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Le Grand Salève: Corraterie, la Grotte d'Orjobet i trou de la Tine

Saturday 21 st June 2014 - 13:54

Dificultat: fàcil
Temps: 3h 30m
Desnivell Positiu: 750m
The route begins at the superior cable-car station of the Salève. You can get there by car without any difficulties. The first part of the excursion goes very closely by the road, it is full of people that come to have a barbacue at one of the terraces of  the Salève, or at the observatory.

We start walking by a path that comes from the posterior part of the cable-car. We cross the road twice by a path in the middle of a forest. After some time, we arrive at a paragliding base, with good views of Geneva and the lake. Further up, we arrive at the observatory, which isn't more than a restaurant and a base for radio-connections, with many people that have arrived by car to take a picnic. At this point we have great views of the Montblanc on one side and the Leman lake on the other.

Now we begin to see that we are leaving people behind, and that we are becoming closer to a strong cliff at our right. The path enters the forest in descent until it arrives at the Corraterie. It is quite an easy path, with very aerial views. You must be careful with your head, the corridor between rocks is not made for tall people. The views of the villages beneath are excellent.

Towards the end of the Corraterie, we find an immense hole through the rock. It seems like a cave. To get to it, we must enter the forest and descend a little more. From the forest, we see that we have to climb through a little path of stones until we get under the arc of the cave. Once inside, we see that the cave has no ceiling, we are at the 'Trou de la Tine'.

Following the path for the descent, we arrive at the 'Grotte d'Orjobet'. It is a cave that has an exit from the top and bottom, where they have put some stairs. It forms part of the path to go from 'Le Coin' until the Corraterie. From here we turn around and get back to our car.

The guides recommend to tie your children up for safety, but that is a little exaggerated. If you follow the normal rules of precaution of mountaineering, and you are not afraid of heights, this is a very simple excursion and reccommended for everyone. 
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