Certainly an experience! 10hrs to climb.... Polished, runout, hard, superb.... Parked at couloir Samson and walked in which meant getting the car back was a chew involving a big walk! Eventually got back to it about 23:00hrs. Couldn't carry enough water really so was parched at the top. Defo don't under estimate the route, certainly more trad like. Dropped my shades on P10 in case anyone finds them at the bottom
markfairbank - Lead O/S - 03/Aug/15 with Anne Gumbley
Anne Gumbley - 2nd - 03/Aug/15 with Mark Fairbank
Hidden - AltLd - 18/May/15
Hidden - AltLd - 18/May/15
Done in 11 hours and finished just after dusk. Tried in 2014 but starting at 11am proved to be way too late and abseiled after 6th pitch. It is an adventure. Definitely carry a rack with some larger nuts/cams.
orcnys - AltLd RP - 03/May/15 with voy_all_5c
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/May/15
tatz45 - AltLd O/S - 02/May/15 with Mark Boden
'Clean onsight' as far as we got (end of pitch 8), but partner was exhausted at that point and had nothing left for the last 4 pitches so we abseiled down (and he took ages to get ready to leave the campsite in the morning). Will be back!
Chris Sansum - AltLd dnf - 21/Apr/15 with Robert Harris
A grand day out
soph - AltLd O/S - 02/Apr/15 with Dougie Swanson-Low
dswansonlow - Lead O/S - 02/Apr/15 with Sophie Whyte
alpinist63 - Apr/15
doctorgranite - AltLd - 2015
Took 10h. Really good journey up this amazing route. A trad rack (C4 0.5 to 2 + medium size nuts + slings) was put to good use.
etrillaud - AltLd O/S - 25/Oct/14
stuart34 - AltLd rpt - 18/Oct/14 with Mick
Fragmod - Lead - 05/Sep/14
James Oakes - AltLd O/S - 04/Sep/14 with Gareth Hooson
what a beauty! walked in from Samson, climbed in 7hrs so much fun!! with some scary 6a pt's
shafiq lalloo - AltLd O/S - 26/Jul/14 with jacobjacob
Finished off after bailing in a thunderstorm last year, a masterclass in chimneying!
jacobjacob - AltLd O/S - 26/Jul/14
Bit of a beast.
Bristoldave - Lead O/S - 23/Jul/14 with Caroline
Hidden - AltLd - 04/Jun/14
kelliroberts3 - AltLd - 23/May/14 with Peter Rigby
Just over 5 hours.
Graham Baxter - AltLd O/S - 16/May/14 with Alan Carne
Classic, must do, but the chimneys could be brutal for the gym climber.
walts4 - 10/May/14
Pete Rigby - AltLd - May/14 with Kelli Roberts
Forgot the trad rack so did it with a dozen quickdraws, which proved to be too many. It's more of a trad route with a few bolts in between so bring a rack. Amazing crack and chimney.
sarpedon - AltLd O/S - 18/Apr/14 with Benjamin Corbey
An excellent first introduction to multipitch climbing
BenL - AltLd O/S - 16/Apr/14 with Ryu
rjf106 - AltLd O/S - 16/Apr/14 with Ben
even better 2nd time round
stuart34 - AltLd β - 11/Apr/14 with Adam Russel
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 11/Apr/14
burto - AltLd - 11/Apr/14 with clare, malc
I led pitches 1,3,5,7,9 and 11 and Chris led 2,4,6,8,10,12 and 13. What a route!!!! It took us a total of 12 hours to climb the route which is nothing like a sport route!Both Chris and I climbed plenty of E1s and E2s and hard sport last year up to 7a onsight and this route took all we had! its a mental and physical challenge to get up the thing!DON'T UNDERESTIMATE IT!
