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Shared By: Hyland Markle on Nov 9, 2018
Admins: Euan Cameron, Luc-514

Description

La Demande sector is one of the tallest walls in the greater Escalès sector, with routes over 1,000 feet in height. It is home to many classics, including La Demande, one of the first routes ever done in the Verdon, and La Ula, one of the best cracks in the region. Both of these routes are quite committing, with more than 10 pitches in "terrain d'aventure," but are absolutely incredible. There are many other classic routes here, some bolted, some not, but all quite extreme(ly awesome).

Getting There

You should rap in and climb out to access these routes (this is one of the best aspects of climbing in the Verdon). From the parking for the Belvédère de la Carelle (the third belvédère, or viewing point), walk down the road toward La Palud and take the well-travelled gravel trail on the right, after the belvédère (left side coming uphill). Follow this trail for approximately 100m until you reach an obvious rappel anchor with "Dalles Grises" painted on the rock. On climbers left of this anchor and slightly below, there is another set of rappel anchors with a fixed line down to them - this is it!

The first rappel is approximately 45m to a chain anchor directly below. The second rappel is about 15m to a small ledge (the chains are visible from previous anchor). The third rappel is directly below, either to a set of chains slightly climbers left in an alcove, or to a set of chains above a small pilar feature (30-45m). The last rappel takes you down to the Jardin des Ecureils, the large ledge below. I believe you can do this rappel in two rappels with double 60s. Definitely do 4 with double 50s.

From here, hike down the trail on climber's right that switchbacks for about 40m until you can just see the edge of the cliff below. From here, you follow a manky fixed line down and skier's left to a big, beautiful new rappel anchor on a small, flat face. 3 more rappels to go.

The first rappel is about 35m directly down. The second rappel is 30-40m and markedly to climber's right. Be careful here, because if you swing out to climber's left and/or go too far down, you will find yourself out in the air, away from the wall. The last rappel is free-hanging and drops you down to a large, comfortable ledge to climber's right of a large cave. On the cave-side there is a fixed line down. Walk toward the far-side of the cave and descend the scree-slope for about 100m until you reach the trail parallel to the river. Follow it upstream (skier's left). Sector is on the left after 150m.

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Classic Climbing Routes at La Demande

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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
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La Demande
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La Demande
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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 12 pitches
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