One of the least known areas in this guide, Venasque has a concentration of very high quality routes with very short approaches. The routes vary from those which are technical, vertical and festooned with slopers to jaw-droppingly steep walls with long sustained climbs. This is generally a shady spot but you can get some sun if you get there early enough in the day. There are many more crags than described here, though a lot of the crags at Venasque are on private land and remain undeveloped. For three other developed areas, you may be able to acquire the local topo at the tourist information office in the town of Venasque, but this is closed off-season.


123 winter routes (5a...8b)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Apart from early in the morning, Quinsan doesn't get much in the way of sun - so a good venue for...
Early morning sun

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Place de l'Ascle
A brilliant collection of routes covering a range of climbing from steep, sustained jug-pulling up...
Early morning sun

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