1
91Menhir7c ** 
92Projet (Sam's)Project 2
93Voie Martin6c **8
94Apéritif6c **9
95L'Inversée6c ***5
96Fin de Saison6c ***8
97Mise en bouche6b **20
98Bullet the Blue Sky7a **6
99Des jours comme ça...6c+ **3
100Les doigts dans le nez6c+ **1
101California Dreamin'6c+ **2
 DOWNSTAIRS (S) 
103Hors Saison7a+ **1
104Hors question (marked projet)7b ** 
105Hors Piste6c **1
106Head-Banger6c **1
107Marc's Route (marked projet)7b ** 
108Xavier's Route8a+ ** 
109B 526c+ **1
110La Tour de Chauffe (Downstairs)6c **1
 PYLONE upper (S) 
112Arielle6c 1
 PYLONE lower (SE) 
114Fine Line
-
6c ***6
115Les golots du douanier
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7a **1
116Banane directe
-
6b *5
117Banane
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6a **6
118Les Sudistes
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6b+ *3
119On va ramollir
-
6b+ *3
120La belle Zig
-
5c ***4
121Ca va pas plus vite...
-
6a+ ***5
122Honey Badger
-
6c ***5
123Le vent des câbles
-
6c ***4
124The ego has landed
-
7a+ *1
125Le contrebandier
-
6b+ **2
 SECTEUR CHATELARD (SE) 
127Custom m'aide7a+ ***4
128Si le lichen ne revenait pas6c+ ***2
129Autoroute Blanche6c ***23
130Cacao Girls6a+ 32
 AFRIQUE (S) 
132Belles et Buts7a+ **1
133Dynomight7b ***2
134Quel Festin7a ***6
135Luce-Ifer6a **15
136L'Epicondylite7a+ **1
137Traitement de choc7b+ **4
138Psychothérapie - marked projet.8a  
139Physiothérapie6c+ ***7
140Colimaçon7a+ **3
141Prestige7b **3
142Marée Noire6c+ ***5
143L'Epée de Damocles6c ***19
144Guillotine7a ***11
145Djibouti6c+ *6
146Découverte classique6a *13
147Black Mamba7b **2
148Découverte Directe6c ***8
149The Go-between7a *1
150Charmant Dévers6c ***3
151L'Escalator6c **2
152N'importe quoi
-
6b **9
153L'Anormale6b **10
154Le toit, la dalle et le surplomb.6c **7
155Dalle qui m'aille7b **2
156Dure de dalle7a+ *2
 LA GORGE (SE + N) 
158Question d'égout7a+ **1
159Le Piège6c **4
160Mal à la gorge6c+  
161La Colombe et la Vie7a+ **2
162Mardis Gras7a+ **2
163Dimanche Noir7c ***2
164Samedi Soir (sur la terre)7c ***2
165Objectif Terre7c+ ***1
166Dreamer7b **6
167Rêve de Singe8a ***4
168Au Fil du Temps7c ***4
169Senanga7b **2
170Sortiledge6c **5
171Le Sorcier7c+ ** 
172L'Orage7a+ *2
173The Full Monty7a ***4
174Happy Birthday6b *3
175Mystique7c **1
176In Absentia7b ***5
177La Ligne8a+ *** 
178La Petite Ligne8a ***1
179Cauchemar8b *** 
 LA GRANDE FACE (SE) 
181Serial Hiker6b+ *2
182Le Jardinier8a ** 
183Mon Jardin Secret7a+ ***3
184Goofy7a+ ***4
185Gwendoline6c+ **1
186Petite Lune7b+ ***1
187Summer Daze7c ***1
188Fesse d'huîtres6c ***3
189Pharaon Ailé7c ** 
190Rage et désespoir7a+ ***3
191Magie Blanche7a ***2
192Pour le meilleur, pour le pire7a ***1
 SECTEUR HULOTTE (BASE OF LA GRANDE FACE) (SE) 
194Fesse d'huîtres (Hulotte)6b+ *5
195Harpie6c *2
196Ganesh6c+ **1
197Game Over6c+ *2
198Poisson d'avril6c **2
199Rage et désespoir (Hulotte)6c **3
200La Hulotte7a+ **1
201Bouge de là7b **1
202Causes Perdues6c *1
 SECTEUR SANGUINE (E +SE) 
204No Time to Waste7a **1
205Le Mépris7a **1
206Who's next?6c+ *1
207Sanguine7b ***1
208Sans nom
-
6c * 
209Voie Burnier6c **1
210Dégustation de Lichen6c+ *1
211Gay Pied6c **1
212Courage Blanc7b **1
 SECTEUR LA CROIX (E) 
214Silicose6c  
215Diagonale du fou6b 1
216Magnum Force8a * 
 MICRO CLIMAT (N) 
218Ombres et Lumières6c **2
219The Dark Side7a ***3
220Ténèbres6b+ **4
221A shoulder to cry on6c ***4
222Coolmax7b ***1
223Micro climax7a+ ***2
224Micro climat6c ***4
225Attention à la marche6c ***3
226Length isn't everything6c **3
227Micro crotte6a 1
 FAWLTY TOWERS (W) 
229Sybil7a+ **1
230Basil's brush job7a+ ***1
 BOUCHY (W + S + E) 
232Arêtica aesthetica7b+ ***1
233Pas de bras, pas de bloc7b **1
234Tour de Force7a+ ***2
235Demi-Tour6c+ **2
236Demi-Tour/Aesthetica7a ***1
237Petite fleur6b+ ***2
238Le Friend Manquant7a **1
239Check-in6c+ ***3
240Crotte Monsieur6c+ *1
241Bouchy Airlines7b+ ***1
242De la Résine et des Ailes (proj)Project  
243Pilot Error7b ** 
244Le Grand Dièdre6b+ ***2
245When the Levee Breaks6b+ ***3
246Good Vibrations7a ***4
247Arête Municipale6c ***2
248La Plage7b ***1
 Avoid the next 11 routes. The gorge is exposed to flash flooding 
250Entracte6c ***2
251Entre-temps6b+ ***2
252Entre nous6b+ **1
253La Fissure6b *1
254Le Pouce du Panda6a 2
255L'Index4a 3
256Le Petit Dièdre5c *1
257Les Temoins7a+ ***2
258Gorgeous7b+ ***1
259Waterworld6c 1
260Pointe d'Interrogation6b+ 2

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