/ Verdon Gorge - closure of Sentier Martel from Sept 5th 2011
Details here: http://www.alpes-haute-provence.com/randonnee-verdon/fermeture-sentier-blanc-martel-pour-travaux
Translation of the key info:
The trail is open until Sunday, September 4 inclusive.
The trail will be closed to the public from Monday, September 5, 2011 to December 31, 2011.
(the area of ​​the Couloir Samson, until Trescaïre viewpoint, will be open until Monday, September 12, 2011)
The entire trail will be open to the public from January to September 2012
Work will begin early September and end mid December.
The central part of the route (Brèche Imbert) will be closed to the public.
The upstream and downstream sectors will remain open to the public during the construction period.
FYI, I think I read on c2c that 'Ula' had recently been de-bolted. For those with this classic in their sights, they may not be aware of this.
Can't follow that well enough to tell - but I presume they haven't removed the bolts from the bottom one or two pitches. I don't recall that bit being trad protectable. The rest of the route, however, may be a little less bold, as I remember some of the bolts being a very long way apart. Glad I did it on bolts though - we almost got benighted as it was.
Do you know if this will affect access to the GR49 from just after Point Sublime? I'm trying to work out if it will affect getting to the route Tom et je Ris, via this approach:
but am struggling to work out what's what. I think this approach follows the Sentier Martel down to the river but then splits to walk up the other side - any idea if this section will be accessible?
Thanks for any info
I can't really tell if that affests your approach shown on the Durif website however, I think you can approach T&J from the other side of the valley regardless (although if you're hoping to live La Palud side this isn't a short drive!).
Can you still walk through the first two tunnels to Paroi Rouge?
Bollocks! That's my autumn projects doomed!!
You would be able to ab in down the Dalles Grises, then down right two the two that lead to the base of ULA. Five min max to the base of the Demande from there.
The least scary of the abseil pistes on the crag (imho), while not as much fun as the tunnel approach you do at least end up back at your car (if you have one)
Thanks for that, always good to have local experts and their knowledge on hand.
I posed a question to Alan Carne regarding the debolting which he kindly answered, I repost the gist for the wider benefit of the UK massive.
While Alan hasn't reclimbed the route since it was debolted, he believes the stances remain equipped, it is the protection bolts which have been removed.
A double set of cams biased towards large, and some wires are now required.
I'm off out there at the end of the month and will (based on success) provide an update.
Thanks for the info. The Pont de Tusset/Duc approach is the one we were planning on using. Is the parking you refer to the one for that walk-in?
Do you know if the approach to the T&J area from the other side is described in the newest guide? I've not got it yet as can't find it in Sheffield so was going to pick it up out there - I'm just going off the info on Durif's site at the moment which describes the walk in from the normal side. I'm not psyched on getting lost on the walk in, which sounds all too possible without a detailed approach description!
Are there shops/water on the 'other' side, close to where you'd park to walk in? We're in a van so can stay on that side if it's easier to get to the route from there..
If camping up there (which is awesome if the weather is good)you'll need to stock up on food. Water might be available in Trigance but to be sure take a jeerican. If accessing via the 'Pont de Tusset' you'll have to park somewhere on the D952 and walk down the Couloir Samson approach road to the picknick spot on the left, from where the marked path leads down to the 'Pont'.
It's an incredible route - enjoy!
...walk downstream along the path and out
However, if you make a very early start and the climbing is well within your grade range I'm sure you'll have no need to retreat off it but from personal experience again the time just seems to slip away in the gorge doing the abs, finding the start of the route, doing pitch after pitch etc.
It's a great experience though !
Ouch that doesn't sound like fun! My trainers will be in my rucksack. Past experience has taught me to keep a close eye on the clock, ha. Sounds like you had a memorable trip!
Take a head torch and some matches. The If you do have to bale, the easiest way out could be up the bottom of Pilier des Ecreuils and then up the Dalles Grises. And if you had to you could always have a night out at the bottom, lots of caves, lots of shelters. You still have to get out though.
But think positive - it ain't gonna happen!
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