Saoû is not as well known as cliffs that are located further south, such as Dentelles de Montmirail, Baronnies or Buoux,
however it offers in that area more than 600 routes with several pitches.
It is therefore less crowded and has a nice smell of Provence.
Getting There and Staying...From Montélimar, drive NW on road D6 for 27 kms.
Then turn right on D538.
After 7 kms you will reach the small village of Saoû.
There is a nice camp site :
Camping La Briance
Tel : 04 75 76 05 00
Site DescriptionIn Drôme you will find lots of rocks to climb.
There is a good concentration around Saou with several specific areas.
All of it is Limestone.
You have to be careful on some parts, as it might less solid than it seems.
Wearing is therefore highly recommended.
1. ROCHE COLOMBE :
Pyramania > 20 routes / 18 to 70m / 5a to 8b
Opéra > 8 routes / 70m / 5b to 7b+
Lézard Qui Danse > 14 routes / 20 to 70m / 4a to 7b+
Echaffaudage Volant > 18 routes / 20 to 25m / 5b to 7a+
2. LA POUPOUNE :
Attentat au Picodon > 9 routes / 20 to 45m / 4a to 7c
Choucas > 19 routes / 35 to 160m / 4c to 6b+
Champagne Pour Tout Le Monde > 23 routes / 18 to 100m / 5b to 7c+
3. LE GRAND REGARDE :
Drayas > 21 routes / 30 to 45m / 5b to 7c+
Le Mur Des Primates > 10 routes / 10m / 5b to 6b+
4. L'AIGUILLE DE LA TOUR :
Guet Apens > 13 routes / 25 to 100m / 5c to 7c
Voyage Et Du Vent > 10 routes / 110 to 140m / 4b to 7a
Arête > 24 routes / 30 to 200m / 4a to 6c+
Cathy > 25 routes / 20 to 200m / 2c to 7b
5. LA CEYTE - AIGUILLE OUEST :
Soleil > 17 routes / 15 to 60m / 5b to 6c
Tête En L'Air > 11 routes / 20 to 50m / 4b to 7b+
Rêve Orange - Pantomine > 10 routes / 10 to 45m / 5b to 7a
6. LA CEYTE - AIGUILLE EST :
Grand Roux > 19 routes / 4c to 7b
Others climbing sites around Saoû :
Pas de Lauzun
Les Trois Becs - La Forêt de Saou (La Pelle, Le Signal, Le Veyou & Roche Rousse)
Soyans (Le Rocher des Abeilles, Le Petit Cirque & La Borne de Jeanne)
Pont de Barret (Les Rangs de Mars)
Rocher de Label (L'Ultime Fugue
Books, Maps & Weather
The best handbook to climb is :
Escalade dans la Drôme : Saoû
The best map of the area is :
3138OT Dieulefit/Forêt de Saou
And for weather conditions :
Meteo France > Saoû