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Orpierre

By: Nicholas Hobley
Country: France, Region: Haute Alpes, Town: Orpierre (Haute Alpes)

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.

GETTING THERE

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.

THE CLIMBING

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 to 4c+: 65 5c+: 92 6c+: 107 7b+: 26 7c+: 10 8a 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:
Camping
Princes d'Orange: +33-4.92.66.22.53, fax -4.92.66.31.08
Camping Les Catoyes +33-04.92.46.64.90
Gîte d'etape
Les Drailles: +33-4.92.66.31.20, fax -4.92.66.32.76
Saint-Avons: +33-4.92.66.23.68
Hotel
Hotel le Céans: +33-4.92.66.24.22, fax -4.92.66.28.29
Restaurants
Croq'Roc: +33-4.92.66.25.40
For a more complete list contact the Orpierre Tourist Office: +33-4.92.66.30.45

BIBLIOGRAPHY

"Orpierre et Val de Meouge" published in French, English and German.
Available in Vertige Sport in Orpierre: +33-4.92.66.28.50

France : Haute Provence by Adrian Berry, Rockfax

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Details / crag
SECTORS AND ROUTES
BEAUTY

stella stella stella stella stella

BEST TIME OF YEAR

Spring and Autumn. It can get too hot to climb in summer.

HEIGHT

30- 200m

ROPE

70m

GRADES

3a - 8c

ROCK

Compact grey limstone

ORIENTATION

S, SW, SE

NUMBER OF ROUTES

306

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