Our first view of Luc de St. Croix near the Verdon Gorge
Huge walls entering the Verdon Gorge
The grand view of the lake from the highway that drives through the gorge. We would later go swimming and cliff jumping near the bridge.
The Verdon is sometimes called the Grand Canyon of France. It's mighty impressive indeed but nowhere near as large nor as deep as the Grand Canyon. Nice try, France.
We were driving along the north rim looking across the south rim. Lots of unclimbed rock over there.
The view looking west with the river below.
Scenic overlook near the second switchback, Secteur Belvedere de la Carelle. We climbed two “lower-in” routes just below this point where you must lower down into the canyon, pull your rope and climb out.
Allison rappeling in for our first route in the Verdon, a 5.9 called “Tarpet Farceur”
Looking down the route
This route is totally “Hollywood”. Lots of onlookers taking photos.
Finishing up on our second route at Verdon, the second pitch of “Public au Face”, 5.9-, at Secteur Belvedere de la Carelle
Allison tops out as the gallery looks on and, later, appluaded.
Panoramic shot of the start of the gorge near Secteur Belvedere de la Carelle where we climbed
The town of Palud is the north rim's main town. It has streets so narrow that they have stoplights at each entrance to town (4) and only direction of traffic can go through town at any given time.
View from Point Sublime
Heavy traffic down by the river
We sustained a flat so I donned the requisite neon yellow vest and got to work.
A job well done!
That's right, a Huyndai vest. I know you're jealous.
Swimming time down at the Luc de St. Croix. It was jammed pack with people on holiday (August is THE month that most Frenchies take off for vacation). You can rent boats and paddle up into the Verdon Gorge from here.
There was some prime cliff jumping to be had and I love to do gainers off of cliffs into water...
Allison jumping in from a smaller cliff
Once I got comfortable with the nearly 40 foot jump, I could lay out some backflips into the cool, blue water.