Elevation: 3,130 ft
GPS: 43.326, 5.767 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Brian in SLC on Nov 16, 2020
Admins: Euan Cameron, Luc-514, David Riley
Access Issue: Seasonal raptor closures and some private land Details

Description

Sainte Baume is a long mountain massif running west from Geminos and rising to nearly 4000 feet above the Mediterranean to the south of its flanks.

Home to the Parc naturel régional de la Sainte-Baume: pnr-saintebaume.fr/

This large area is home to both small cliffs and larger terrain. Some of the shorter venues are: Pin de Simon, la Perle, Petite Galère, Gours de Bres, Cours des Miracles, Pic du Corbeau, Atome Crochu, and Royaume des Aveugles.

Additional climbing: le Bau de Bartagne (aussi appelé Bertagne), la Falaise du Défens, and la falaise des Béguines (Plan d’Aups – Nans les Pins).

A newer guidebook is ESCALADE SAINTE-BAUME édition 2020 which covers the areas of La Galère, la Cour des Miracles, Pin de Simon, les dents de Roquefourcade, les Infernets, Bertagne, les Béguines, and les Aiguilles d'Aubagne.

The area is also popular for its hiking trails, caving, and of course a pilgrimage to the Grotte Sainte-Marie Madeleine (holy cave!).

Given seasonal closures and private property, some inquiry at a local climbing shop or guide service would be prudent to understand what is open to climbing.

“A pleasant mountainous area of considerable character.” Bill Birkett – French Rock

Getting There

Access to the Sainte Baume area is mainly from the town of Gémenos just east of Aubagne (around 30km due east of Marseille). Take the D2 east.

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