Big sunshine – back to Verdon

The last couple of days at Chateauvert were sweltering and it was time to head for the hills again. Jim and Jane had also abandoned camp for a respite and we all agreed to reconvene at La Palud.

Jim had “just the route” for a fun half-day. L’Ange en Decomposition. Rockfax says:

1) 6c, 2) 7a, 3) 6a+. Thrilling and exposed climbing on the gently overhanging pillar. A legendary route giving awesome climbing!

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It certainly lived up to the hype. Tough for the grade with the occasional polished foothold and quite a distance between the bolts. Having rapped in and pulled the ropes, there’s quite a feeling of commitment, and I was pretty relieved to reach the top of the 7a pitch, and not too disappointed to have taken a couple of rests and used some jiggery pokery to make a clip. It certainly didn’t detract from the adventure in this amazing vertical playground – one we had almost to ourselves at the end of the day, apart from the circling vultures and three BASE jumpers, who popped their chutes just below us. Now that’s what I call REALLY SCARY!

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