SAINTE VICTOIRE


Renowned for high-quality, sun-bathed face-climbing, Sainte Victoire has been a forcing ground for climbers in the Aix area for generations. They pushed the standards of free-climbing up these near-blank faces to stratospheric levels; the occasional Brits who called in to sample the delights of the area were well impressed. When the time came to upgrade the fixed gear on the cliff, consultation with many of the first ascensionists led to the decision to rebolt the routes but to retain their original feel' This sparse bolting remains a notable feature of the area, arrive with your bold head on and consider starting at a lower level than back home. A small rack of wires might be worth considering.
The cliffs are criss-crossed with a great selection of climbs, both single and multi-pitch, pretty much across the grade spectrum.

Routes

178 sport routes (3c...8a+)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
or shade
Approach walk Other
Sector La Reposante
The left-most section described in the book is home to many routes. Some of the routes have upper...
39
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

20 mins

Windy
Sector Plates Dalles
An attractive area of slabs with a good set of well-bolted routes, many in the lower grades. There...
24
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

20 mins

Windy
Aiguille Bertine
This tower offers a fine selection of routes in the orange grades, a nice mixture of shortish...
23
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

20 mins

Windy
Le Grand Parcours
A Big Course indeed! Six hours up and down is a good time for an efficient team and a UK grade of...
1
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

20 mins

Windy
Sector Super Medius
The show-piece of the crag has a set of desperate face routes and the occasional easier line...
40
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

15 mins

Windy
Sector G.T.M.
A good set of routes on an impressively-smooth, pear-shaped buttress. The central routes are the...
11
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

15 mins

Windy
Aiguille des Gatz'Arts
A fine peak.
1
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

25 mins

Windy
Sector Nino Ferrer
The latest section of the cliff hereabouts to be developed, the routes are pleasant, if...
9
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

15 mins

Windy
Sector Le Labo
A set of short and quite tough routes with a bit of a mishmash of bolts. A place to get plenty done...
24
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

15 mins

Windy
Sector Totem et Tabou
A pleasant collection of slabby routes up and right from the other sectors.
7
Sport
No sun
Uphill

15 mins

Windy
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