🧗‍♂️ The 14 Climbing Rooms in French-speaking Switzerland in 2019

The new fashion


The rooms dedicated to climbing have grown significantly in French-speaking Switzerland since 2010, particularly in the Lake Geneva region. Laniac’s climbing room is the first room opened in 2005 in Bulle. The idea is to climb a track along a wall using sockets of the same color. Each route is labelled with its own level of difficulty.

The different holds in the climbing room.

The climbing disciplines


The disciplines of climbing are as follows:

    1. Lead
    2. Boulder
    3. Speed

Among the three disciplines of climbing, two disciplines are available in the halls of French-speaking Switzerland: bouldering and lead climbing. The third discipline is speed, where two climbers climb a vertical wall at the same time and as quickly as possible. Lead climbing is practiced by a rope and the appropriate equipment with a partner or alone with a reel at a height of about 12 meters.

World speed record in 2014.

Lead type championship in 2018.

The bouldering discipline is limited to 4.5 meters but climbs without belay, padded mats cushion any fall. It is particularly popular today because it can be practiced alone and without rope. The block offers a friendly look by allowing several climbers to try to climb one track after the other while staying close to the ground and much shorter than with a wall 12 or 15 metres high.

World bouldering championship in 2016.

The climbing rooms of French-speaking Switzerland


The rooms inventoried in the listing of La Torpille have the following particularities:

  • Large climbing room with cloakroom and showers.
  • Permanent presence of a receptionist.
  • Rental of equipment such as shoes.
  • Reels in the upper rooms.

The 14 climbing halls in French-speaking Switzerland are mainly located in the canton of Vaud on the Lake Geneva area. Below, the geographical distribution by canton:

  • Canton of Vaud: 8
  • Canton of Fribourg: 3
  • Canton of Geneva: 1
  • Canton of Neuchâtel: 1
  • Canton of Valais: 1

Bouldering and lead rooms


The rooms below offer climbing and bouldering.

C+ Urban Climbing


logo c+ urban climbing

The climbing room C+ Urban Climbing is located in Colombier in the commune of Milvignes in the canton of Neuchâtel just next to the aerodrome. It contains 5 parts:

  • Reception area, changing rooms, cafeteria
  • Lead climbing from a height of more than 10 meters
  • Block for toddlers
  • Block for children and adults
  • Lead climbing for children

The building housing C+ Urban Climbing.
The building housing C+ Urban Climbing.

L’intérieur de la salle de grimpe.
L'intérieur de la salle de grimpe de c+ urban climbing

Gecko Climbing


gecko escalade logo

The Sottens climbing gym is one of the oldest in French-speaking Switzerland. It is located in Sottens in the Gros-de-Vaud region between Lausanne and Yverdon. It offers large lead climbing areas, an adult block and a children’s area.

The building housing Gecko Climbing.
The building housing Gecko Climbing.

The inside of the climbing room.
The inside of the gecko climbing room.

Laniac


logo salle de grimpe Laniac Escalade

Built in 2005, Laniac Escalade’s climbing gym is the oldest in French-speaking Switzerland. Small compared to the other rooms, it still offers boulder and lead climbing.

Laniac’s climbing room building.
Laniac's climbing room building.

Inside the climbing room with a reel for solo climbing.
Inside the room with a reel for solo climbing

A video about Laniac’s climbing gym.

Roc’o’drome


logo salle de grimpe du mur d'escalade de Chavornay

The Chavornay climbing wall is located in the centre of the former Chavornay mills.

The building of Chavornay’s climbing room.
The building of Chavornay's climbing room.

One of the climbing rooms.
One of the Chavornay climbing rooms.

A video on the Chavornay climbing wall.

Rocspot


logo bloczone givisiez

Rocspot is located west of Lausanne. The hall is one of the largest in French-speaking Switzerland with a large lead climbing area and an imposing central block. It is the only room to offer track climbing outside and is held by the same owner as BlocZone.

The Rocspot room building with the external climbing wall.
The Rocspot room building with the external climbing wall.

