The Cote d’Azur area of southern France offers a great variety of climbing in some stunning situations. This includes the magnificent Verdon Gorge with its committing approaches, and the sea cliffs of Calanques near Marseille. There are numerous multi-pitch crags such as Sainte Victoire (near Aix en Provence) and Massif del’Esterel (near Frejus). Toulon is known as the sunniest city in France where you will find a number of great crags dotted around the city. Add in the popular winter venue of Chateauvert, the less well known crag at Chateaudouble, plus crags around Nice and Monaco, this area has an amazing amount of climbing to offer.
The Rockfax Cote d’Azur guidebook has just been re-published and it covers all of these areas. It describes over 2,700 routes that are shown on clear, colour photo topos we now expect from a Rockfax guidebook. There is something for everyone with 299 routes below F4c, 1,061 between F5a and F6a+, 799 routes between F6b and F7a, plus 555 routes at F7a+ and above.
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Paklenica is the best place to go climbing in Croatia, and is known as a top European climbing area for its multi-pitch routes. Paklenica has everything from single pitch sport routes to multi-pitch routes up to 350m long (sport and trad), on solid limestone rock. There are routes to suit climbers of all abilities and they all have easy access with the walk in from the car varying from 1 to 45 minutes. Anica kuk is home to many classic multi-pitch routes that have been attracting climbers from all over the world. These routes are up to 350m long, across all grades, with a simple walk off from the top back to the car.
The new Paklenica rock climbing guidebook has just been fully revised and re-printed. It now covers 590 routes, an increase of over 200 routes than the previous edition. All the routes are shown on colour photo topos, and most of the multi-pitch routes have an additional topo diagram. Published in February 2017 the text is in Croatian, German, Italian, Slovenian and English throughout.
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Paklenica is also a great place to go walking and hiking. The landscape varies from limestone gorges, pine forests and Alpine meadows. The Paklenica walking map details many marked hiking trails. These vary from circular day hikes, or by using the Planinarski Dom mountain hut you can explore more demanding hikes along the Velebit ridge.
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