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Altitude 1431m a.s.l
The Main cascade itself is only climbeable in the coldest of winters and rarely freezes completely due to the high flow rate, but the local guides farm ice on the left side wall (looking up stream) of the canyon. This is in condition most winters. There are good in situ anchors at the top of the crag, which are well maintained and used by the guides for top roping. There are also plenty of trees for setting up your own anchors. Some of the lines have bolts and make for mid grade mixed routes on lead. When well formed the iice will take good screws as well. On the right side wall of the canyon there are a number of hard natural dry tooling/mixed routes which are fully bolted.
Park at Le Buet SNCF station/La Poya ski piste car park and walk up hill, crossing the ski slopes and trending right, following signs for Buvette des Berard/Cascade de Berard (10 mins). Before reaching the buvette and cascade viewing platform you will see a fence on the right and several warning signs. You can absail directly in fom any of the in situ anchors, or walk down either left or right of the crag, where several fixed ropes are in place. To reach the main cascade, follow the stream bed up via a few pitches of 'ice canyoning'. To reach the dry tooling, cross the stream from the base of the farmed ice crags via some logs/stepping stones and make use of various fixed ropes to move around at the crag base.
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