The "Gateway to Provence", Sisteron is a small town located between the French Riviera and the southern Pre-Alps, smack between Marseille and Grenoble.
Sisteron can be a base for nearby climbing in Orpierre, Ventavon, Savournon, Sigottier, Châteauneuf-de-Chabre , Volx, longer day trips to Ceuse and a fun place itself to climb for a day or three. Neat town to spend some time walking around in, with, nice lodging options and good restaurants, a market on Wednesday, friendly tourist office, knick knack shopping, and some tourist sites like the Citadel and a few museums.
Located in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France, the town is at the natural rocky gap barrier on the Route Napoléon taken by Napoléon in 1815 on his return from exile at Elba.
Rock climbing is located at Le Rocher de la Baume on east bank of the Durance River, across from the city’s citadel. It’s a fairly small, compact area with a couple of sectors:
La Faille: south and north facing cragging in the main slot formed by the impressive fins of rock. Just over 30 routes from very short beginner routes at 4+, moderate steep slab climbing in the sun and up to 8b with some hard, thin crack lines on the overhanging north face.
South Face: left, middle and right sectors on the main south face area with around 45 routes from 4+ to 7b+ and a couple of two pitch routes.
The local and somewhat difficult to find climbing shop is "the Blue Light" which is worth a visit (!). Some great deals on local gear and resoles from this local artisan:
Mike Cuaz Soescalade The Blue Light 12 Rue du Grand Couvert 04200 Sisteron 04 92 31 16 57
Town attractions: The impressive Citadel and the 12th century Cathédrale Notre Dame des Pommiers et Saint Thyrse. Three museums of note: the Citadel Museum, the Baden-Powell Scout Museum and Musée Terre & Temps. The lido (beach area) and the airfields at Vaumeilh, La Motte-du-Caire and Château-Arnoux-Saint-Auban, which are dedicated to the sport of gliding.
The long distance hiking trail, the GR 6 (Grande Randonnée), passes across town west/east.
Helpful tourist office in town which also sells the local rock climbing guidebook. Lodging is available with hotels, gites, B&B’s and several campsites to choose from. See the official tourist website for more info:
Climb up a flat face, past a horizontal seam, through a very small 5" roof.More face leads to broken cracks which are followed slightly left to the belay anchor hung in the middle of the face (below a large green bush) well below the top rim of the cliff.Thin and thoughtful with some good variety of movement through the broken cracks....[more]Browse More Classics in International