Rocspot’s central block with the high walls around it.
Rocspot's central block with the high walls around it.

A video on the Rocspot Echandens climbing gym.

Vertic-Halle


logo salle de grimpe de Vertic-Halle Saxon

Vertic-Halle is one of the largest climbing halls in French-speaking Switzerland and the only one in Valais. A boulder is available in summer outside.

The Vertic-Halle building.
The Vertic-Halle building.

A high wall of Vertic-Halle with a reel.
A high wall of Vertic-Halle with a reel.

A video about the climbing gym at Vertic-Halle.

BlocZone


logo bloczone givisiez

The BlocZone room is located in Givisiez in the suburbs of Fribourg. This is Rocspot’s little sister in Echandens near Lausanne. However, it offers a beautiful climbing surface and two central blocks.

BlocZone’s entry in the industrial zone of Givisiez.
BlocZone's entry in the industrial zone of Givisiez.

Bloczone’s climbing area from the cafeteria.
Bloczone's climbing area from the cafeteria.

A video about the BlocZone room in Givisiez.

Bouldering rooms only


The boulder is a recent discipline of climbing. The climber ascends a wall from 4 to 5 metres high without being tied up with large mattresses on the ground to cushion a possible fall.

It is a very recent discipline and is very fashionable today because of the fact that the visitor can climb alone and its friendly side where several people can try alternately a way and thus create an emulation.

The construction and maintenance of bouldering rooms is also much cheaper since it is sufficient to have a height of 5 metres instead of about 13 metres for rooms offering lead climbing.

Dbloc


logo salle de grimpe de Dbloc Bulle

Dbloc is a block room in a house in the city of Bulle. It has a traditional side and climbing walls much less impressive than the brand new block rooms but keeps a good-natured friendly side and has a climbing face on the outside.

The house of the Dbloc climbing room.
The house of the Dbloc climbing room.

An outer block of Dbloc.
An outer block of Dbloc.

Le Cube


logo salle de grimpe du Cube à Bussigny

Le Cube is a climbing room in an industrial building of the Lausanne suburb of Mont-sur-Lausanne. It is a room that offers the largest climbing surface dedicated to bouldering with Totem Ecublens.

The entrance of the Cube with the parking lot.
The entrance of the Cube with the parking lot.

The climbing room with many central blocks.
The climbing room with many central blocks.

Totem climbing Ecublens


logo salle de grimpe de Totem Ecublens

Totem Escalade Ecublens is the largest block room in French-speaking Switzerland. It offers a large area for children and an outdoor wall for summer.

Totem Ecublens building.
Totem Ecublens building.

Totem Ecublens’ boulder.
Totem Ecublens' boulder.

 

Totem climbing Gland


logo salle de grimpe de Totem Ecublens

Totem Escalade Gland is located in the same building as the bowling alley in Gland. It is part of the Totem chain dedicated exclusively to the block.

The building housing Totem Gland.
The building housing Totem Gland.

Totem Gland’s boulder.
Totem Gland's boulder.

A video on in Totem Gland’s climbing room.

Totem climbing Vevey


logo salle de grimpe de Totem Ecublens

Totem Escalade Gland is located in a residential building in the heart of Vevey in front of Nestlé’s headquarters. It is part of the Totem chain dedicated exclusively to the block.

Totem Vevey’s room from the outsider.
Totem Vevey's room from the outside

Totem Vevey’s boulder.
Totem Vevey's boulder.

Totem climbing Versoix


logo salle de grimpe de Totem Ecublens

Totem Escalade Versoix in the canton of Geneva is located in the Migros building. It is part of the Totem chain dedicated exclusively to the block.

The Migros building containing the Totem Versoix room.
The Migros building containing the Totem Versoix room.

The Totem Versoix block.
The Totem Versoix block.

A video on the Swiss bouldering championships at Totem Versoix’s climbing gym.

