SAINTE VICTOIRE


Rising to the west of Aix en Provence, the first sight of the soaring limestone peak of the Montagne de Sainte Victoire, rising to 1011m, should set any climbers pulse racing. The south-facing sheets of limestone look both smooth and huge from a distance, a closer inspection reveals a massive area of compact white rock. Off-vertical face climbing is the name of the game here, often with slightly spicy bolting. The 170+ routes we cover here are about 15 percent of the total routes on offer on the mountain, if you enjoy the place, get the local guide and go off exploring.

Routes

177 sport routes (3+...8a+)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
or shade
Approach walk Other Page
Sector La Reposante
The left-most section described in the book is home to many routes. Some of the routes have upper...
39
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

20 mins

32
Sector Plates Dalles
An attractive area of slabs with a good set of well-bolted routes, many in the lower grades. There...
24
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

20 mins

34
Aiguille Bertine
This tower offers a fine selection of routes in the orange grades, a nice mixture of shortish...
24
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

20 mins

36
Sector Super Medius
The show-piece of the crag has a set of desperate face routes and the occasional easier line...
39
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

15 mins

40
Sector G.T.M.
A good set of routes on an impressively-smooth, pear-shaped buttress. The central routes are the...
11
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

15 mins

44
Minor Sectors
The right-hand end of Sainte Victoire holds a variety of easier routes.
40
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

15 mins

46
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