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Adieu Zidane

First ascent: Bruno Clement, 2002
By: Davide Crescenzio, Mountain Guide
Area: Provence Alps and pre-Alps, Group: Verdon Gorge, Peak: Gorges du Verdon, Height: 1000m, Country: France, Region: Haute-Provence

Pleasant 100m climb located in the Zidane sector on the final outcrop of the Verdon Gorge, with great view onto Lac de Sainte-Croix. The route weaves its way past a series of overhangs in search of the weakest line up the face. Equipped in 2002 by Bruno Clement, Adieu Zidane is highly recommended for anyone new to multi-pitches and the Verdon.

GETTING THERE

From La Palud take the D952 north towards Moustiers. Before catching sight of Lake Sainte Croix drive past a roadman's house on the left (located opposite the waterfall) and after circa 1km park on the left at the viewpoint (Belvedere di Galetas) from where you can admire the lake and the bridge which crosses the Verdon river.

ACCESS

From the car park follow the track rightwards to the abseil station. Three abseils (30m, 50m, 30m) lead to the base of the route. The second 50m abseil is an exciting rap down into the void.

ROUTE

From the end of the abseil follow the bolts up right, 5 pitches perfectly bolted, twin-bolt belays. Excellent quality rock. The route follows a logical line past the overhangs with a long traverse on the 4th pitch.

P1: 5c+
P2: 6a
P3: 5c+
P4: 6a+
P5: 6a

GEAR

12 quickdraws, slings for the belays, prussiks for the abseils, helmet.

NOTES

The Verdon requires perfect abseiling technique. Never forget to tie a knot in the end of the ropes, and tie into prussik loops, prior to abseiling.

MAPS/BIBLIOGRAPHY

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

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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

6a+

FACE

West

LENGTH

100m

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