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Courchaval 1650Savoie, FRANCE
Climbs 6 – Rocktype Ice – Altitude 1609m a.s.l – Faces N
This crag features a single ice fall with several possible lines including a bolted mixed route on the far left. Known locally as 'Cascade d'Alfred' the ice fall can form differently every year, the grades set here are objective, please take care.
Featuring an 85 degree hanging pillar, the main crag is aproximatly 30m high, though a 60m rope(s) will allow you to get to the access path in one long pitch, Tree Belay. It is possible to set up a top-rope for most established lines, something of which the local guides make a lot of money doing, this is done with abalakov and ice-screws equalised as the trees are too far back.
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Climbs at this crag
Take the road following signs to Courchaval 1650, then swing a left onto Rue de Belvédère (not signposted). Drive along this road (often icy!) for 1km until you reach a small car park at the start of a hairpin turn. Park here and walk back on yourself down the hill until you see a walkers sign on the right saying 'Lac de la Rosiére'. Follow this path for 120m down into the forrest until you are confronted with a warning sign on your left pinned to a tree. This is a possible 60m absail point down to the base of the crag. If not, follow the path down for another 150m until it is possible to travers akwardly left to the base passing by the hinging curtain of 'Glasturgie'.
To exit, either top-out (60m) or scramble out to the left (looking at crag) to join the walkers path.
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