Charmant Som - East Face slabs - Charmant Som - Chartreuse - France

Charmant Som - East Face slabs

Charmant Som - Chartreuse - France

Min / max altitude1670m / 1867m
Duration1 day
Main facingE
Route typeloop
GearMuchas cintas y anillos para puentes de roca ((uno de los intereses de la vía es buscar esos puentes), eventualemente fisureros y friends para pasar directamente los resaltes.

Ideal route for beginners, in particular as a first trad lead. Difficulties are moderate (F3-4 at the hardest) and there are numerous protection possibilities. The slabs are very wide and homogenous in difficulty. Using a detailed topo would be like using blinders.

An articles provides general information on rock climbing in the Chartreuse].


From the farm buildings of the Charmant Som (1670m), take the path that leads to the summit and a short time after reaching the ridge which leads to the summit, follow the path down to the right (orange/red marks). It leads to Le Collet and St pierre de Chartreuse and goes through the slabs. The footpath goes across the slabs]. Once at the bottom of the slabs, you can start climbing at a smal climbing school some 30m above the footpath (a few bolts can be seen). You can also climb the slabs from their very bottom, starting off from Les Révols, N of the Col de Porte (the lower section is steeper than the upper one).


Once on the slabs, just go up where you please. The climbing is harder in the middle and gets easier as you get closer to the sides, either N or S.


From the summit, follow the footpath down to the farm buildings.

The slabs have suffered alternating waves of bolting, unbolting, retro-bolting and the like. The current situation is that any bolts added to the slabs tend to be chopped off.

Creative Commons logo

The text and images in this page are available
under a Creative Commons CC-by-sa licence.