Guided Adventure in the Verdon Gorge

Connor Byrne - Eperon Sublime

Posted on 2011-08-29 - filed under testimonials

I first saw the Verdon Gorge a couple of years ago and I wanted to climb it.  My outdoor experience was a little limited to a couple of weeks in Wales, a couple of weeks in Spain and a few days locally but with plenty of plastic for rainy days. We were returning in 2011, August, I knew it would be hot for climbing but did not care.  

As I am only 15 Alan suggested meeting in the bar/cafe the evening before for a chat, and put my parents at ease.  The morning of the first day started with the awesome 200m abseil of Luna Bong, I have never seen a 200m long rope before! The abseil goes into freespace and was very exhilarating, I would love to do it again. We climbed Poignee de Gros Lards, a good route to get to know each others climbing styles and a feel for the rock.  

After a quick pit stop for more water in Verdon Sur Palud village fountain.  We then did Echo Logique to finish the day in the shade.  The next day started early with some faboulous mist in the gorge.  

Another go on that massive 200m rope to abseil in, then the big mulipitch climbing I had come here for...Alan had chosed me Eperon Sublime 7 pitches and 280metres of climbing, I remembers this as lots of fun, it was great to be out in the open, with lots of exposure and the view was just huge, the vultures at first suprised me as they appeared out of nowhere, I have never been that close to a vultures before and it was admazing to see them soring around. 

The climbing was just right for me, it was a great holiday treat, I felt safe with Alan as my guide and hope to go back soon and hit some harder longer routes.  Alan had been very clever with Eperon Sublime as some of this could be watched from a viewpoint from the road above which even kept my parents entertained, and gave them photo oportunities. 
I hope to go back soon and try some longer harder routes. 
Connor Byrne (Lancashire UK)

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