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DFrom "Apero Area N ° 1", we go down a C25 (Photo 55) to arrive at "Apero Area N ° 2" (Photo 56).
Note: We advise you not to pull back the rope immediately after arriving at "Apero Area N ° 2". Indeed, in the eventuality where one of the teammates would choose to give up, it will be safer for him going back up by being tied to this rope (See the chapter "Escape").
When first arrived there, we had the unpleasant surprise to note that an ugly scree overhung the departure of the cliff. It was obviously not possible to descend below this scree and we had no choice but to cover the ground with a wire mesh to secure it. Initially, we thought we had to secure a small corridor enough to access the cliff. unfortunately, we quickly realized that we had to secure the entire sector and, in the end, we ended up covering ... not less than 50M² (57 to 67 photos) before we could descend it ... to the ninth outing only. Since "The Apero Area N ° 2" it will be necessary to descend a C6 on our beautiful wire mesh to find an anchorage in Left Bank, immediately at the start of the cliff, which will allow to go down another C6 leading to the anchorage of the C95 of the departure of "Les Angles".
Note: Initially, we have installed this anchorage at the top of the cliff because of friction. Now that the wall is covered by the wire mesh, the friction becomes very negligible and one can directly descend the 12m which separate "Apero Area No. 2" from the anchorage of the C95.
To descend "L'Etrier du Diable" do not descend the C95 but progress along the wall in RIght Bank to go, at the end, seek the anchorage of the C158 (Photo 130). For this purpose, we have laid a mini Via Ferrata of 5.18m long. In order to be able to help the passage of each anchorage, we have installed stirrups of horse as pedals, which had the effect of transforming our "Via Ferrata" into "Via Etriata" (71 to 73 photos). We can say that the installation of the Via Etriata was somewhat ... aerial (74 to 80 photos). After a good apero (81 to 83 photos) we put on warm clothes (84 to 93 photos) and we left "L'Apero Area N ° 2" (Photos 94 et 95). The progression on Via Etriata (96 to 109 photos) is easy enough if you forget you see the road and the Cians between your feet 300m lower. There is a mini cornice to put the tip of the feet and tall people will have little to use the stirrups. But, for the garden gnomes ...
Once at the end of the Via Etriata, 3 choices are available to you:
1-To go back up
2-To descend directly from the anchorage chain. It's less fun because you will touch the wall in the last 40m. Warning ! In this option, you must imperatively put a rope protector at the break of the wall. THIS IS ESSENTIAL ! This is the option we have chosen for the first downhill and, in the "MOV Presentation", we can perfectly see our large yellow rope protector.
3-To put the rope in the 2 fixed deviations (Photos 110 et 113). This is the option that must be chosen because you will be able to take advantage of the spider's thread all the way down to the bottom ... and the bottom is far away (114 to 126 photos). The passage of the second deviation is a little technical and energy demanding (You can see in the "MOV Presentation" that I had to try 3 times but,down the road, it goes okay). We have installed a fixed rope guard at the break of the wall (a car mat) (113 and 121 photos). Be sure to position correctly your rope when passing the break of the wall. And ... have a good trip!
Do not forget the gloves and the ideal remains to wet the rope at the fountain of the upstream parking at Saint Sauveur Chapel.
Once down (Photos 127 et 128), we start in Right Bank and we follow the blue marks during 4-5mn while going down slightly (131 to 140 photos). We then get to a small scree of about 2m wide (Photo 141) that we will descend on a dozen meters. There, the scree comes out of the vegetation and we will leave it in Right Bank still following the blue marks (Photo 142). We climb up a small hill (Photo 143) on which there is an anchorage on a tree (144 to 147 photos), departure point of the C28 (Photos 148 et 149). Then follows a C39 (150 to 152 photos) down to an anchorage in Left Bank (Photo 153). From there, we will go down only 5m (friction requires) to find the anchorage of the C35 (154 to 157 photos). Finally, a C32 (158 to 160 photos) take us to the road that will be followed on the left on 50m to find the downstream parking (161 and 162 photos).