Canyoning in the Vercors
The Vercors Massif is a great playing field for outdoor sports : climbing, paragliding, mountain biking, hiking, trail running and so on. It is also a very generous canyon to practice canyoning with around forty canyons. Of course, a lot of canyons are not really interesting or are mostly composed of huge abseiling such as the Ruzand, the upstream part of the Versoud canyon or the Moulin Marquis tour.
To do canyoning in the Vercors, we have selected the most beautiful and complete. The Furon canyon, the Ecouges canyon, the Versoud or the Moules Marinières include jumps, slides and abseiling. Moreover, those ones don't required long walks and represent exactly what Vercors canyoningis.
The Vercors canyoning list
It is the lower part of the Furon canyon. This canyon is very open and not very committed. There are jumps, abseiling until 18 meters high in a waterfall and a possible passage in a siphon. An excellent basis!
2h30 activity | Level: Easy
The upper part of the Ecouges canyon offers beautiful abseiling waterfalls, suspended pools and an amazing 65 meters waterfall with a preserved environment. It is a reference ofcanyoning in the Vercors.
3h activity | Level: Difficult
The Vercors is a massif essentially made of limestone. Limestone is a sedimentary rock which means that a long time ago, what currently is our loved massif was a flat sea floor. Over time, the sediments accumulated and created a huge millefeuille. Under the pressure of the african tectonic plate that pushed the eurasian plate, the Alps were progressively created. The massive pre-Alpine Vercors started to push in this dynamic. Thus, the sedimentary rocks rose up and cracked.
Due to a second phenomenon named erosion it is possible to understand the emergence of the canyons and consequently thecanyoning in the Vercors. The glacial erosion made possible to plane the summits. The karstic erosion is responsible for scuplting the cliffs and the subsoils. Finally, torrential erosion offered beautiful canyons delighting our eyes and cayoning.
Trying the different circuits we propose makes you become aware that we live in an environment that is really beyond our control. A human lifetime is paltry compared to the time to create a canyon.