Via Ferrata Prise de la Bastille, Grenoble, Isère

 

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Features

A stone's throw away from the city center.

In two parts. The second part is reserved for well trained via ferrata-ists. Oh boy! It's tough...

With 1 rope bridge and 1 footbridge

 

ViaFerrata Tips and Tricks

For additional information contact the Bureau Information Montagne (Mountain Information Desk) located on the 1st floor of the Grenoble Tourism Office, they can also give you information for other mountain activities: hiking, MTB, climbing, white-water, mountaineering. 

 

Grade

 Strength  Part 1
 Part 2
2
4
 Dizziness  Part 1
 Part 2
 2
 3
 Type   Part 1
  Part 2
Plaine: 1
 Technics   Part 1
  Part 2
2
 Evaluation   Part 1
  Part 2
 Difficult
 Extreme

 

Information

Grenoble Tourism Office

 

Length and Altitude

First part

Elevation gain : 120 m
Length : 250 m
Altitude at the start : 220 m

Second part

Elevation gain : 110 m
Length: 300 m 
Altitude at the End : 450 m

 

Time of Year

All year long except when the soft snow adorns the mountains in white

 

Horaire

Access : to have plenty of leeway:  a full minute
Via Ferrata 1 : 45 minutes
Via Ferrata 2 : 45 minutes
Way back : 30 minutes

 

By Car

When arriving in Grenoble from highway A48 take the "Bastille" exit which is located at the "Porte de France" and the Esplanade parking lot will be on your left.

Leave your car in the Esplanade parking lot which is located at the entrance to Grenoble. Lock your doors and don't leave anything on the seats.

By Train or Bus

For once you don't have an excuse to not take the train: Stop: Grenoble Train Station. Check with the SNCF: schedules and fares.

  

 

Access

From the Train Station

Directly across from the station exit go towards the Casimir Périer street and keep going to the Place Hubert Dubedout. From here, cross the Isère river on the Pont de la Porte de France and you will arrive at the Porte de France (a kind of mini Arc de Triomphe).

The starting point is at number 22 Route de Lyon, 100m from the Porte de France behind the Esplanade parking lot. In front of you you will be able to admire the old Vicat quarry. The gate is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., the latest recommended start time is 4 p.m.

 

Via Ferrata

The Prise de la Bastille via ferrata is made up of two parts.

The first part,
With a grade rating of difficult - you start off by climbing up a pillar and then traversing the entire Vicat Cirque,  which includes a rope bridge and two footbridges. A beautiful view on the city of Grenoble.

Part 2
To get to the second part take a trail through the Guy Pape Park which will lead you to the foot of the second section in 15 minutes (there are signs along the trail).

The second part is essentially an ascending traverse of an overhang, it's really strenuous and there is no where to rest. Two escape routes were put in place to allow those who are worn out to still make it to the summit. It's tough stuff, and it is for you, friend with experience and strength.

Once the second part is finished you go over another small projection which is followed by 150m of steps that lead you to the ancient fortifications of the Bastille.

Here, take a picture and post it on social media for all your friends to see, and don't forget to add: "I did it!"!

 

Way Back

To go back down there are two options: Either go up 15 minutes to the top of the Bastille Fort and then use the lifts to get back to the city center, or take the Jardins des Dauphins path which will lead you to Porte de France in 20 minutes.
 

Where to Spend the Night

It's a big city, you'll be able to find something nice.

 

Media

vidéo par FH Sport, Youtube

 

Difficulty & Level

Strength
1. For beginners & initiation
2. Need some practice of via ferrata
3. Require phisical strength (at least 1 difficulty)
4. Very phisical, strength, in very good shape

Dizziness
1. Light - ok
2. Middle
3. Some parts are solid
4. Tough

Type
Plaine - Mountain - High Mountain
1. Fully Equiped
2. Need to use rocks
3. Light equipment

Technics
1. Easy
2. With bridge, ladder, etc..
3. Extra skills such as zip line

Emergency

Europe

France

Phone: Mountain rescue: 112

Radio:
Canal K  158.625
Canal E ( Emergency ) 161.300

 

Switzerland

Phones:
Mountain Rescue: 144
REGA Helicopere: 1414
Police: 117

Radio:
Canal K  158.625
Canal E ( Emergency ) 161.300

 

Europe
Phone: 112

Radio:
Canal K  158.625
Canal E ( Emergency ) 161.300