Rue des Masques (France)

Location: South east France (South of Briançon, close to the village of Guillestre). http://goo.gl/maps/YnT1E

Family rating: great (good climbing but no routes for little kids). A special cool canyon with conglomerate walls.

Access: From the parking area walk down into the canyon (10 to 15 minutes). There is a spring with drinking water at the parking.

Topo guide: Grimper dans le Haut-val Durance (available in Briançon, L’Argentière-la-bessée and Guillestre.…).

Best season: Spring-Summer-Autumn.

Routes: Great routes. Lots of pockets. Good for on-sighting. Ranging from 6 to 8c. Single pitch routes.

Routes for little kids/teaching crag: no.

Accomodation:

Campsites in the valley. Hotels in Guillestre.

On rest days:

  • Climbing for the kids on falaise de l’Horloge in L’Argentière-la-Besséé (right in the village).
  • Good swimming in the lake of Roche de Rame (great after a good day climbing): you’ll pass the lake driving up to Briançon.
  • Via ferrata: Gorges de la Durance and falaise de l’Horloge.
  • Canyoning: vallée du Fournel.