LE CIRQUE DES GENS


This giant of a crag is well worth a look just to take in the vastness of the place. Shaped by the river into a perfect semi-circle, the Cirque des Gens offers plenty of sun and plenty of shade often at the same time. There is so much climbing here, that there simply has to be something for everyone. The crag faces every direction except north. The shade tracks along the crag from left to right through the day. If you are seeking shade, walk all the way to the far end of the crag where you get the shade around mid-morning (depending on the time of year). If you're looking for sun, make your way to the west-most part of the crag that you intend to climb on, and work your way back - this way you should get sun all day.

Routes

315 winter routes (4a...8a+)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
or shade
Approach walk Other
Enola Gay
The furthest section of the crag is probably the most impressive of all, and well-worth the walk....
38
Sport
Lots of sun!
Level

20 mins

Les Ammonites
A sector above a raised lower wall. Reach the starts by scrambling up below the route Mi joue.
61
Sport
Morning sun
Level

18 mins

Compét
A number of good quality technical and crimpy wall climbs can be found at this sector.
31
Sport
Sun to mid-afternoon
Level

16 mins

La Grotte
A good mixture of sustained 'old school' wall-climbs with a fine cluster of more modern, steep...
53
Sport
Lots of sun!
Level

14 mins

Consolation
The majority of the routes at this sector are hard wall climbs on small crimps.
37
Sport
Sun from mid-morning
Level

14 mins

Crack Boum Hue
Slightly further on from Trapèze Volant, the cliffs begin to increase in size a number of excellent...
42
Sport
Afternoon sun
Level

12 mins

Trapèze Volant
The first area you reach on the approach is just a bit polished, and as the routes are relatively...
53
Sport
Afternoon sun
Level

10 mins

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