Guided Adventure in the Verdon Gorge

Guided Courses

The Road to La Demande - 5 Days

Exit Chimneys on La Demande

There's no looking back after this one.
A full on 5 day multi pitch immersion in the heart of the Canyon taking in some great classics and culminating with one of europe's greatest rock climbs, the 400m 'La Demande' An unforgettable week of climbing that'll really whip you into shape!

Guide/Client Ratio – maximum 1:2.

Required fitness level:
Excellent general endurance and confidence seconding 6a outdoors.
Some prior multi pitch pitch experience is needed though an introductory first day will also review essential rope skills.

1:1 Guide/Client Ratio – 1200 euros
1:2 Guide/Client Ratio - 900 euros

This is a bespoke programme that I will be running May through June and September through October 2012. Please contact me to discuss your specific dates.

Beginners Multi – Pitch – 5 Days

Learn safe and efficient systems for evolving on bolted multi pitch terrain in the fabulous Verdon.
An intensive 5 day course to take you from single to multi pitch sport climbing autonomy.
Aimed at those new to multi pitch but with single pitch outdoor experience and the ability to second up to 5c.

1:1 Guide/Client Ratio – 900 euros
1: 2 Guide/Client Ratio – 600 euros

I will be running this bespoke programme May through June and September through October 2012. Please contact me to discuss specific dates.

Trad Verdon – 5 Days

ULA to Les Enrages!

Photo: Large cam placement on Orni A journey back in time. Although increasingly esoteric on limestone it is still possible to experience climbing in the Verdon as it was 30 years ago!
A programme of climbing on the great crack systems of the Gorge and exploring the whole range of traditional removable protection devices.
This advanced trip is aimed at those wishing to immerse themselves in a world of Cams, Hexentrics, and Nuts.

Required Skill Level:
The ability to second 6b outdoors.

1:1 Client/Guide Ratio – 1200 euros.

Indoor to Outdoor Sportclimbing – 3 Days

An introduction to climbing outdoors for beginners and indoor climbers who wish to develop solid skills and discover climbing on real rock.
Visiting well equipped sportclimbing venues in and around the magnificent setting of the Verdon Gorge, this is the ultimate outdoor climbing baptism!

600 euros in a maximum group of 1:4 Guide/Client ratio.

Verdon Orientation Tour – 1 Day

First visit to the Verdon? Searching for those rappel anchors? Not sure where to start?
Aimed at independent/autonomous teams of 2 or more on their first visit to the gorge, this is a bespoke and in depth guided Beta tour of the Canyon to get you climbing and negotiating this complex terrain as expertly and safely as the locals!

  • Bespoke
  • Route hitlist adapted to objectives and ability...
  • Different sectors, and their orientation...
  • Access points – rappel and/or on foot.
  • Escape routes..
  • Emergency bivvy caves...
150 euros

Advanced Sport Climber / Sportclimbing + – 5 Days

Break on through to the next grade!
An intense and demanding lead course for those intent on improving their lead head and redpoint skills above gear on well bolted sport crags in Verdon and the surrounding area.
Much of the week will be spent systematically working routes at and above our onsight limit, clocking up 'air miles' and expanding our comfort zone on lead.
We'll do a lot of falling practice, starting very gently on toprope and gradually develop from this to taking real leader falls.
Finally we'll put it all into practice working a project right 'out there' on the big L'Escales cliff itself.
Under my close and careful supervision you will learn to push your limits on lead, demystify the leader fall, and belay correctly.

2:1 Client/Guide ratio, allowing me to be out of the system and coach from the sidelines.
Following you closely on an independent fixed rope, you will have increased confidence, in the knowledge that if necessary I can quickly intervene to help.
If you've always believed in the mantra "The leader must not fall", I can help you to overcome this response and make your climbing grow.

Required skill level:
6a outdoors. 6b indoors.

Skills covered:

  • Learning to fall and belay safely.

  • Mental approach and Tactics.

  • Ropework and correct use of equipment.

  • Redpoint Strategy.

1:2 Guide/Client Ratio – 600 euros/person