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Gorge du Verdon  

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Elevation: 4,000'
Location: 43.7463, 6.3724 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Euan Cameron, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Euan Cameron on Jan 14, 2012
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The Verdon Gorge is one of the classic climbing areas in Europe, and one that should be on everyones list of places to visit. The routes range from short one pitch technically challenging affairs to multi pitch all day adventures. All the routes share incredible views and perfect limestone rock.

The gorge is huge and depending on guides is divided up differently, but a common way of dividing it is to split the main gorge in 3, and then deal with the outlying areas as their own separate area. The three main areas of the gorge are basically the upstream, central and downstream sections:
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The majority of the climbs are access by walking from parking areas along the loop road. For the popular areas these approaches range from a few seconds to around 15 minutes.

Some climbs start from the trail at the bottom of the gorge which means walking through a tunnels carved out of the solid limestone - an adventure in itself.

The climbing scene is very relaxed and it is possible to climb incredible rock with no one around, or if a scene is more your thing climb at one of the popular areas on the loop road and you'll have plenty other people to chat to (and more than the occasional tourist snapping pictures).

It isn't an all year venue for climbing, but from late spring through fall the climate is ideal for enjoying the walls. Afternoon thunderstorms are not uncommon in August and September.

There is a good camp ground on the east side of the nearby village, La Palud-sur-Verdon.

On your days off from climbing you can set up a bridge jump on the bridge over the river at the bottom of the gorge. Or you could just relax in and enjoy some local wine and baguette.

Getting There 

Located just over a couple of hours North West from Cannes or about the same distance North East from Marseille it is easy to reach by car.

The best way to reach the gorge is to head towards the nearby village La Palud-sur-Verdon and take D23 from the village to the gorge. Make sure you take the correct exit out of town as the one way tunnel section means you will not get to all areas if you take the South West direction.

Climbing Season

Weather station 24.5 miles from here

5 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

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Afin Que Nul Ne Meure 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  Europe : France : ... : Dalles Grises
A magnificent line that ascends clean rock to the left of the Dalles Grises rappel gully. Only 5 pitches long, this route provides a great intro into the Verdon process of rapping into the Gorge with little way out but up. After the vegetated descent, one may wonder how this vertical route could be any good. 'Afin' does not dissappoint as you follow a progression of amazing side-pulls, pockets, flutes, stems, jugs and a couple of roofs that guard the summit. This route REALLY has it all!P1(5...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

Photos of Gorge du Verdon Slideshow Add Photo
View from the first or second Belvedere
View from the first or second Belvedere
Verdon, De Gevangenpoort 7b+ 150 m
Verdon, De Gevangenpoort 7b+ 150 m
Entering La Palud
Entering La Palud
The Green Parrot: an all-in-one shop for climbing ...
The Green Parrot: an all-in-one shop for climbing ...
D17 tunnel on the south side of the Gorge.
D17 tunnel on the south side of the Gorge.
More rock than you could climb in a lifetime....
More rock than you could climb in a lifetime....
Anne topping out on 'Double Fond' a must do 5 pitc...
Anne topping out on 'Double Fond' a must do 5 pitc...

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By Euan Cameron
From: Redlands and Mammoth Lakes
Jan 14, 2012
If you are heading down the bottom of the gorge to do one of the longer routes do not forget to pack a head torch! The first time we did a route there we forgot to bring a head torch. Rather than go all the way back to the village we decided to wait for a tourist to come on by which one did after 20 or so minutes. We then we able to follow along through the tunnels, which work great until they decided to turn back after the first one, leaving us stranded.

Our only option was to stumble along in complete darkness for the full length of the tunnels, which was more tricky than you imagine since the tunnels are not straight, they have old rail tracks in places and some were flooded here and there.
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