Verdon, the magic word
Synonymous with flawless stone, disorientating exposure, spaced protection and big committement. Its on our doorstep, and unlike the Alps has perfect weather for most of the year.
I am a professionally qualified rock climbing guide, living and specialising in bespoke guiding and instruction for individuals and private groups in the magical Verdon Gorge of southern France. If you're looking to improve your multi pitch climbing, leader confidence and ropework at the same time as ticking an awesome 400m wall, or you want to make the break from plastic to real rock its hard to imagine a more inspiring place to do that.
A little more about the Verdon Gorge
The Verdon gorge has some of the best limestone rock climbing anywhere in the world and a unique, grandiose atmosphere. The spectacular gorges
are a sort of Provençal Yosemite – Europe's Grand Canyon. Shields of blue-grey limestone sweep down, broken only by ancient twisted junipers, to
the turquoise river below. More than anywhere else the rock here is an incredible element, and the climbing an exploration of vertical balance.
Climbing a long route here is a real voyage. First walk into the gorge through the dark, troll-infested tunnels, or feel the sky as you abseil through space to a wooded terrace halfway up the 400metre cliff, a land that time forgot. Cast off into the vertical ocean. Vultures with a ten-foot wingspan fly past like pterodactyls, turning their heads to look sideways at you. When you arrive at the rim of the gorge you will have indelible memories.
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