It started to rain when i reached the top of pitch 5 which we both think was the crux and i was gutted thinking we will have to lower off! Instead we decided to push on and till rain stopped play.....it didnt and we fought our way up the wickedly exposed and poorly protected in places chimneys!As I made my way up pitch 7 and reached the first chimney section it rained for 30 minutes but didn't effect the route which was very fortunate. Chris got his sling stuck around the tree higher up and was forced to lie down on it to release his sling from underneath it! We were both drained of body and mind at the top. Mission accomplished!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
jon_gill1 - AltLd O/S - 08/Apr/14 with chris Lyness
RKirke - AltLd O/S - Apr/14 with Oli B
Brilliant. Long day. Abseiled in from dalle grise
arose - Lead - 20/Sep/13 with Hannah Francis
Brilliant but hard. Very hard. Abseiled in from dalles grises. Managed not to take rucksacks and was very glad for that but a little dehydrated. Well worth doing as long as you are aware that verdon 6a is hard...
Tightsgirl - 2nd - 20/Sep/13 with Ali Rose
Second time climbing this. Real adventure. Partner really struggled and I had to lead all the 6A pitches and chimneys at the top. Finished the last couple of pitches in the dark with head torches. Full route took a total of 13 hours but ran out of water after 5hrs. 8hrs, no water, 30 degrees, completely dehydrated. Fun
Adam Potter - AltLd - Sep/13 with Ross Black
Quality route. Took two competent 7a climbers 7.30 hours. Make sure you leave enough time
oliver.ghill91 - AltLd O/S - 09/Aug/13 with Patrick Hill
Patrick Hill - AltLd O/S - 09/Aug/13 with olly12344
Ri - Lead O/S - 25/Jun/13
led pitch 1 and 3-7 then abbed off as getting late.. down to pitch 6 then walk right to pinnacle, abbed down short slope and traversed along cliff side another ab into the Jardin .. walk through forest...then found 3 or 4 straight forward abs to valley floor. check out the local colour guide book. Did the route 12 years ago but a shame not to finish it again.
Helen Gibson - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/13 with Chris Vernon
Demanding.. great pitches and exposure. Done but far away from being really proud really.. not great style. Will have to go back and do it as it should be done :-)
Murilo Lessa - AltLd dog - 04/May/13 with Pawel Zdziarski
pawelx - Lead dog - May/13 with Murilo
amazing climb shame about the polish, got stuck in the chimney for like half an hour very stressful.
Michael Allday - AltLd - 16/Apr/13
Awesome climb, started a bit late, so was getting nervous, especially when mike got stuck in the chimmney phahaha! great adventure though, 6a sport climber would probs die on it. finished with only 30 mins of daylight left, both pretty knackered.
Bruce Houston - AltLd - Apr/13 with Mike
John Carney - Mar/13 with Adam George
First 5 pitches, Started late (1 o'clock) and leading with rucksack on made it slow got back beforeb dark.
Tom Seccombe - Lead dnf - 25/Oct/12 with Harvey
Martin Haworth - AltLd dnf - 19/Sep/12 with Andy
Complete sandbag at 6a.6a pitches ranged in difficulty from 6a+ to 6b+. Bailed out after 10 pitches. Abseiled down in the dark.....a nightmare.Don't attempt this unless you are a solid E2 climber and make sure you start earlier than we did at 11.20am!!
Andrew Sloan - AltLd dnf - 19/Sep/12 with Martin Haworth
Hidden - AltLd - 17/Jun/12
Hidden - AltLd - 16/Jun/12
Started 12:30 to get maximum shade, finished 8 hours later rather than 7 mainly due to wobbling by yours truly on pitch 2 (nasty move off belay with no gear until I jetisoned 2 litres of water and butties on Chris) and pitch 6 where very spaced bolts go straight up otherwise unprotected offwidth - OR... you go right instead, up an insecure-feeling finger crack/layback! Great route though and found exit chimneys interesting (ahem) - I back and footed to the max, (not too bad I thought) and Chris bridged bravely up to the very welcome tree.
Found most bolts with tat hanging on them low down on route where jams were required - not a favourite technique round these parts perhaps?
Unnerved by thunder sounds all day despite blue sky - probably the army trying to freak us out even more!
Cheshire Dave - AltLd - 07/Jun/12 with Chris
kiks - AltLd O/S - 04/Jun/12 with Dave
davidgent - Jun/12 with Kilian
Hidden - Jun/12
polished first pitch, but rest is just amazing, exciting positions, tricky chimneys (I found the second more difficult as fatigue set in). we were lucky enough to have the route to ourselves in May on a beautiful sun soaked day, shade arrived circa 3pm. we climbed as a three and it took the best part of 8 hours. joined a few pitches so it became 10 in total, estimated circa 400m of rope length. brilliant day out.
