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Presles climbing petition against access problems

04.02.2008 by Planetmountain

The VTNO is urging all climbers to sign an online petition to resolve access problems in Presles, France.

Problems with local landowners at Presles may result in access to one of France's premier limestone cliffs being severly restricted. Climbers, cavers and walkers worldwide are being asked to take action and sign an online petition, organised by the VTNO local climbing association, which will be passed on to the local Vercors government in the hope of resolving the conflict.

While preliminary January talks with the French Mountaineering and Climbing Association (FFME) seem encouraging, the VTNO is urging all to sign their petition which went online at the start of December 2007. At present over 6000 people have answered their call.

- Click here for to preserve free access.

Sports climbing at Presles
Looking for a crag with plenty of multi-pitch bolt routes on excellent limestone? Thinking of a valid alternative to Verdon's exposure or Wenden's seriousness? Then seriously consider Presles, situated near Grenoble, in the heart of the Vercors. Because on offer here are fully equipped multi-pitch bolt routes of all grades, easily accessible and, what's more, almost all star worthy!

The Vercors is a vast fertile plateau with deep, carving gorges overlooked by enormous, towering rock faces. Presles, situated in the western side of the park, is one of these cliffs. Over 250m high, it boasts more than 200 multi-pitch routes and, as if that weren't enough, three areas for single pitch sports climbing!
Presles can be summed up as an excellent example of a new generation cliff, one which successfully combines the atmosphere of a semi-mountain environment with the safety of a sports crag. No wonder it's so popular amongst the French!

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