La Saphir

3 Stars

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1) 4c, 2) 2, 3) 4a, 4) 5a, 5) 3+. A classic up the long ridge gives Alpine-style climbing by the seaside. Popular and polished, but it doesn't spoil the experience. It can make a great end to a long day if you walk back home along the plateau at the top. Start up the polished wall in the gap behind the Petite Aiguille. Continue along the ridge in 1 or 2 pitches to a belay on a block below the upper wall. Take the well-climbed line up this in 2 or 3 pitches.


Three good pitches, p1 (very polished, good training for Stoney Middleton or parts of Avon Gorge) well bolted. The final tower above the easy arete is excellent, steep, enjyable but felt tough for a 5. Bolts a bit spaced but adequate unless close to your limit. Walk back to the car at the col from top of route is a long way when hot and tired - save some water.
Trevor Langhorne - 09/May/11

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