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Trous Secs

First ascent: M. Suhubiette, 1985
By: Alessandro Vianello
Area: Provence Alps and pre-Alps, Group: Verdon Gorge, Peak: Gorges du Verdon, Height: 1000m, Country: France, Region: Haute-Provence

Trous Secs is a pleasant route up pockets and "gouttes d'eau". The 6c crux pitch is technical and ascends a series of small holds with poor footholds. The final pitch is somewhat polished.

GETTING THERE

From the north: take the A6 motoway to Avignon and take the N100 for Apt, then Manosque and Riez. From here take the D56 to Moustiers, and continue along the D952 to La Palud.

From the south: from Nice take the N85 to Castellane, and continue along the D952 for La Palud. Shortly before entering the village turn left along the D23, the panoramic Route des Cretes, which leads to the Belvedere de la Carelle lookout and the routes.

ACCESS

Park the car at the Belvedere de la Carelle and follow the path through the shrub. Abseil down the route.

ROUTE

P1: 6a
P2: 6c
P3: 6b
P4: 6b
P5: 6a

GEAR

Two 60/70m ropes are indespensable. Bring 2 prussik loops for the abseils and 12 quickdraws.

MAPS/BIBLIOGRAPHY

"Escalade au Verdon" by P. Légier, F. Ristori and A. Jamin

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Spring and autumn. The Gorges du Verdon are situated on a plateau at almost 1000m: summer can oftern be too hot, while from October onwards it may be too cold to climb.

DIFFICULTY

6c

FACE

South

LENGTH

110m

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