of the size of the site, there's something for nearly every climbing style.
Nevertheless, the steep cliffs offer few easy paths. Les Buis, by far
the easiest, is rated D and requires passing class 5+.
Generally speaking, the equipment is of good quality. Nevertheless, you might want to take along a set of nuts as well as the paraphernalia of the climber who wants to be able to use all the little tricks of the trade.
Since 1988 when the reequipping began with Nosfratu, and particularly since 1990, a big effort has been made to improve the cliff's equipment. Today, in addition to the work done by the association Territoires du nord-ouest, more than 40 routes have been reequipped by a team of enthusiasts under the aegis of the F.F.M.E..
The enormous efforts of Jean-Marie LEROUX must be mentioned. This work has included reequipping and opening up access paths, as well as creating new routes. Alain REBREYEND has had another principal role in the equipping and reequipping of Presles. He is also present in the Isère sites, as coordinator of the departmental facilities plan for the "Direction Départementale de Jeunesse et Sports".
The Presles cliffs are located in the heart of the Vercors in Royans, between Grenoble and Valence. The La Bourne river has created impressive gorges between Villard-de-L'ans and Pont-en-Royans. The vertical majesty of The Presles cliffs, and the Ranc rocks which continue after them, form the exit from these gorges.
From Grenoble, it's best to get to Presles by way of the Isre valley, then by Pont en Royans. The breathtaking panorama of the cliffs appears as the road climbs.
Presles is certainly one of the rare sites to offer such a wide range of climbs. From the several meter short passes to the big, adventurous climb more than 300 m high, including itineraries with 3 to 4 pitches, from free solo to tricky aid climbing, it's all available in pleasant surroundings and a relaxing atmosphere..
Practice cliff areas
Tina slab: around 50 routes from 3 to 8a+. This practice cliff follows the Nugues rocks, and is located just above the road which leads to Presles village, immediately before the tunnels. It offers a variety of difficulty levels.
Pierrot Beach : 43 climbs from 5+ to 8a+. This area was developed for the French youth championships in 1994. It offers a group of slab routes and diverse colonnettes that have to be seen..
Rochers de Presles et du Ranc : 9 sectors offer more than 200 routes, the tallest of which measures 300 meters. These walls stretch out over several kilometers. There are areas for different climbing styles.
conveniences are available in Pont-en-Royans.
Gites (with phone number)
« Escalades à Presles » D. DUHAUT. Note that the topo is updated regularly. (once or twice a year).
activities: There is an aid route worth noting which crosses the Bournillon
porch. You should know that Bernard
GRAVIER, a very good local climber,
strung together in a single day Badaboum, Devil's Hook and le porche du
Bournillon, . When you have seen the ratings for these routes, you'll
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