The comparative table


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 BloczoneC+ Urban ClimbingDBlockFribourgGecko Bulle LaniacLe CubeMur de Crans-MontanaRoc'o'dromeRocSpotTotem EcublensTotem GlandTotem VersoixTotem VeveyVertic-Halle MontheyVertic-Halle SaxonVilleneuve
Logologo bloczonelogo C+ Urban Climbing Le logo de Dbloc Grimpelogo rocspotlogo geckologo laniaclogo le cubePas de logologo mur d'escalade de Chavornaylogo rocspotlogo totem ecublenslogo totem glandlogo totem versoixlogo totem veveylogo vertichalle saxonlogo vertichalle saxonlogo rocspot
Lien vers activitéActivitéActivitéActivitéOuverture en 2020ActivitéActivitéActivitéActivitéActivitéActivitéLienActivitéActivitéActivitéActivitéActivitéActivité
Photobloczone givisiez escaladec plus urban climbingdbloc bull escaladegecko escaladelaniac bulle escaladele cube bussigny escalademur d'escalade de ChavornayRocspot Echandenstotem escalade ecublenstotem escalade glandtotem escalade versoixtotem escalade veveyvertic-halle saxon escalade
Canton Fribourg Neuchâtel Fribourg Fribourg Vaud Fribourg Vaud Valais Vaud Vaud Vaud VaudIcone drapeau canton de Geneve Genève Vaud Valais Valais Vaud
VilleGivisiezMilvignesBulleFribourgSottensBulleBussignyCrans-MontanaChavornayEchandensEcublensGlandVersoixVeveyMontheySaxonVilleneuve
Bloc✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Bloc central✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Grimpe en voie✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Cordes déjà installées✔️ 20✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Nombre d'enrouleurs
(auto-assureurs)
✔️ 6✔️ 2✔️ 4✔️ 2✔️ 6✔️✔️✔️ 12
Mur en Extérieur✔️ en Bloc✔️✔️✔️ en Bloc✔️
Hauteur intérieurSalle: ?
Bloc: 4.5
Salle: 13
Bloc: 4
Bloc: 4Salle: 13Salle: 12Salle: 13.5
Bloc: 4
Salle: 13
Bloc: 4
Salle: 13
Bloc: 4.5
Bloc: 4.5Bloc: 4.5Bloc: 4.5Bloc: 4.5Bloc: 4.5Salle: 15
Bloc: 4.5
Salle:16
Nombre de salles1142221411122234
Surface au Sol m2250
Bloc:40
Voies: 210
320
Bloc: 110
Voies: 210
Env: 300280Env: 3002450
Nombre de prises18'0002'500 (total)35'000
Nombre de voies300120450120150700
Nombre de niveaux de difficultéDegrés66DegrésDegrés6 Couleurs8Degrés (difficulté)
6 couleurs (bloc)
Degrés9 Couleurs9 Couleurs9 Couleurs9 CouleursDegrés
Espace enfants dédié✔️✔️✔️ bloc et mini toboggan✔️ fermé✔️ ouvert✔️✔️✔️ fermé✔️ ouvert✔️ ouvert✔️
Surface de Grimpe (m2)1'500Total: 1'000?Total: 1'000Total: 700Total: 1'300Total: 650
Bloc: 150
Mur à corde: 500
Total: 1'000
Bloc: 110
Mur à corde: 900
Total: 2'500
Outdoor: 450
Mur à corde: 1'850
Bloc: 200
Total: 1'600Environ 500Environ 500Environ 400400Total: 2'300
Mur à corde: 1'650
Bloc: 500
4'000
Parcours en surplomb:✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️ petit✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️ plafond✔️
