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Climb in Verdon

Rock climbing in the Verdon Gorge, one of the most beautiful regions of France

The Verdon Gorge is located in Southern France in the region of Alpes de Haute Provence. Impressive in size and considered by many to be one of the most beautiful river canyons in Europe, the bright turquoise of the Verdon river shimmers against the massive limestone walls that tower either side of it.

The Gorges du Verdon limestone is well known for its quality and challenge, however it is also the perfect training ground for beginner climbers to master the techniques of multi-pitch climbing. The gorge offers amazing bolted and traditional multi-pitch climbing routes - you'll find everything from perfect cracks to overhanging walls and technical face climbs. With over 1000 routes in the area, you never have to climb the same one twice!

The massive choice and variety of routes makes this area popular with beginners and experienced climbers alike; some routes are accessed on foot via tunnels that lead into the bottom of the gorge, whereas you'll abseil into others from above.

Verdon Gorge is the perfect destination offering good quality climbing and great cuisine in the amazing environment and climate of the Haute Provence. This is an unmissable trip for any climber.

Description

Level Requirements

The Gorges du Verdon course is designed for beginners in multi-pitch climbing. If you enjoy sport climbing - either on your local crag or in an indoor climbing wall - and wish to move on to more adventurous and longer climbs, this course is for you. 

We expect you to have some experience in rock climbing and to know the basic rope work techniques (how to tie your knot, how to safely belay your lead climber, how to rappel). However, this course includes a refresher day where we will focus on all these techniques and practsie them to perfection. 

During this course you will be required to climb French 5+ on lead rope and 6A-6A+ on top rope. If you are unsure of your suitability for this trip please feel free to contact us for advice.

Accommodation

The course is based and run from the Chalet de la Maline, a rural gite with excellent access to the gorge. Accommodation is on a shared basis 4-6 beds to a room, breakfasts and dinners included. 

Please note that this accommodation is subject to availability. There are possible additional costs for another gite if the Chalet de la Maline is not available, this will be confirmed with you at time of booking.

Price

1890€

Price per person for a group of minimum 2 persons

Course Dates

Any date on demand

Included

Guide Fees

5 days of guiding and instruction by a UIAGM qualified mountain guide.

Accommodation (half-board)

6 nights accommodation at Chalet de la Maline, with breakfast and dinner.

Group Equipment

Ropes, safety equipment, etc will be provided when needed by your guide.

Office Support

Our team is based at the foot of the Aiguille du Midi cable car and will be happy to help you with any questions you may have before, during or after your trip to Chamonix.

Not Included

Equipment

Please see the "Equipment" tab to find out what you will need. Anything that you do not already have can be rented here in Chamonix, if there is anything you need then please contact us and we will be happy to organise it for you.

For private customised guiding, please contact us directly to confirm your persoanlised kit list.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you take our Search and Rescue mountain insurance - we can organise this for you on request.

Food & Drink

The price does not include lunch or snacks. You can bring your own food and we can stop for a picnic, or there may be the option to buy lunch at a mountain hut. Please make sure that you are carrying sufficient water and snacks as we will be in the mountains for a number of hours.

Day 1 : Arrival in Verdon

Today you will meet your guide and the rest of the group and enjoy dinner together at the Chalet de la Maline.

Day 2 : Climbing Refresher Day

The course will start with a refresher day where we will go climbing single pitch routes.

We will practice all the essential rope techniques and check the use of different belay devices.

This is the perfect opportunity to warm-up your muscles and to get used to climbing this type of rock.

Day 3 : Multi-Pitch Climbing

Today we will climb a short multi-pitch route (about 4 pitches) to put our rope work skills into practice.

We can either go climbing at one of the sport climbing are or have a swim in the river in the afternoon.

Day 4 : Dent d’Art Belvedere

Most of the big routes are accessible by an abseil from the top of the canyon and this is what we will do today!

Dropping into the gorge with a long rappel from the Dent d’art Belvedere, we'll then climb 7-8 pitches of up to 6A+ (200m).

Day 5 : Arete du Belvedere

Today we'll walk down the impressive Arete du Belvedere trail to climb one of the most popular routes in the Gorges du Verdon, the Arete du Belvedere. This is a long and varied route of 6A+ (250m).

Day 6 : Escales

A 200m rappel on a single fixed rope will bring us to the to the Escales sector of the Verdon gorge, an impressive 400m crag with a multitude of climbing routes to choose from.

We'll climb the Afin Que Nul Ne Meure route, 5 pitches of varied fun climbing over 150m (6A+).

Day 7 : Leaving Day

You'll have one last breakfast with the other members of your group before leaving.

Clothing

Warm hat

Warm hat

Sun hat

Sun hat

Hiking boots

Hiking boots

Climbing shoes

Climbing shoes

Technical gear

Harness

Harness

Screwgate carabiner

Screwgate carabiner

60 - 120 cm tape sling

60 - 120 cm tape sling

Belay device

Belay device

Climbing helmet

Climbing helmet

35 - 45 litres rucksack

35 - 45 litres rucksack

Extras

Sunglasses

Sunglasses

Water bottle (1 litre minimum)

Water bottle (1 litre minimum)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Headlamp with fresh batteries

Headlamp with fresh batteries

Sleeping bag liner

Sleeping bag liner

Travel to Verdon

The closest airport is Nice or Marseille. Then it is best to hire a car and drive to Verdon. Let us know if you are booking as an individual, we can get you in touch with the other participants to share a car. Alternatively, we can ask the Chalet owners to come and pick you up (extra surcharge).