The rock climbing at Buoux is situated over the river Aiguebrun in a beautiful gorge not far from the town of Apt in southern France. In the 80’s Buoux was synonymous with top quality sport climbing where the standards were constantly being pushed. The rock climbing here is still very popular today; especially now the access issues have been resolved.
The routes at Buoux range from 35m up to 100m long (3-pitches) on vertical or overhanging rock. The climbing is on a mixture of limestone and sandstone rock and offers technical climbing, short roofs, and steep overhangs, all with lots and lots of pockets. At Buoux there are around 450 well-bolted sport routes that range from F5 to F8’s with enough routes to have a superb rock climbing holiday, whatever grade you climb at.
The best time to visit Buoux to go rock climbing is the autumn and spring, though the winter is also good if not a little cold at times. In the summer it is just too hot and is best avoided.
The majority of rock climbers base themselves Apt or Bonnieux, where there are several campsite, gites and hotels.
Flying into Grenoble, Nimes, or Marseille airports are several low cost airlines; with the travel time to Buoux no more than one and a half hours. Buoux is located to the east of Avignon and north of Aix-en-Provence and Marseille.
Click on the thumb nails above to view a larger image of the excellent rock climbing found at Buoux.All of these photographs appear in the Rockfax guidebook called France Haute Provence, which describes the sport climbing at Buoux
The France Haute Provence guidebook by Rockfax, describes the rock climbing at Buoux.
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