Altitude 393m a.s.l
The Dentelles in December - T shirt weather! © Enty
A long line of limestone crags orientated east to west giving mainly south facing routes, though there are a handful of routes on the shady side that are cool in the summer months.
Mainly single or multi-pitch sport routes but there are also a few multi-pitched routes which are 'terrain d'aventure' (trad with the odd bolt or peg).
The latest local guide book was released in Spring 2010 detailing newly developed areas on the South side of La Chaine de Gigondas and the North side of La Chaine de Clapis - also extensive development of mainly harder routes around the Cascade area.
For consistency the local guidebook is used for the route grades. Those used to normal French grades will undoubtedly find the gradings here harsh. Aficionados of a certain Greek island will likely have a coronary...
From Lafare drive a short way south-west in the direction of Beaumes de Venise and take either the first or second very narrow tarmacked road on the right. The roads join and after about another km lead to the main parking area in the trees at the top of the vineyards under the south face of Clapis, just after a Domaine. There's a big sign in the upper car park giving details about the (summer) resident Egyptian Vultures. The well defined path starts next to this and leads to the crag in about 20 minutes. It's also possible to approach the sectors at the extreme left or right of the crag from the Col d'Alsau or the parking at the bottom of the Cascade secteur of St Christophe respectively.
|In summer access to the Dentelles can be closed if there is deemed to be a high fire risk. There are no notices posted and there are on the spot fines of several hundred euros. You must check with tourist offices or police stations that access is open.|
RichardMc - 16/Sep/12
|The "road" from Lafare was at end of April 2010 very deeply rutted and baked hard. OK if you're careful and your vehicle has good ground clearance. If you can it may be better to approach from the west via the village of Gigondas.
The Rocher du Grand Travers is very accessible and popular, and may have school parties. Some routes may be getting a little polished. Pleasant sunny venue. For a shady venue the sector Aiguilette Lagarde is to be recommended. The walk up (follow the main path up from the col car park) is pleasantly shaded and only takes 10 - 15 min.|
Rog Wilko - 19/May/10