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A Walking Guide to the Massif de la Chartreuse

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Illustration of the IGN 3333OT map

Massif de la Chartreuse Nord gps 1:25,000 IGN map 3333 OT

This 1:25,000 map published by the Institut Géographique National covers the northern half of Chartreuse. This and the southern map are the only maps you'll need.

It covers an area from Chambéry in the north to St. Philbert (north of the col between St. Pierre d'Entremont and St. Pierre de Chartrese) in the south, and from the Isère in the east to les Echelles in the west. The mountain areas it covers includes the northern end of l'Aulp du Seuil, the northern half of the Grand Som, and all of Mont Granier, l'Alpe, and Mont Outheran.

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Illustration of the weather-proofed IGN 3333OT map

Massif de la Chartreuse Nord gps 1:25,000 IGN map 3333 OT (all weather version)

This is the same as above, but is an all-weather version at a somewhat higher cost. They do last for ever, though.

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Illustration of the IGN 3334OT map

Massif de la Chartreuse Sud gps 1:25,000 IGN map 3334 OT

This 1:25,000 map published by the Institut Géographique National covers the southern half of Chartreuse. This and the northern map are the only maps you'll need.

It covers an area from St. Philbert (north of the col between St. Pierre d'Entremont and St. Pierre de Chartrese) in the north to Grenoble in the south, and from the Isère in the east to Voreppe in the west. The mountain areas it covers includes most of l'Aulp du Seuil, the southern half of the Grand Som, and all of Dent de Crolles, Chamechaude, Charmant Som, and the Grande Sure.

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Illustration of the weather-proofed IGN 3334OT map

Massif de la Chartreuse Sud gps 1:25,000 IGN map 3334 OT (all weather version)

This is the same as above, but is an all-weather version at a somewhat higher cost. They do last for ever, though.

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Illustration of a Silva Expedition Compass

Silva Expedition Compass

Without a compass, a map is useless. This is the best budget-priced general purpose compass for the hills, with a number of scales including 1:25000, a magnifying glass, and a good-sized base plate.

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Illustration of the Edelrid confidence rope

20 m Confidence Rope

If one of the party is a little unhappy with scrambling, a short length of rope will be useful for providing that extra bit of confidence. This 20 m length of 8 mm diameter lightweight rope is ideal for the job.

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Illustration of Petzl Pixa 3 Headtorch

Head Torch

A decent head torch is useful for exploring the odd cave, and for getting down after dark if you have under-estimated a walk. Petzl has a fine range of suitable torches, and the one illustrated is as good as any.

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Illustration of the cover of Randonnées en Chartreuse by Pascal Sombardier

Randonnées en Chartreuse by Pascal Sombardier

This is a splendid little paperback which covers some twenty of the best, but not too extreme, walks in Chartreuse. Each walk is beautifully illustrated with a clear sketch map and some excellent photos. It is strongly recommended, and if you are going to buy but one local guidebook it should be this one. Bear in mind, however that it covers the same ground as the walks on this website, although avoiding the more exciting bits.

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Illustration of the cover of Chartreuse Secrète et Randonnées Sportives by Jo Perez

Chartreuse Secrète et Randonnées Sportives by Jo Perez

This is a glossy softback, rather expensively priced, describing forty circular walks in Chartreuse. I have strong reservations about some of the routes that the author selects, but they are complemented by a variety of interesting little essays on various aspects of the massif which makes it worth buying.

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Illustration of the cover of Chartreuse inédite : Itinéraires Insolites by Pascal Sombardier

Chartreuse inédite : Itinéraires Insolites by Pascal Sombardier

This is a beautifully written and illustrated book which describes routes in the more remote and quieter areas of the massif, some of which were developed by the author. It is a book to inspire, and is a must for the book shelf.

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Illustration of the cover of Chartreuse - Vercors : Les randonnées du Vertige by Pascal Sombardier

Chartreuse - Vercors : Les randonnées du Vertige by Pascal Sombardier

Another beautifully written and illustrated book describing some of the hairier and more exposed walks in Chartreuse and the Vecors. Some of the walks cover the same ground as walks in this guide, and may be confidently tackled by the moderately competent walker, but others are distinctly harder.

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Illustration of the cover of Alpine Flowers of Britain and Europe (Collins Field Guide) by C. Grey-Wilson

Alpine Flowers of Britain and Europe (Collins Field Guide) by C. Grey-Wilson

This is by far the best alpine flower book, and is a must for the rucksac when walking in Chartreuse. Unfortunately, it is no longer in print but good second hand copies can purchased at a reasonable price from Amazon.

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image of the New Amazon Kindle

The Amazon Kindle Electronic Book

Apart from the its orthodox use, the Kindle can also store and display PDF files, and is small enough to be carried in a rucksack or pocket. The bulk of this site is available as a Kindle-friendly MOBI file, and Antoine Salvi's excellent guide book, is available in normal PDF format and hence accessible from the Kindle.

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