Speleology in the Vercors Massif

1 or 2 Days / 5 Pers. / From 150€

Why the Vercors?

Because Barnabé was born there and knows the massif by heart. He will make you discover real underground treasures with splendid approach walk, by foot or with donkeys. Barnabé offers two programs: “La Faille du Parquet”, an introduction to speleology for famillies that will take you to the heart of a huge ice tunnel; and “Pot 2”, a vertical dive in limestone country, for thrill seekers.

About Barnabé Fourgous

Barnabe Fourgous is a guide of caving and canyoning, and a rescuer. He belongs to the scientific crew of the French Federation of Speleology (topography, biospeleology, karstology). From his native Vercors to Papua, from Mexico to New Zealand, from the Eastern to Chile, he is a regular of international shipments. In 2009, he explores the underground Everest, reaching the bottom of Voronya Krubera in Abkhazi, the deepest cave of the world (-2180 m). However, despite this achievement, Barnabas remains modest. What he loves above all, is the strength of the ties that gather men and women in the underworld, where nature is more powerful than anything.

All you have to know

Program 1: “The Parquet Fault”

We will meet at the foot of Mont Aiguille that we will go around to reach the plateau of the Natural Reserve of Vercors. Climing through the “foot of the Aiguille” (1h30), place of memory of the resistance in Vercors. We will continue by 2h walk to this deep fault that flows into the cliff in front of Mont Aiguille. Equipped with helmets and harnesses, we will be able to go down to explore this fracture in the limestone: breach cut in the mass, true look on the geology and the underworld within reach of the sun. Two possible routes: one fun for families, the other very vertiginous with a reminder in the big cliff of 250m. 604m of elevation.

HOURS OF WALK: 3h30
DESCENT (underground): 250m
ASCENT: 604 m
RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATION: Château de Passières in Chichilianne

Program 2: “The Pot 2”

The chasm is on one of the wildest and most remote areas of the Vercors in the heart of the Nature Reserve where few trails lead. The approach walk is worth the detour. This 300m well was during its exploration in 1968 the world’s largest vertical.

Day 1: We will begin the morning with a training to the progression on rope so as to acquire the bases assuring a part of the individual security. In the afternoon, after a quick preparation of the bags, we will leave for 3 hours of hiking and 640m of ascent to install the bivouac near the Pot 2.

HOURS OF WALK: 3h
ASCENT: 640 m
ACCOMMODATION: bivouac

Day 2: Early morning awakening to climb the peaks, see the sunrise over the Alps, an hour walk and enjoy this beautiful 360 ° panorama. We will then embark on this abyss. The descent is not direct. It is punctuated with multiple splits. This has the advantage of spreading in the well, our lights revealing the magnitude of the void. This well can be explored in 4 to 6 hours, a descent without ever leaving the rope to the bottom.

SPELEOLOGY: 4h to 6h
DESCENT: 640 m

By clicking on “Add to cart” you can specify the number of people who wish to participate then book your experience. We remind you that the program will be confirmed as soon as 5 people are registered. For a specific group, do not hesitate to ask us for a quote.

The price includes

Transfers, supervision (2 guides for the “Pot 2”), the loan of speleology and camping equipment (tents and mattresses)

The price does not include

Accommodation, picnics and meals at the bivouac. Sleeping bags. Insurance, registration fees, transportation to and from the meeting point.

Program 1: “The Parquet Fault”

Activities: Walking and Speleology

Environment: Mountain

Roaming: Day trip

Physical level: Being able to walk 6 hours in the mountains, 800m of ascending elevation. Good physical condition required. Speleology level: beginner.

Number of days of activities: 1 day

Number of participants: 5

Beginning of the experience: 8h in front of the “Au Gai Soleil” hotel of Mont-aiguille, hamlet of Richardière 38930 Chichilianne. And back to the car around 17h.

End of the experiment: Around 17h at the starting point.

Accommodation: Possibility to sleep the day before in the charming Chateau de Passières in Chichilianne.

Food: Come with your picnic.

Framing: A patented speleology guide of state. Specific caving material is provided (helmet and harness)

Means of access:

BY PLANE: from Grenoble with bus transfer to Grenoble then bus journey.

BY TRAIN: Gare Monestier-de-Clermont
Round trip: Paris / Grenoble / Monestier-de-Clermont line
Visit www.voyages-sncf.com to find out or check timetables.
Taxi to Chichilianne (19km).

BY CAR
Highway A48 for Grenoble, then A51 for Sisteron exit Monestier-de-Clermont.
Parking at the end of the village, at the foot of the ski lifts.
D1075 to Chichilianne (19km). Free parking at the start of the walk.

Program 2: “The Pot 2”

Activities: Walking and Speleology

Environment: Mountain

Roaming: day trips

Physical level: Being able to walk 6 hours in the mountains, 800m of altitude ascending elevation. Good physical condition required. Speleology level: beginner.

Number of days of activities: 2 days

Number of participants: 5

Beginning of the experience: 8h in front of the Nordic site of Haut Vercors / Porte de Corrençon 38250 Corrençon.

End of the experiment: Around 19h at the starting point or 18h in Grenoble depending on the return option.

