Avg: 3.2 from 5 votes
|Type:||Sport, 400 ft, 5 pitches|
|FA:||Joseph Bouisson, Paul Guerin, Maurice Samuel, Felix Soleil, 1939|
|Page Views:||784 total · 14/month|
|Shared By:||Gini Kramer on Nov 6, 2013|
|Admins:||Euan Cameron, Luc-514|
Saphir ascends a long ridge just to the right of the Petite Aiguille. Its five pitches range from 5.6 to 5.9 (according to the chart in the Rockfax book about the Côte d'Azur). The climbing is generally moderate and varied. The decidedly alpine second pitch can be done in two pitches. The next to last pitch is definitely the crux, because it's so polished. But with a little care, it can be handled. Be forewarned, Saphir can get really crowded. So you may find yourself passing or being passed by other parties. Just be patient and deal with it.
When you reach the top of the climb, a short walk that involves some scrambling will lead you to the plateau above. From there, you can turn right and follow a gully back down to the beach. Or turn left and follow the blue trail back to the parking area at the Col de Gardiole.