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

179 winter routes (3+...?)
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
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

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

Aiguille Bertine
This tower offers a fine selection of routes in the orange grades, a nice mixture of shortish...
23
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

20 mins

Le Grand Parcours
A Big Course indeed! Six hours up and down is a good time for an efficient team and a UK grade of...
1
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

20 mins

Sector Super Medius
The show-piece of the crag has a set of desperate face routes and the occasional easier line...
40
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

15 mins

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

Aiguille des Gatz'Arts
No description as yet.
1
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

25 mins

Sector Nino Ferrer
The latest section of the cliff hereabouts to be developed, the routes are pleasant, if...
9
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

15 mins

Sector Le Labo
A set of short and quite tough routes with a bit of a mishmash of bolts. A place to get plenty done...
24
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

15 mins

Sector Totem et Tabou
A pleasant collection of slabby routes up and right from the other sectors.
7
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

15 mins

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