Accommodation: Possibility of sleeping or dining at the golf hotel in Corrençon (http://www.hotel-du-golf-vercors.fr/). Then overnight in bivouac. Camping equipment can be loaned but take a tent, a down +5 comfort, a mattress and a meal with its cutlery.

Food: Evening meal, picnics and insured breakfasts; local specialties and products; kitchen on portable stove.

Coaching: For security and comfort reasons, you will be accompanied by two state-licensed speleology guides. Specific caving material is provided (helmet, suit and harness)

Means of access:

BY PLANE: From Grenoble Aeroport with bus transfer to Grenoble center ville-compexe SNCF train station and bus then by bus to Corrençon: line 5110 from Grenoble to Villard de Lans then 5130 to Corrençon (8 journeys / days).

BY TRAIN to Grenoble then transfer by bus.

BY CAR via Grenoble arriving from the North or Valence by the West to enjoy the beautiful suspended roads of the Gorges de la Bourne. Free parking at the start of the walk.

Baggage

You must pack all of your belongings in 2 bags: 1 backpack and 1 large soft travel bag.

1 – The backpack:
Hiking backpack with a capacity of 30 liters, it will be useful for the transport of your personal belongings during the day.
It will also serve as a hand luggage when traveling for all your fragile items (camera …), valuable (when your accommodation does not have a safe) and for your possible medications.
It will be in the cabin during air transport. Generally, the weight of cabin luggage is limited to 10 kg per person.

2 – The large flexible travel bag (no more than 10kg):
It must contain the rest of your business. You’ll find it every night at the shelter.

Clothing

• 1 sun hat or cap
• 1 scarf
• 1 hat and / or headband and a pair of gloves (polar)
• T-shirts (2 for 4 days of walking). Avoid cotton, very long to dry; prefer short-sleeved t-shirts (breathable material) in Capilene (Patagonia), Dryflo (Lowe Alpine), Light Effect (Odlo) etc …
• 1 sweater (remarks idem above) or long sleeve shirt
• 1 fleece fur jacket
• 1 short or Bermuda short
• 1 trekking pants
• 1 comfortable trousers for the evening
• 1 jacket Gore-tex type
• Underwear
• Walking socks (2 pairs for 4 days of walking). Avoid “tennis” socks (cotton), very long to dry and high risk of blisters; prefer those based on Coolmax for example
• 1 pair of hiking shoes holding the ankle (Vibram sole)
• 1 pair of sandals and / or casual shoes for the evening.

The list of clothes must be adapted according to the chosen season.

Equipment

Specific Speleology (provided by Barnabe):

Sling
Ropes and carabiners
Helmet

General:

• 1 pair of sunglasses of excellent quality
• 1 pair of telescopic poles (recommended): facilitates up and downs and is very useful for moving on rough or slippery terrain.
• 1 water bottle (1.5 liter minimum)
• 1 headlamp
• 1 survival blanket (optional)
• 1 pair of fleece gloves
• 1 pair of gaiters
• 1 pocket knife (to be put in the luggage going in the hold)
• 1 small pouch (preferably waterproof) to put your money
• Toiletry kit: take preferably biodegradable products
• 1 towel: there are some that dry quickly: brand Packtowl (4 sizes possible)
• Earplugs (optional)
• Toilet paper – sunscreen and lip stick
• For picnics: cutlery, bowls and plates or resealable plastic box.

Sleeping

1 sleeping bag + 5 ° C in temperature called “comfort” (not too bulky) or
1 sheet cloth (blankets provided in the accommodations).

Personal pharmacy

• Your usual medications
• Pain medication: preferably paracetamol
• Elastic adhesive tape (Elastoplast type, 6 cm wide)
• Adhesive bandage sets + disinfectant compresses
• Double skin (SOS Ampoules brand Spenco, available in sports shops, pharmacy, drugstore …)

First aid kit

A first aid kit, provided by the agency and adapted to your trip, is under the responsibility of your guide.

Passport

National identity card or passport valid for French, Belgian and Swiss nationals. For other nationalities, we are at your disposal to assist you in your efforts.

If you are traveling with your children, please note that minors, regardless of their age, must also have an individual passport or a valid identity card.

New security measures have come into effect at airports: electronic devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops …) must be loaded and in working order for all flights going to or passing through the United States and London. The screening officers must be able to turn them on. As a precaution, have your charger handy. If your device is discharged or defective, it will be confiscated. As this measure is likely to be extended to other airports, we advise you to charge your electronic devices before the flight, whatever your destination.

Visa

No visa for French, Belgian and Swiss nationals. For other nationalities, we are at your disposal to assist you in your efforts.

Advised vaccines

As always and everywhere, it is important to be protected against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (whose reappearance in adults, even in France, justifies vaccination for any trip), poliomyelitis, hepatitis A and B.

Other risks

If, as in all European countries, the traveler is not exposed to “exotic” health risks, the behavioral or environmental risks may be the same as elsewhere. The recent occurrence of sporadic cases of dengue fever, chikungunya and West Nile virus may provide protection against mosquito bites outside cities.

Privatization of the Experience

Want to go with family or friends on the dates you want?

We can privatize this experience for a group from 2 people. Ask us for a quote. A Somewhere Club Travel advisor will then contact you to discuss your project and provide you with a personalized quote.