Guided Adventure in the Verdon Gorge

'Via Mathis'

Posted on 2014-04-26 - filed under routes

Andrew sumitting 'Via Mathis' in fading light

"Via Mathis" is a recent and very long new route here in the Verdon.
An awesome sustained 14 pitch long 'tour de force' with difficulties up to 7c, and an insane 30m long natural rock tunnel ('the Vulture tunnel') that passes from the west to the east face of the 400m cliff face. This pitch is unique and hilarious and involves crawling on all fours!
It is a masterpiece of routefinding and a tribute to the genius and hard work of its creator Lionel Catsoyannis, with Eric Chavire. Merci Lionel!! What a wonderful contribution to the Verdon.

Here yesterday with Andrew Bisharat on a complete and onsight ascent.

Feeling worked this morning!

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