Orpierre rates as one of the best low-grade crags in France. Nestled in a valley in the beautiful Haute Alpes, its compact grey limestone boasts over 250 perfectly bolted routes between 3a- 8c, with the vast majority in the 4a-6c range. On the face opposite there are a series of pleasant multi-pitch outings and the crag, just a short walk from the sleepy village center, is a must for many.
Orpierre is situated about 130 km south of Grenoble and 170 km north of Marseilles. Take the N75 Sisteron - Grenoble highway and exit at Eyguians. Continue along the D30 for 8km to Orpierre.
Orpierre is composed of 8 different sectors, the majority of which face south, south west or south east. All are well-bolted and easily accessable. See map for further details.Total number of routes up to4c+: 655c+: 926c+: 1077b+: 267c+: 108a and above: 6
FOOD AND ACCOMODATION
There are various small supermarkets and a bakery in Orpierre. Accommodation is absolutely no problem. Choose from the following:
Princes d'Orange: +33-126.96.36.199.53, fax -188.8.131.52.08
Camping Les Catoyes +33-04.92.46.64.90
Les Drailles: +33-184.108.40.206.20, fax -220.127.116.11.76
Hotel le Céans: +33-18.104.22.168.22, fax -22.214.171.124.29
For a more complete list contact the Orpierre Tourist Office: +33-126.96.36.199.45
"Orpierre et Val de Meouge" published in French, English and German.
Available in Vertige Sport in Orpierre: +33-188.8.131.52.50
France : Haute Provence by Adrian Berry, Rockfax