Le Moucherotte from the village of Saint-Martin-le-Vinoux
|Elevation||1,901 m (6,237 ft) |
|Location||Isère, Rhône-Alpes, France|
|Parent range||Vercors Plateau|
Le Moucherotte (1901 metres) is the easternmost peak of the Vercors Massif, and also the northern culmination of the long ridge that runs along the eastern edge of the Vercors high plateau, and overlooks the city of Grenoble. The mountain is divided between the communes of Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte, Lans-en-Vercors, Seyssins and Claix.
Similar to the rest of the Vercors range, the Moucherotte is largely composed of limestone. At the foot of Moucherotte, (bottom right in photo) there are three rocks, known as the Three Maidens, which were used in the resistance during the second world war by the maquis of Saint-Nizier-of-Moucherotte.
The southern slopes and ridges of the Moucherotte extend to the Col de l'Arc, with three consecutive secondary peaks, called "la Croix des Ramées" (the Cross of Ramées), "du Grand Cheval" (the Great Horse, 1827 metres) and "du Pic Saint-Michel" (the peak of Saint Michael, 1966 metres).
There was once a cable car, built by the company Applevage, which connected the village of Saint-Nizier Moucherotte to the summit, where there was also a hotel, l'Ermitage (the Hermitage). Following first financial difficulties and then vandalism, the hotel closed permanently in the mid-1970s. The uniqueness and outstanding natural beauty of the location attracted the stars of the era, and it served as the setting for the filming of some scenes from the movie "La Bride sur le cou" (The Bride of the neck), with Brigitte Bardot; the lead actress stayed at the hotel longer than expected, as access was cut off due to a snowstorm. The stately hotel, abandoned and left in ruins, was finally demolished at the start of the twenty-first century to return the site to its original beauty. At the same time, the derelict gondola station was also demolished. Today, there is almost no trace of its glorious past.
During the 1968 Winter Olympics, the ski jumping competition was held on a 90-metre springboard, which is still in place on the northern foothills of the Moucherotte. However, it has seen no use since the late 1980s.
There are several conventional methods of ascent:
- From the village of Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte, either by the Grande Randonnee, or up past the old ski slope.
- From the bottom of the commune of Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte, possible routes are either through the vallon des Forges, or by the east face (the most direct and steepest ascent).
- From the Lans-en-Vercors winter-sports stadium, the easiest route utilises a wide track and has a relatively gentle gradient.
- "IGN Maps", Map of France, Institut Géographique National, retrieved April 29, 2012
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- 1968 Winter Olympics official report. pp. 95-8. (in English) & (in French)
- Le Moucherotte, pistehors.com, retrieved 29 April 2012