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Once a dreaded climb
The Bure plateau and the eponymous peak located 8,887 ft (2,709 m) above sea level are accessible on foot by the GR94B from the hamlet of Sauvas (4,406 ft / 1,343 m). This four-hour hike can be shortened by starting from Superdévoluy or taking the Jas chairlift that drops off the passengers directly at 6,233 ft (1,900 m). The first ascent route on the north wall was traced in 1943 by Leininger and Malipier. As for the first ascent of the eastern pillar, it was carried out in three days in September 1961 by Desmaison, Bertrand, and Pollet-Villard then renewed in 1973 for its winter variant by Béghin, Reymond, Challéat, and Larriat. It was then considered the most difficult climb of the limestone massifs of the French Alps.
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