|Jerome on La Cour des Grands 7c at Entraygues|
|Me on Deltaplane man Direct 8c+ at Entraygues|
Hot potatoes are all good for a while but just a few miles up into the Queyras is a true gem, La Saume. Even before you’ve touched rock your visit will be unforgettable, the 6km of mountain track will be make sure of that. The brave will be rewarded however with long elegant lines on black and yellow limestone. The quality starts with Gazpatcho at 7a+ although make sure to limber up as it’s a strenuous one. Keep going through the 7’s until you reach Petit Danseuse at 8a a continuous pitch which is gripping right to the very end. Once these are done the central 50m black wall awaits. Here the routes are truely world class and the 50m 8b+ is one I’ll never forget. It relied less on power and more on keeping your cool right at the top. This was something I couldn’t do on my flash as I dropped it with the chains in front of my eyes! Just next to the big wall is ‘the cave’ which has a selection of good bouldery routes. Tiens bon la rampe 8a+ is my favourite as it’s such a striking line. First time I saw it I was like ‘wow that looks cool’.
|Louis (board lord) on Saume sweet home at La Saume|
Just down the valley from Entraygues is the crags of Tournoux and Grand Bois. These both have long technical routes with the best views I’ve ever had from a crag. Make sure to trek all the way to the top sector at Tournoux where the sectors La ruee vers l’or and Loups Hurlant await. La ruee vers l’or has lots of top notch 7’s to enjoy whereas Loups Hurlant the quality starts in the 8’s. At Grand Bois Les boeufs rouges is the sector to visit with epic long routes to go at. Diaclase is a must with burly crack climbing all the way up to the chains at 35m!
|Me on Deltaplane Man Direct 8c+ at Entraygues|
In summer, there isn’t many places to go where you can enjoy cool temperatures and European style routes. Spending a whole summer around Briancon was a perfect solution. The climbing was super varied and we didn’t even visit all the crags in the area so we might have to make another visit!
|Me on Une Arquee pour le criquet 8c at Roches des Brumes|