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(Not) Climbing in Verdon Gorge: the Sentier Martel

Posted on February 26, 2014

Verdon Gorge is one of Europe’s premier climbing destinations. The cliffs rise a majestic seven hundred metres from the base of the gorge, soaring with neck straining verticality. Access is via abseil and is thus rather committing. The legendary multipitch sport routes begin at about the 6c mark and continue into 8c and beyond. Visitors and locals alike enthuse about the quality of the rock, the sick moves and the quality lines. Frankly, it sounds horrible and looks even more so. Fortunately, my beloved Climber has a healthy horror of having to rescue his wife from the middle pitch of a seven hundred meter ascent. So, in the interests of marital harmony and avoiding the expense of a helicopter call out, he decided not…