Climbing In The Haute Provence
The Haute Provence has some of the best concentration of high quality crags that France has to offer, such as Boux, Ceuse, Verdon & Orpierre. With both single and multi-pitch sport climbing, year round climbing and some of the best sport climbing crags in France, the Haute Provence is a fantastic destination for any climber.
With 9 different sectors and over 300 routes, Orpierre is an area that will always offer you something new as it would be impossible to do everything in just one trip. Projects and goals for climbers can be set here and with sunshine for around 300 days of the year, you are almost guaranteed to catch some rays.
The charming medieval village with its winding streets and characteristic houses is one of France’s best known and most popular climbing areas and has attracted large numbers of climbers from all over Europe for the past 20 years. Situated in the foothills of the Southern Alps, the town benefits from a strange mix of Alpine and Mediterranean influences, both climatic and cultural.
Orpierre has a lot to offer with varied climbing from easy slabs to hard overhangs, grades from 4 to 8c , and routes from 10 to 180 metres long. The climbing surrounds the town with no sector more than a 25 minute walk from either of the 3 main parking areas. The bolting has been funded by the village and placed by local guides and is therefore of excellent standard and thankfully never too far apart – there always seems to be a bolt where you want one in Orpierre! It is therefore also a very good location for learning how to lead climb.
The accommodation here comprises of a self-catering holiday home. The gite is situated near the medieval village of Orpierre, and is only a short drive away from many different climbing areas. There is a restaurant and café within walking distance from the gite.
When To Climb
The climbing season in Haute Provence runs from April through to October.
Your instructor for this Sport Climbing Holiday in Orpierre is Jude Spancken. Jude is passionate about rock climbing and equally enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge through teaching. Jude did her rock guiding education in France, and holds the French ‘BEES Escalade’ qualification.
Watch Jude climb Lord of the Flies (E6 6A).
Flights & Transfers
Fly into Marseille Airport, France.
We offer one free transfer to your accommodation (which will be the start date of your holiday – normally a Saturday) which departs from Marseille Airport at 2.00pm latest. To take advantage of this service, and in order to minimize waiting times, please aim for midday arrivals.
On departure day (the end date of your holiday - normally a Saturday) we offer one free transfer to Marseille Airportwhich departs the accommodation around 9.00am. We therefore suggest to aim for early afternoon departures.
If you wish to travel to the accommodation independently, or if you can't buy a flight within these hours, transfers may be arranged, subject to availability, on alternative days/times. Contact us for more information.
The transfer time from Marseille to Orpierre is approximately 2 hours.
Type Of Climbing:
- Great for grade 4 and above
- Inland climbing
- Sport climbing
- Single pitch
- Multi-pitch available
- TOP DESTINATION
- Fly to Marseille
- Over 2000 routes in Haute Provence
- Over 300 routes in Orpierre
- Transfer time: 2 hours
- 5 days guided climbing
- 7 nights accommodation
- Airport transfers (Conditions apply)
- Transport to/from the crags
- Photos of your trip
- Group discounts
- Maximum ratio is 1:6
- Toprope vs Lead Belaying
- Clipping Practice
- Rope Awareness
- Threading Anchors
- How to Climb Efficiently
- Improve your Climbing Technique
Thanks for a brilliant week…
12th May 2016
Gorgeous place. Lots of choice of routes, lovely weather…
15th May 2016
This was my 4th time as a solo female traveller with Rock and Sun…
11th October 2016
For this rock climbing holiday we recommend that you have your own:
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