Châteauvert, that bastion of loveliness, the leafy warmth that draws us back. We have a soft spot for the area due to the abundance of overhanging routes, even in the low grades. Especially in the low grades; a plethora of big jugs in steep rock on many lower graded routes makes for super-fun, swing-tastic climbing. The holds are polished - development began in the '60's - but the positive pocketiness and a tonne of chalk make up for the slipperiness.
Halfway up the pocketed awesomeness of Jasmine in sector Alex, SO MUCH FUN!!!
On our third and final jolly we were accompanied by Lea, Alex and Roman, all typically strong, laidback French climbers. Big-boy-balls at the ready, we climbed on the Grand Face, a shaded amphitheater of long, long, long, long, pumpy, pumpy, pumpy... Yeah, the climbing here is very sustained, you have to fight for it, particularly if you are bouldering orientated (or for the less terminologically geeky, we were bloody knackered after the first 5m). We learnt the French word for lead 'dogging', that is 'saucisson', and used this plenty - Amber is fast becoming an expert in this art. She dogged up two 38m powerhouses, Arielle (6b) and another newer route, Habitus (6b+), and was supremely chuffed. Sam flashed these, and then followed the others up the 28m super-jugasaurus Les Frontiers du Neant (7a) on the first go.
Awesome finish and hugely inspiring to climb with the others. Have to finish this post here, 'cus Sam guffed. Ciao.