BARRE DE L'ESCALÈS


The Verdon Gorge is one of Europe's prime climbing destinations; huge cliffs, magnificent rock, easy access, dramatic situations and an amiable climate for a good part of the year. The majority of the routes are reasonably well bolted, though a significant number of climbs, including several of the major classics, require the carrying of a light rack. Double ropes are sensible on any of the longer routes; whether or not to carry a rucksack, approach shoes, wind/waterproof, water etc. depends on weather conditions and team ability. Benightments are not that uncommon on the longer routes, the balance between speed and safety is a tricky one - as ever! If approaching routes from above, it makes sense to ensure you are in the right place before committing to the abseils. Almost all routes have their names painted at the top (on plaques or on the rock), but often these are faded or tricky to find, sometimes a bit of detective work is required to ensure you have the correct starting point. It is worth pointing out that many of the grades feel pretty stiff, though a large percentage of this can be linked to the awe-inspiring setting of many of the climbs. Having a grade or two in hand may be a good idea until you get the feel of the place.

Routes

135 winter routes (5c...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
Frimes et Chatiments
At this point the cliffs are only about 120m high to the Jardin des Suisses, offering the chance of...
17
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

5 mins

Abseil
sheltered
Heure Zéro and Golem
Another wide section of cliff with a huge array of routes - there are over 70 documented climbs on...
8
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

5 mins

Abseil
sheltered
La Fête des Nerfs
A west-facing wall with a lot of routes. A couple of classics are covered here - consult the local...
2
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

5 mins

Abseil
sheltered
Rivière d'Argent
A great selection of longer multi-pitch classics around half a dozen pitches long and a set of...
28
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

5 mins

Abseil
Le Belvédère de la Carelle
Probably the most popular section of the whole cliff for the simple reason it is so accessible. The...
14
Sport
Lots of sun!
Roadside

5 mins

Abseil
Papy on Sight
Right under the BelvŽdre de la Carelle is a steep wall that faces up the gorge and flanked by...
17
Sport
Lots of sun!
Roadside

5 mins

Abseil
sheltered
Pichenibule
A magnificent shield of immaculate grey rock suspended above the void. There are many great climbs...
13
Sport
Lots of sun!
Level

5 mins

Abseil
sheltered
Les Dalles Grises
A big rugged slab of juggy rock with some very popular lower-grade climbs. To the right the steeper...
20
Sport
Lots of sun!
Level

5 mins

Abseil
sheltered
La Demande
A small section of great routes that go the whole way - the full height from the bottom to top of...
6
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

20 mins

sheltered
Luna Bong Area
Powerful lines, great rock, easy access (if you like hairy abseils) and of course some classic...
10
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

5 mins

Abseil
sheltered
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