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Jeremy

Social climber
Albuquerque, NM
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 20, 2012 - 11:48am PT
So this is the deal...gonna be there for 10 days mostly in or around Nice. Not really a climbing trip (will hit Font :-).

Looking for cool stuff...bouldering...swimming...food...hikes...museums...weird sh#t...booze...dws...food...

We will have a car.

Lay it on me people!

WOO HOO!!!

Jeremy
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 20, 2012 - 11:57am PT
Go see a French bullfight in Nimes-kind of whoosified compared to Spain but
more politically correct.



I wouldn't miss at least a day in the Camargue south of Arles - Europe's
largest delta with 400 bird species and wild horses.
Jeremy

Social climber
Albuquerque, NM
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 20, 2012 - 12:00pm PT
And yes...I bought a new Speedo...it's white...just like me.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Mar 20, 2012 - 12:00pm PT
No wonder you didn't want to go to Red Rock you skinzler.

Lay by the pool and sip yer little umbrella drink.....



WOOO FECKIN' HOOO ! !
Jeremy

Social climber
Albuquerque, NM
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 20, 2012 - 12:03pm PT
Ha! Dude...I WANT to go to Red Rocks...but the Little Lady wants the Med, wine, Monaco, Paris...

I gave in.

THE HORROR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
bentelbow

climber
spud state
Mar 20, 2012 - 12:05pm PT
I am also going to be in France the 2nd week of May. I don't know if you're into it, but I need a partner for a day or 2 in the Verdon.
Blakey

Trad climber
Newcastle UK
Mar 20, 2012 - 12:17pm PT
You do know it's a long way to Font from Nice?

There is so much to do.....

Anyhow, there's some excellent, shady bouldering to be had at Annot, about an hour North of Nice. Quite 'Fontish'(along with some excellent sport and trad climbing). Note that the best bouldering is further up the valley from the crags directly above the village.

You could hike the Sentier Martel in the Verdon Gorge, a spectacular day hike that takes you under the Falaise de L'Escales.

There are some good hikes up through the buttresses of Mont St Victoire, an hour or so to the West.

There are some good hut walks in the Alpes Maritime that can be done in a day from Nice, and some spectacular Via Ferratta (you can hire the gear at the start of many).

There's bound to be a load of bouldering that I know nothing of - the whole area is a climbers paradise!

Regards,

Steve
Jeremy

Social climber
Albuquerque, NM
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 20, 2012 - 12:19pm PT
Oh yeah...we fly into Paris...hit Font and some other stuff then fly to Nice.

That Annot place looks cool!

Thanks!

J
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Mar 20, 2012 - 12:28pm PT
Deep Water Soloing, La Ciotat (near Marseille)
http://video.mpora.com/watch/HsRzd8Ck7/
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 20, 2012 - 12:48pm PT
From Nice its at least 2 hours to either the Verdon Gorge and/or the Calanque...

But, its closer to Finale Ligure in Italy, just over an hour down the coast.

Could tour a perfume factory in Grasse, above Nice.

Nice is pretty fun. Get the local salad!

Wild that the beach is popular but is pebbles, not sand...

Edit to add: Sainte Victoire is a couple hour drive to the west, but, with a stop in Aix, a great little road trip. Its a huge climbing area with gobs of fun routes. Closer is Sainte Baume which is neat area, mostly closed to climbing, but some fun short sport stuff. Great hiking there too. About 1.5 hour drive from Nice.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Mar 20, 2012 - 01:00pm PT
Sport climbing, La Turbie, Secteur Big Ben above Monaco. Easiest access from the village La Turbie.
La Turbie
La Turbie
Credit: Marlow

Part of Secteur Big Ben with Monaco below - Roy Tore Fallaas
Part of Secteur Big Ben with Monaco below - Roy Tore Fallaas
Credit: Marlow
There's a lot of other secteurs close to Big Ben.
La Turbie, part of Secteur La Loubiere, climber on the route Cannelure...
La Turbie, part of Secteur La Loubiere, climber on the route Cannelures
Credit: Marlow

Crags around Nice (Les Alpes-Maritimes):
http://www.grimpeur.net/liste_des_fiches_site.asp
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Mar 20, 2012 - 01:09pm PT
Yeah, the horror of the south of France.....

Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Mar 20, 2012 - 01:16pm PT
You poor bastard...If I had a car, I'd hit Nimes, Arles and Avignon, places I've wanted to go for a while. More historical than outdoorsy, if that's your taste. While in Nice, make sure you hit the Matisse and Chagall museums. There's a nice Picasso museum in Antibe as well.

I've been to Nice twice, and once we just hopped on the train and spent a week at a nearby town called Villefranche-sur-mer. Nice mellow town with a nice harbor and better beaches (not as cobbly), good restaurants, etc. I'd go back in a heartbeat.

Monaco is great and there's some climbing there at Cap Chien (if I remember the name correctly). If you bring a tux you can hit the Casino adn do your best James Bond imitation. Finale, as someone mentioned, isn't far away. I've only lounged there (had no gear and no car). Great town, like all the ones on the coast, and the climbing is supposed to be good.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 20, 2012 - 01:26pm PT
Hard to beat Nice with a stick. Be sure to stay at the Negresco - they love dirtbags!

Credit: Reilly
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Mar 20, 2012 - 01:31pm PT
Monaco Grand Prix, May 24th - 27th.







Jeremy

Social climber
Albuquerque, NM
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 20, 2012 - 01:33pm PT
Chaz!!!!!!!!!

F*#K YEAH!!!!

SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET!!!!!!

Vrrom...vroom baby!
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Mar 20, 2012 - 02:04pm PT
South of France is GREAT! Camargue, bullfights, Roman ruins, hilltop medieval towns, eat and drink, great birding, killer road biking, and limestone gorges aplenty. I'm sure you'll find plenty to do.
bhilden

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
Mar 20, 2012 - 02:52pm PT
All of the above! Don't miss Monaco/Monte Carlo. Nice Picasso museum in Antibes which is right down the road from Cannes which is holding it's little old film festival May 16th-27th. If you are in to cycling, way too many possibilities. Oh yeah, you can take a ferry to Corsica and go to Ajaccio and see Stephane's nut museum and Napolean's birth place.
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 20, 2012 - 03:49pm PT
Better yet...fly to Corsica...and climb. Mont Gozzi, Bavella, too snowy for up high, etc etc.

Corsica is also the birthplace of Christopher Columbus? See what the Nut Museum thinks about that.

Also, you can see the Statue of Liberty's naked boob on the island as well...

Jeremy

Social climber
Albuquerque, NM
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 20, 2012 - 03:54pm PT
I hope to see many a naked boob in the south of France!

(.)(.)

WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!
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