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amanda


Mar 18, 2005, 12:41 AM
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Verdon question...  (Europe: France: 09-_Provence__Alps_and_Forealps__and_C_te-d_Azur: Les_Gorges_du_Verdon)
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I will be in the Verdon mid April and want to climb La Démande. What kind of gear will I need? I am planning on buying the guide book but do not want to put a whole rack on the plane and only use a few pieces. Any info/recommendations would be appreciated.


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Mar 18, 2005, 1:36 AM
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Not been there myself but have been climbing in France and also had a squiz at the verdon guide and i don't get the impression gear is required. The bolts are apparently kinda spaced and you want to be doing well on at least 6a's before you go. Some wires might be useful between bolts perhpas. Check out www.ukclimbing.com and do a search on verdon and see what the posts say.


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Not been there myself but have been climbing in France and also had a squiz at the verdon guide and i don't get the impression gear is required. The bolts are apparently kinda spaced and you want to be doing well on at least 6a's before you go. Some wires might be useful between bolts perhpas. Check out www.ukclimbing.com and do a search on verdon and see what the posts say.


tuna


Mar 18, 2005, 2:52 AM
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Boy have you picked a long and really awesome looking route to climb.
The guide book says 320 meters about 6 hours worth.
It has some bolts but it was first done in 1968 so not sure about the quality of the anchors. Think it was rebolted in 1989.
Says to bring a good set of nuts since there will only be bolts at places where natural gear cannot be placed.
Yep looks like a sustained 6a route with hand and chimney cracks with some slab I believe at the bottom.
Access is by rapping down two routes and walking to the base.

For a good place to stay check out www.gitedechasteuil.com
Really nice and there are some routes within walking distance.

Good Luck


amanda


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Thanks for the tips and good websites.


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