Our plan to have Briançon as a base camp is working out very well. We look out the window in the morning and let the weather forecasts help us decide where to go next. From this base we have endless outdoor opportunities to choose from. It´s almost too good to be true.
Last week it snowed almost 30 cm in one day. The landscape transformed completely.
We decided to drive south. Châteauvert was our first goal. I have heard so much about the place and finally I got to see it. A river splits the landscape in two. The climbing is on one side of the river and on the other side there is a beautiful national park.
After two days in Châteauvert we drove towards Toulon to find the famous climbing spot Cimaï. This is where the first female ascent of an 8b+ took place when Lynn Hill in 1991 proved J.B. Tribouts words that ”no woman can climb this hard” wrong by sending the route Masse Critique.
We tried a bit of climbing but the unusually hot weather made it unbearable. We’ll have to come back later in the season for more.
Since we were in the area we decided to go to the centre of Toulon to have lunch. We haven’t got used to the french eating habits yet so of course all the restaurants were closed and we ended up having baguette and a bag of salad on the sidewalk. Not bad.
Down town city life is not what I prefer anymore and a beach felt very tempting at the higher temperatures that the south of france offers. We found the sea and the water was refreshing.
When we do road trips like this we are bringing the tent but usually the car is our shelter for the night. I sleep so good in the car and I love waking up to different views every morning.