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2.EuRoP 2016 > The Alpilles

June 18, 2016

SMALL TOUR OF HORIZON ...

An hour's drive from Marseille and we are at the center of the golden triangle of the Alpilles: Les Baux-de-Provence!
With its medieval castle cut directly into the limestone rock of the massif, it is a place rich in history, culminating in the Crau region and where the view is spectacular! An area of steep climb exists in these majestic places under the name of Dysneyland. We make a brief stop here to purge a little of the freshly equipped tracks as well as our arms.

 

 

 

After a rather unusual visit of the sites (petanque and urban climbing at night in the castle), we focus our attention on the cliffs that adorn this geological monument and we set our sights on the precious rock bar of the Lèque located a few kilometers away Better known by the name of the neighboring city:

 

FONTVIEILLE

DISCREET BUT COMPLETE ...

 

Indeed this timid cliff of the Lèque offers a great diversity of type of climbing. Hidden by the hazardous valleys of the Alpilles chain, the surprise is astonishing when you reach the foot of the tracks. No less than 100 equipped lanes allow the amateur or seasoned climber to traverse vertically the fantastic curves of the rock, scattered over the different sectors. Honeycombs, molasses slope, compact limestone slabs, cracks, scales, stuck blocks ... everything here has been studied to make climbing as fun as possible and in all levels of difficulty. Enough to exhilarate our appetite for gluttonous climbers.

 

 

 

 

 

A L'ASSAUT !

 

A well-sent breakfast on our advanced base camp and we pace the awfully long approach : 5 minutes! It is along the foot of the cliff that we gradually discover the sectors and the number of track projects becomes exponential over the meters traveled ... It would take us more than a week to try all the lines On which we have just drool. We therefore stop at the superb sector of the "leaning block" to start this marathon of ascents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anthony dans "Mi-figue, mi raisin" / 7a+      

 

 

Cédric dans l'incroyable "Tableau Noir" / 5c      

 

 

 

MATE TIME !

With the Argentine presence in the team, we integrate in our daily life the continuous absorption of this beverage called "Maté". Traditional South American beverage, prepared by infusing leaves of matted grass with warm water. Mate is a stimulant rich in caffeine, it improves the reactivity and the capacities of concentration and it seems that its consumption in the long term brings several beneficial effects on the health. It is drunk with a "bombilla" (metallic straw) which filters the hot water through a cup filled with this famous mate herb. The taste is unanimous! The one who tries for the first time will always say the same thing: "But it's disgusting!"

 

It is only after the ingestion of many mate that one discovers its taste subtly bitter, neutral, close to that of the hay. The ritualistic aspect of the sharing of the maté makes us pass quickly from the stage of ignorant to that of the addict and it is from that moment that it is imperative that the mouth of mate hardly descended from its flight.

 

 

 

 

It is only after the ingestion of many mate that one discovers its taste subtly bitter, neutral, close to that of the hay. The ritualistic aspect of the sharing of the maté makes us pass quickly from the stage of ignorant to that of the addict and it is from that moment that it is imperative that the mouth of mate hardly descended from its flight.

 

 

The climb to the valley of the Lèque will leave emotional aftereffects to the valorous who came to explore it. 2 days of battle in this mythical spot with the climbs as breathtaking as delicious, were enough to make us want to return. But the list of the program is long and we do not linger any more because our next target is a little further north:

 

VENASQUE

NO ARMS, NO CHOCOLATE (french proverb) !
When we reach Venasque from the south, the first question that comes to us is: "Where are the cliffs?" Both the site is wooded, it is difficult to discern the rock. Then one quickly realizes that it is present everywhere and displays unusual reliefs such as its architectural stacking flat plates with disconcerting over-hanging! Depending on the area, rocky structures almost give the impression that they were built by builders. The type of rock is identical to that of Fontvieille: molasse. Rather compact this rock offers the climbers an ideal training for the maintenance of dishes and bossettes, which will cause the hurried smoking of the fore-arms of anyone who dares to defy the severe gravity that reigns under the overhangs of Venasque. In this style is distinguished the sector of "Foot of the Ascle" or more commonly called "edge of road" because its name indicates it is located next to the parking and the access road, which In fact the climbing spot with the least approach walk to the world! that I know...

 

We go through absolutely insane paths such as "Little Mary" (6c +) or "Therapeutic Misanthropy" (7b). The slope is progressive with more or less constant trays in the shape of plate, it is playful, it is fluid, it's beautiful, in short, it is 200% KTL! But until when? The lack of training in this type of climbing quickly exhausts us but the ambient enthusiasm motivates us to persevere the fight because we foresee the visit of the sector Saint-Pierre for the next day. This is a good way to finish the warm-up for the participants of this KTL Rock trip special EuRoP 2016. One or two days of rest will not be unwanted in order to wring our muscles of lactic acid accumulated here in Venasque and finally to leave and We head towards the fabulous ....

 

CAP CANAILLE

 

 

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