Climbing in Provence

During Spring Break, March 15 - 21, 2009, we visited our daughter Andrea and her husband Tom in beautiful Provence. In between visits to vineyards, we went climbing at Chateau Vert (Sunday), Orpierre (Tuesday and Wednesday), Volx (Thursday) and Buoux (Friday and Saturday). Here some climbing pictures I took at Orpierre, on the Chateua formation and at Quiquillon.
Tom leading
Roger following
Andrea starting up some overhanging nightmare
Chalking up
Higher up
Andrea flagging
higher still
near the top
The rappel

Tom leading pitch 1
Andrea at the start
Andrea at the top of pitch 1
Tom following pitch 2
Andrea at the top of pitch 5

Both of these formations are a short walk from the charming medieval village of Orpierre. The climbs on the Chateau are mostly one or two pitches, while those on Quiquillon are much longer. The one we climbed, "Africa", was five pitches, mostly 5b, with a spectacular 5c last pitch culminating in an overhanging headwall. The climbs at Orpierre tend to be very friendly, the bolts perhaps a bit too tightly spaced.

This page was last updated on March 26, 2009.