Altitude 567m a.s.l
The new kid's parcours on the Via Ferrata at Buis les Baronnies. © Enty
Dominating the skyline above Buis-les-Baronnies, Saint Julien is an enormous fin of rock that simply begs to be climbed. The routes are, with a few exceptions, brilliant, often taking strong natural lines in two or more pitches, to reach the ridge. Saint Julien is particularly appealing to climbers operating between 5 and 6b, though there are a number of excellent harder routes that pick their way up to smooth vertical faces.
The cliff is south-facing, and gets plenty of sun. On windy days being on the top of the cliff can feel like you're in the middle of a hurricane, even though the base may be quite sheltered.
The crag is approached from Buis-les Baronnies. At the north end of the town, cross the green bridge over the river and turn left, then take the first right past the campground and swimming pool. Follow the road towards the crag, the north face of which is in plain view. There is a small parking area with a climbing information board on the right-hand side of the road just before a sharp turn. From here, cross the road and follow a trail up towards the crag. Occasionally the trail joins a much larger track, but it soon leads off again on the left. All areas can be accessed by following vague trails at the base of the cliff. Although there are big tracks that also make their way to the base, there is no access right to them, so please stick to the trail.
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