One of the premier sport climbing areas in Europe (known for the solid pocketed limestone), especially during the 80's when the bolt wars hit a tipping point in the States...Buoux was in the thick of it as bolting was in on difficult, steep, and extremely pocketed limestone. Some of the hardest routes in the world were put up here in the early 80's and brought a host of hard men and women to the eclectic little surrounding villages. Lynn Hill took a famous fall here, landing in a tree near the base of Styx Wall...read the sobering account about it in her book. The climbing here is hard, so bring your guns and be prepared to be humbled and work on projects. There are over 500 routes on a cliff band that spans about a mile.
Buoux is located in South Eastern Provence just south of the Town of Apt. The signs there are obvious as you wind your way down to a little valley where the small village of Buoux is located. Most routes require a 10-15 minute moderate approach.
The GPS coordinates will get you to Parking Lot #1.
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From: Forchheim, Germany
Sep 16, 2013
Some useful info:
The name is pronounced something like "Bukes".
You can't stay (overnight) in Buoux, but you can camp in one of the two nearby towns, Apt or Bonnieux. In Apt you have the following three campgrounds to choose from:
- This campground is in the heart of Apt, making it pretty hard to sleep in the morning as there are large trucks as well as normal cars which drive by close to it. However, it's the cheapest and the toilets have toilet paper. There's also a community 'fridge, which came in really handy. This campground was the cheapest.
- This campground was the most expensive. They have a pool and lots of spaces for the old RV vacationers to park. On top of the price, expect to pay a small fee for staying in a "cure location" (less than a Euro per day for two people). It is located 1.5km away from the center of Apt and is quiet. The showers are similar to those of ____ but a little better designed. The toilets have neither toilet seats nor toilet paper.
- I didn't stay at this campground, so unfortunately I can't say anything except the price is a little less than _____ and it is located about 3km to the north of the center of Apt, which is the opposite direction to get to Buoux.
In Bonnieux there is also a campground which has similar quality to those in Apt and the cost lies roughly in the middle between the cheapest and most expensive in Apt. The disadvantage is that the nightlife and convenience of large grocery stores isn't there.