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Belledonne Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,843'
Location: 45.24825, 6.0689 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Euan Cameron, Luc-514, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: kenr on Jun 24, 2017
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The Chaine de Belledonne mountain group tends to have a wild feel, because it's generally not well-penetrated by roads, and the summits are higher than the other "pre-Alpes" groups, with several just under 3000 meters, and many in the range of 2500-3000 meters. So it's the highest mountain group in close range of the Northern Alps cities of Grenoble and Chambery and Albertville.

Much of its rock is gneiss, which is generally hard rock, and can have interesting climbing sequences, but the labor needed for approach prevents them from being popular. And somehow the peaks do not have sufficiently dramatic shapes to get attention when surrounded by so many other dramatic peaks.

Its highest summit is the Grand Pic de Belledonne, but its normal route is not so interesting and has a long approach, so climbers tend to be more intrigued by the objective of doing a traverse of its three peaks -- a fairly committing and remote undertaking.

Another target for high traverses is the Aiguilles de l'Argentiere, which have the advantage of a shorter summer approach from the Col du Glandon road.

Another ridge traverse is the Pic du Pin, which has some interesting fun climbing at less-high altitude, and is not so committing.

Getting There 

The Belledonne chain is E + NE from the city of Grenoble and SW from the city of Albertville and SE from Chambery. There are roads to it from many points from all sides -- but most of them don't go very far in or high up towarde its big peaks (by European standards).

Climbing Season

For the Northern Alps area.

Weather station 19.5 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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Featured Route For Belledonne

Crête des cinq meilleures pointes 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13  Europe : France : ... : Pic du Pin
Magnificent ridge-crest climbing* interesting gneiss rock, rich in holds, with good friction * dramatic exposure in some crux sections * sustained travel directly on the crest of the ridge, with big views in both directions * interesting pretty approach hike.Idea is to do only the North end of the Pic du Pin ridge, focusing on the most interesting climbing and highest summits (so less than 25% of the distance of traversing the entire Crete du Pin).The hardest pitches could be avoided, which woul...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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