Home page Planetmountain.com

arrowRock arrowCrags arrowAblon

Ablon

By: Enrico Serafini
Country: France, Region: Haute Savoie, Town: Thorens Glières (Haute Savoie)

Ablon is an enchanting valley situated at 1400m on the Plateau des Glières in the France's Upper Savoy which conceals a small gem surrounded by forests, lush alpine meadows, grazing cows and a picturesque alpine hut where you can eat and drink. The crag, equipped primarily by Robert Durieux is truly memorable just like the routes themselves: prepare for battles on long, delicate climbs which require excellent footwork and balance rather than brute strength and where the run-outs are, at times, "generous" to say the least.

GETTING THERE

Ablon is located circa 2 hours east of Lyon or 1 hour south of Geneva. Reach Thorens Glières and follow signs for Plateau des Gliéres (circa 14 km). At the plateau take the road right for Chemin du Collet, then break off right after circa 300m onto the dirt track towards Chalet d'Ablon/Chemin des Eaux Noires. park the car after circa 800m in the lay-by on the right. From here continue on foot along the pleasant forest road, mainly in descent, to main crag's main sectors (Black and white, Rèsistance at libertè, La ligne du temps) in circa 50 minutes. The majority of hard routes are located in the Impact sector, 5 minutes from the main sectors. All other sectors can be reached within 5 - 45 minutes.

THE CLIMBING

Ablon is a extremely rough compact grey limestone crag with pockets and runlets. The angle varies from vertical slabs to steeply overhanging bulges. There are more than 250 routes including a series of longer 2-3 pitch outings. The grades are never soft touch and vary from 4b to 8b+, although the majority of the routes are between 6a and 7c and the most popular are the easier outings between 4b and 6a. Many routes sport "generous" run-outs as has become the norm on French crags. The crag faces ESE and receives the sun from 9.00 to 15.00 but, given the altitude (1400m) climbing is pleasant in the sun. Climbing is not possible in the rain except for a few overhanging sectors, but the crag dries quickly. The crag is suitable for families, with nearby meadows to play in.

FOOD AND ACCOMODATION

Camping is prohibited in the Ablon valley. Check availability in the Gite d’Ablon or, alternatively, camp at Thorens Glières (tel. +33 04.50.22.41.98) or in the nice but spartan camping “Nantizel” (tel. +33 04.50.22.43.44).

NOTES

The crag is located in a marvellous untouched corner of the Alps. Please respect the environment.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

“La falaise d’Ablon”, by Robert Durieux

Share this page

Comments for "Ablon"

No comments for Ablon

Details / crag
SECTORS AND ROUTES
BEAUTY

stella stella stella stella stella

BEST TIME OF YEAR

Summer. The crag is situated at 1400m

HEIGHT

80m

ROPE

80m

GRADES

4b - 8b+

ROCK

Limestone

ORIENTATION

ESE

LINK

grimporama.com

NUMBER OF ROUTES

250

VOTE / crag
VOTE:
stella stella stella stella stella
Add your vote
COMMENT / crag

PERSONAL AREA

Add your email and password:

Username:

Password:


SEARCH crags

AREA

Crag

More crags near Haute Savoie
EXPO / Products
Planetmountain.com logo
Planetmountain.com is updated daily: news, rock climbing, walks, trekking, alpinism, freeride skiing, ski mountaineering, snowboarding and ice climbing on the mountains worldwide. Furthermore, climbing techniques explained, gear & book reviews, expert advice, mountain photography, interviews and competition reports.
FORUM
Recent Comments
  • La beffa
    Portare Camalot dal 0.3 fino al #1, anche qualche stopper. L ...
    2014-07-18 / Luciano Calvelo
  • Spigolo Ovest - Wiessner - Kees
    Percorsa nel 1978, ma la ricordo perfettamente. Via all'alte ...
    2014-07-13 / renzo%20 Bragantini
  • Spigolo Nord Ovest
    Ripetuta qualche anno fa. Salita magnifica in ambiente stupe ...
    2014-07-12 / renzo%20 Bragantini
  • Spitagoras
    Bella via su roccia da buona ad ottima. Chiodatura da via al ...
    2014-07-07 / Niccol%C3%B2 Antonello