Robin Brooke - 2nd - May/12 with alan carne, Paula Ryan
Hidden - 2nd - 11/Apr/12
Hidden - AltLd β - 21/Mar/12
Lead pitch 2 and 4. Confused pitch numbers so fell off 6a pitch twice and lost all psyche by the 5th pitch! Still a long way to the top and the chimney pitches at the top a nightmare with bags. Finished as it got dark followed by an hour or so shivering in a lay by while Vince and Drew got lost looking for the car. Ended with a 7 mile walk out. Great day out!
Laurence Cowton - AltLd dog - 21/Mar/12 with Ed
Pryan - 2nd - 2012
Hidden - 2012
Managed 3 pitches before I committed the ultimate stupidity and dropped my belay plate. Retreated.
Tunnels ARE accessible in an emergency!
andybenham - AltLd dnf - 01/Oct/11 with Gareth Hayfield
Polish not too bad low down. Pitches are shorter than other routes we did in the gorge, but only got to p3 - see below 'stupidity' comment ;-)
Gareth - AltLd dnf - 01/Oct/11 with Andrew
michaelja - AltLd - Oct/11 with Niek
Very nice, ut very long and very very hot!
HeatherF - AltLd O/S - 06/Sep/11 with Jonny Baker
mic_b - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/11 with Heidi
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 10/Aug/11
Quite traumatic but what an experience. Just made it to the top before a huge thunderstorm. We could hear but not see what was coming towards us!
dprctr - AltLd dog - Aug/11 with Henry Jenkins
centurion05 - Jul/11 with lee wales
Started early doors but with thunder rolling. Optimistically went for it anyway. Courty got to first belay and I was almost there when the heavens opened and we had to bail.
ianjfsutcliffe - 2nd dnf - 01/Jun/11 with Courty
Only got to pitch 6, then mate fell and broke both ankles on pitch 7! So had to get rescued by the Pompiers!
Good climbing, but quite hard (sustained HVS/E1+), hot and polished. Spaced bolts, but gear inbetween. Unfinished business!
Danjones - AltLd dnf - 21/May/11 with Ollie H
Abbed off second pitch as partner not feeling the love for the route! Abbed 6 pitches down the crag to get to the bottom, prob easier to walk in!
Danjones - Lead dnf - 18/May/11 with Simon Cash
P 1 - 4, 10 - 12
stuart34 - AltLd O/S - 08/Apr/11 with Chris James
The biggest (all senses) of my climbing career so far... Huge route, full on lead pitches, overheating, hailstones, accidentally jettisoned water bottle. Biggest of all was the thunderstorm, incredibly loud and incredibly close, watched lightning explode rocks ~50 meters to our left. Still finished it, never have I been so knackered. 5 star route!
whiting.jp - AltLd O/S - Apr/11 with barra
metal arms - AltLd O/S - 06/Oct/10
Hawkscry - AltLd - Oct/10
Ran out of light 3/4 way up so desided to ab off and walk out, a story in itself !
Dave Reeve - AltLd dnf - Oct/10 with Tim Selvage
tigertim - AltLd - Oct/10 with Dave Reeve
Led all but two early pitches. Incredible climb, easily in my top routes of all time! Climbed with some very long run-outs from the beginning to get into the spirit of the climb and this seemed to be a good move as the chimney sections in particular can leave you feeling very far from protection on lead! First and fourth pitches are the main culprits for polished holds, the rest is still in pretty good condition. Parked at Sentier Martel car park (park in the layby, NOT by the wall) and walked in about 8.30ish, topped out and hitched back by around 6pm. Hot day, but you get a pretty decent amount of shade on the route. We got through 5 litres of water between us, the group behind only brought a litre! Highly recommended route, an amazing way to see the Verdon Gorge.
tom.ireson - AltLd O/S - 24/Jun/10 with Paul Jones
Hidden - AltLd - 09/Jun/10
Greg M - AltLd - 09/Jun/10 with K2
Grubes took a nasty fall and didn't feel up to continuing. Gutted...
willworkforfoodjnr - AltLd dnf - 06/Mar/10 with grubes
after taking a fall on second pitch psyche gone back off for another time
grubes - AltLd dnf - 06/Mar/10 with Chris
Only lead 2 pitches, both at the beginning. Long varied climb with some "gentlemens" climbing up the chimney.