Moonboard✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Magnésie à disposition✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Zone d'entraînement✔️✔️ petite (1 élément)✔️✔️✔️ petite✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️ Séparée✔️ Séparée✔️✔️
Bâtiment dédié à la grimpe✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Espace CafetMoyenMoyenPas de tableGrandPetitMoyen✔️GrandGrandGrandPetitMoyenPetitGrandMoyenMoyen
Restauration✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Vestiaires✔️✔️✔️ petit
Pas de douche
✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Location de matériel✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Vente matériel grimpe✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Création2011201820092020200820052011??20162018201520172018201920122019
Prix entrée adulte
2018
Adulte: 22
Etudiant/AVS: 18
10-16 ans: 12
<10: 8
Adulte: 24
Etudiant/AVS: 20
12 - 16 ans: 12
Moins de 12 ans: 8
Plus de 12 ans: 10
Etudiant/AVS: 8
6 à 11 ans: 6
Moins de 6 ans: 4
Adulte: 20
Etudiant/AVS: 16
12-18 ans: 12
7-11 ans: 8
3-7 ans: 5
Adulte: 20
Etudiant/AVS: 16
12-16 ans: 12
<12: 10
Adulte: 16
Etudiant/AVS: 14
12-16 ans: 12
9-11 ans: 8
5-9: 6
Mur:
Adulte/Enfant: 15/8
Bloc:
Adulte/Enfant: 8/8
Mur et Bloc / Bloc
Adulte: 20/10
Etudiant/AVS: 16/8
14 à 17 ans: 14/8
10 à 13 ans: 12/8
5 à 9 ans: 10/8
Moins de 5 ans: 8/8
Adulte: 26
Etudiant/AVS: 20
10-16 ans: 14
<10: 10
Adulte: 16
Etudiant/AVS: 14
12-16 ans: 12
9-11 ans: 10
5-8: 5
Adulte: 16
Etudiant/AVS: 14
12-16 ans: 12
9-11 ans: 10
5-8: 5
Adulte: 18
Etudiant/AVS: 16
12-16 ans: 14
9-11 ans: 10
5-8: 8
Adulte: 16
Etudiant/AVS: 14
12-16 ans: 12
9-11 ans: 10
5-8: 5
Adulte: 16
13-16 ans: 10
2-12 ans: 12 (avec Fun Parc)
Bloc+ enrouleurs/complet
Adulte: 16/24
Etudiant/AVS: 16/19
11-16 ans: 10/13
4-10: 8/8
Adulte: 26
AVS/AI/Etudiant: 20
10 à 16 ans: 14
Moins de 10 ans: 10
Prix Location Matériel
2018
Chaussures: 5
Baudrier: 4
Corde: 5
Set complet: 12
Chaussures: 5
Baudrier: 5
Corde: 5
Assureur: 3
Sac à pof: 3
Set complet: 12
Chaussures: 5Chaussures: 5
Baudrier: 3
Corde: 6
Set complet: 12
Chaussures: 5
Baudrier: 4
Corde: 4
Set complet: 10
Chaussures:
Adulte/Etudiant/AVS: 5
Enfants: 2
Chaussures: 4
Baudrier: 4
Corde: 4
Assureur: 4
Set complet: 12
Chaussures: 4
Baudrier: 2
Corde: 4
Assureurs: 2
Chaussures: 5
Baudrier: 4
Corde: 4
Set complet: 12
Chaussures:
Adulte: 5
Etudiant/AVS: 4
Enfants: 3
Chaussures:
Adulte: 5
Etudiant/AVS: 4
Enfants: 3
Chaussures:
Adulte: 5
Etudiant/AVS: 4
Enfants: 3
Chaussures:
Adulte: 5
Etudiant/AVS: 4
Enfants: 3
Chaussures:
13 et +: 5
12 et -: 3
Chaussures: 5
Baudrier: 4
Corde: 6
Set complet: 13
Chaussures: 5
Baudrier: 4
Corde: 5
Set complet: 12
Remarques:Espace bloc pour les moins de 6 ans.Montée de l'antenne en extérieur.Salle dans la halle de tennis de la Moubra.Salle de lecture au sous-sol.Espace YogaEspace YogaEspace YogaTrampolines et strucutres tubulaires pour les enfantsChâteaux gonflables à l'extérieur en été.A l'intérieur du centre commercial Rocville

