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Le Droit Chemin

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Area: Dauphinè pre-Alps, Group: Vercors pre-Alps, Peak: Presles, Country: France

Rightly described as "sublime" in the guidebook. A pocketed technical slab gives way to a strenuous overhanging pitch, which can also be overcome in A0. The rock and atmosphere on this 8 pitch route in the Sector Paroi Rouge are magnificent and well worth the longish walk-in.

GETTING THERE

From Grenoble there are two alternatives. Either follow signs for the Vercours park through the narrow gorges via Villard De Lans and Choranche. Before Pont en Royans turn right to the village Presles. Alternativley, drive north up the motorway, exit at St. Romans and continue for Pont en Royan and Presles.
Before reaching Presles (65km from Grenoble) leave the car at the penultimate hairpin curve (tiny parking lot). A small path leads down southwards to the left-hand sectors. Alternatively, park the car slightly higher on the side of the road or on the edge of the plateau. (the descent path leads down to here). Access to the more distant sectors (Paroi Rouge & Triangle de Choranche) is either from above via abseils (equipped descent line), or from the road which leads to the Choranche cave.

ACCESS

The best way to get to this route is to abseil in from "Tatachat". From the parking lot continue by car towards Presles and turn right, before the village, for Le Charmeil. Leave the car at the next fork, the village Penon ("escalade" marks the parking lot), walk past a house to a forest road and then continue along a path with red triangular markers (rappel Tatachat). This walk-in takes about 45mins. The abseil chain is wrapped around a tree. Beware of the penultimate abseil – it is 50m long and exposed. The final abseil follows the line of the route and the name is written at the base.

DESCENT

Easy walk back along the path

GEAR

Superbly equipped pitches and belays

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