Paul D Jones - AltLd - 2010 with Tom Ireson
Wicked route. All a bit old school!
Jake Shaw - Sep/09 with Dan
Lou Kennedy - AltLd - 12/Aug/09
Seb31 - AltLd O/S - Aug/09 with seb
Kyuzo - 02/May/09 with Juha Kaupilla
Hidden - AltLd - 23/Apr/09
greenclimb - Lead O/S - 10/Apr/09
Adam Potter - AltLd O/S - 2009 with Louise Kennedy
Seb31 - AltLd - Sep/08
Hidden - Lead dnf - Aug/08
Hidden - 2nd dog - May/08
Julian Mowbray - AltLd O/S - 30/Apr/08 with Tom
chiverstom - Lead O/S - 01/Apr/08 with Dave Turner
Hidden - 2nd - 10/Nov/07
lead all but one 5+ pitch.
jonnyboy - Lead O/S - 07/Sep/07 with Tom Baker
tomB - 06/Sep/07 with John walton
Stuart Johnston - Jun/07 with g taylor
Hidden - 2007
dave o - AltLd - 22/Oct/06 with Jon Yearsley
Lead all pitches. Proposed to my now wife on the top!
Jus - Lead - Oct/06
K1 - 2006
Hidden - AltLd - 2003
Neil Ireson - AltLd - Sep/02 with Pete M
got my helmet stuck on the chimney pitch - not very funny at the time
WB - AltLd O/S - Apr/01 with Guy
GuyM - AltLd - Apr/01 with will
Les Ross - AltLd - Jul/00 with David Millar
Led every pitch with no trad gear at all. Some pitches had only two bolts in their entire lengths. I'd never led harder than 6a /E1 at the time, and thought it ok for the grade, but my second had only been taken up VS before, yet never came off and showed me up for enthusiasm and energy. Legend, Ollie. 10 hours though. What a milestone.
Just Another Dave - Lead O/S - Jun/98 with Ollie Cule
dan gibson - AltLd O/S - Sep/97
Topped out in the dark, 10k walk back to the car
Daniel Wrightson - Lead O/S - Mar/96 with Olivia Horner
Top pitch only
timreynolds - Lead - 16/Aug/95
Hidden - Lead O/S - May/92
ChrisJD - AltLd - Apr/90 with Alex
mark mcgowan01 - 1989
Near death experience with a falling belay ledge
scree - Aug/86 with Adi the dentist
andy gittins - 1986
Led almost all of the route and didnt have any info on it. Brian, a watersport enthusiast at the time, decided he wanted to try a lead - the next pitch happened to be the chimney pitch which at the time had only an occasional piton for protection.He huffed and puffed a bit but did all right on this, one of his early leads.Good effort
uphillnow - AltLd O/S - 26/Jun/85 with Brian barker
Gerard DANTEC - Lead - Apr/85 with Denis LEROY
Robmwatt - Lead - 1985
johno072 - Lead - 1985
Nigel Coe - AltLd - Apr/84 with Pete Oxley
Mike Owen - 23/Aug/83 with Elaine Owen
Nigel Bond - AltLd - 09/May/83 with Charlie Leverton
Nic Robinson - AltLd O/S - 27/Jul/82 with Irish George
TonyF - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/82 with Anthony
Colin took his shoes off on a ledge half way up the route. Mistake! The day had become so warm that he had great difficulty replacing the shoes on heat-swolen feet. I've got a great slide (somewhere) of Colin following with a daysac dangling on a long from his harness as he briged up a corner with the river waaaay below. Happy days!
Falko - Lead - 1982 with Colin Armstrong
keefe - Aug/81
Hidden - Lead - 1981
Mark Kemball - AltLd - Sep/80
Hidden - AltLd - 31/Aug/80
Hidden - 2nd - Jul/80
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Apr/80
Hidden - AltLd - 1980