Gorges du Verdon

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Gorges du Verdon
Created On: Apr 3, 2002
Last Edited On: Dec 15, 2010


The deep cliff of the Gorges du Verdon is unique in Europe and is one of the greatest tourist attractions in Provence.
This wonderful canyon is one of the most famous places of the South of France for rock climbing.
More than 1.000 routes of wonderful and sound limestone are equipped with bolts, from one single pitch up to 250m high routes.
The difficulty is 5+ to 8c+

Verdon area and 360° panoramas

Cliffs and climbing

Topos and Topos

Link to Verdon grimporama page

On line Maugué routes (Guy Abert)

On line Castapiagne Rouge routes (FFME)

Photos of Castapiagne Rouge routes (FFME)

On line more routes (FFME)

On line sportextreme.com 500 routes

Yannick Michelat Oursinade route

Yannick Michelat Peril Rouge route

Yannick Michelat Verdon pictures

routes overview :

On L'Escalès cliff:

L'Arabe ou gris : 50m 5b
Ragtime : 60m 6a
Passion d'amour : 50m 6a
Totem : 50m 5c
Afin que nul ne meure : 150m 6a
Les dalles grises : 150m 5c
Cocoluche : 150m 6b
La Demande : 320m dont 100m de cheminée 6a
Pour une poignée de gros lard : 175m 6a
Tarpet farceur : 50m 5c
Wide is love : 50m 6a
Opéra verticouenne : 50m 5c
Face au public : 50m 5c
A moi les vivants : 50m 5c
Petit chat : 90m 6a+
El gringo loco : 90m 6a+
Pilier de l'arabe dément : 90m 6a
La dérobée : 180m 6a+

On more cliffs:

Gueule d'Amour, 6b, 100m
Pilier des écureuils, 6b+, 270m
Pichenibule, 7b+

Some pictures

The cañon

Verdon river

Getting There

From Marseille, reach Manosque (road A51), then road D951 to Moustiers Sainte-Marie and La Palud sur Verdon.
From Nice, reach Grasse, then road N85 to Castellane and the 'route des Gorges'
In most cases, the bottom of the routes is reached by a rappel from the top of the canyon where the road winds up.


Red Tape

No permit required. No fees. In some areas is climbing forbiden because of birds safety (vultures).

When To Climb

The best seasons are spring and summer and the beginning of autumn. Summer is very hot and winter time is more more quite and Verdon cañon is a wilde area during the cold season.

Camping and other accomodations

Camping is not allowed outside the many authorized areas in La Palud sur Verdon


Mountain Conditions

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External Links

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