Canyoning in the Vercors
Fri 25th to Sun 27th June 2004
|Prole No. 1||James
|Prole No. 2||Andy
|Prole No. 3||Tom
I'd got myself hooked on canyoning on the club's previous
trip to France in May 2003.
The thrill of leaping into bottomless pools, abseiling through waterfalls
and being swept down natural waterslides had stayed with me for over a year.
The Vercors is a spectacular limestone plateau just south of Grenoble. It
harbours such famous caves as the Gouffre Berger and the Grotte du Gournier, and
is also popular with cyclists, walkers, and, of course, canyoners. We arrived
in Autrans by car via Geneva late on the Friday night, rapidly set up the
tents, had a quick swig of vino and fell asleep.
The following morning we awoke in the splendid French countryside. As with all
foreign IC3 trips, cuisine is of equal importance to the activiy, and in
this spirit, we headed into town for a breakfast of coffee and croissants. I had been
deliberatley vague over which canyons we were doing (mostly to discourage the reading
of this sort
of thing) so the others pored over the Vercors guidebook. Les Ecouges, with a
vertical first section (for canyonuers experimentés) and a more gently bottom
section (canyon d'initiation).