Sam Hamer – Summer in France

Well, I have just returned back from another amazing Euro trip to the south of France. It sounds crazy to think that we were out there for 5 weeks as it just went so quickly!  Three of us headed out that way in our van and we met a load of friends while we were out there.

So we spent the majority of the time in this huge gorge just north of Nice called the Gorge du Loup and most of this time was spent climbing at the world famous Deverse sector. It was an incredible place to climb with some of the steepest and hardest routes in the world all packed into this one cliff! Tuffa’s and chipped pockets was the name of the game here. So yeh, a pretty wicked place to be if you like that kind of stuff. So during the time we were there, some fairly amazing sends went down from a lot of people, including three 9a’s by some Euro beasts!! It was a pretty hard place to get used to as everything was just soooo hard! I found the style of the climbing there pretty tough and didn’t quite get the sends that I was hoping for from the trip but still managed some stunners.

Highlights of the gorge were sending the classic of the cliff Deverse Satanique 8a, as well as Cascade 8a, Sika 8a, Arrow head 8a, Welcome to the jungle 8a and Quassai 8a+.

I also managed to flash and onsight a load of great routes up to 7c+ as well as a flash of a short bouldery 8a.

The last week we needed a change, so headed across to Chatauverte near Aix and did some awesome 40metre pump fests as well as a few bouldery offerings. It was a tad warm but a great place to unwind and finish the trip off. The top routes I did there were Bill boullette 8a, Le Diktateur 7c+ and Alexandre du blocos 7c+.

All in all a great trip was had with over 50 routes climbed on amazing cliffs in a beautiful area of southern France. It did get fairly stressful at times but we had some pretty rad times as well! Bring on the next trip hey!

Right time to get back into training for the next trip!!  Also looking forward to getting stuck into some trad projects on the Grit!