Different coloured routes at Totem Vevey. 
Different coloured routes at Totem Vevey.

Rocspot with a central block.
Rocspot with a central block

A Moonboard at the Cube. A Moonboard is an inclined plane on which a large number of holds allow you to train on chosen difficulty paths. Each wall position is equipped with a LED that lights up to indicate the socket to be used according to the chosen channel when connecting to the Moonboard with your smartphone via Bluetooth. The word “Moonboard” is not related to the moon but comes from its inventor Ben Moon, a climber and inventor of this system.
A Moonboard is an inclined plane on which a large number of holds

Outdoor climbing wall at Rocspot.
Outdoor climbing wall at Rocspot.

Training area at Totem Versoix.
Training area at Totem Versoix

A climber on an overhanging track at Totem Gland.
A climber on an overhanging track at Totem Gland.

What is the best climbing gym in French-speaking Switzerland?


The Torpille team observed a good quality of the climbing rooms in French-speaking Switzerland. However, we are establishing here what we think are the best rooms:

The Swiss climbing champions


Several Swiss have distinguished themselves since the creation of the World Climbing Championships in the early 1990s. In the men’s category, the Jura rider Cédric Lachat (2007 and 2012) and the Geneva rider Elie Chevieux (1995) are both bronze medallists and in the women’s category Susi Good (1991 and 1993) and the Zurich rider Petra Klinger (2016) are world champions.

Cédric Lachat climbing a 9a in 2012.

Petra Klinger 2016 World Champion.

Susi Good, 1991 world champion.

The French champions


At the international level, two Frenchmen have left their mark with Patrick Edlinger, who introduced climbing to the general public in the 1980s, and Alain Robert, who specializes in climbing unassisted buildings. Born in the early 1960s, both suffered a very serious escalation accident.

Edlinger fell 18 metres in 1995 in the creeks of Marseille and suffered a cardiac arrest. Rescued by a doctor on site, he survived with only a few muscle tears. Unfortunately, he died in 2012 from an accidental fall down a staircase.

Patrick Edlinger shortly before his death in 2012.
Patrick Edlinger shortly before his death in 2012.

As for Robert, in September 1982, he made a terrible 15-metre fall head first on the rock following the breakage of the rope he had been given to rappel down. He suffered multiple fractures and a coma that left him handicapped in some joints and 66% disabled.

Alain Robert even survived another fall the following year in 1983, which also led to a coma. Nevertheless, this does not prevent him from becoming famous by climbing emblematic buildings all over the world without a security system, such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Sidney Opera House, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, the Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai or the Empire State Building in New York.

Alain Robert in 2018 with a belay system.
Alain Robert in 2018 with a belay system.

Video coverage of Alain Robert, the spider man.

The Olympic Games


Climbing, with about 35 million fans worldwide, will logically become part of the Olympic Games in 2020 in Tokyo. Only one medal will be awarded in the men’s and women’s categories in the form of a combination of the performances of the three disciplines of climbing.

Videos on climbing


Video reportage with Mathilde Becerra, a professional French climber.

A video of the first ascent of a 9c, an exceptionally high level of climbing. The challenge is being carried out by Adam Ondra, a Czech climber born in 1993 on a track in Norway.

Questions


Which climbing rooms offer bouldering?

  • All climbing rooms in French-speaking Switzerland offer bouldering.

What are the free rooms in French-speaking Switzerland?

  • None, all climbing rooms in French-speaking Switzerland are fee-based.

What is the largest block in French-speaking Switzerland?

  • Totem Ecublens climbing room offers the largest climbing surface in French-speaking Switzerland.

Which are the largest lead climbing rooms?

  • Vertic-Halle Saxon VS
  • Rocspot Echandens VD
  • Gecko Sottens VD

What are the rooms where you can rent climbing equipment such as slippers or harnesses?

  • All climbing halls in French-speaking Switzerland offer equipment for rent.

What is the oldest room in French-speaking Switzerland?

  • The Laniac room in Bulle, created in 2005, is the oldest in French-speaking Switzerland.

What is the only city with two climbing rooms?

  • Bulle is the only city that offers two climbing rooms.

What are the climbing rooms around Lausanne?

  • Rocspot Echandens
  • Le Cube Mont-sur-Lausanne
  • Totem Ecublens

What is the minimum age for climbing?

  • There is no minimum age for climbing.