MG looking jaunty above the waves, as we rappel down to start the route called Melody, outside of the Calanque of Sormiou.
Kathy getting into position on the last rappel.
Day two, we head into the Calanque of En Vau, once again to climb the scenic route of Saphir. Kathy and MG escaping the sun? Or sharing conspiratorial secrets? Looks like mischief, in any case.
The weekend scene in En Vau, plenty of day trippers and swimmers, though the sun has long passed behind the ridge. The shade is part of the appeal!
Mark leading up on Saphir
MG keepin' it cool!
On the belay ledge with Mark.
The following day we headed over to an area called Rumpe Cuou, on the back side of the ridge above Sormiou. Beautiful and unique smooth slabs characterize this spot.
It's getting technical out...
MG concentrating on the thin feet and discontinuous crack systems.
Mark shows us how.
Kathy and MG previewing their moves.
Later on, a bit of more featured steepness.
... and the top.
After feeling a bit hammered by the heat of the past few days, we sought out the shade on a beautiful route out of Sormiou, called Couchant.
Challenging climbing, and a perfect temperature!
Topping out far above the waves.
MG's last day being one of record-breaking, cold winds from the north, we spent it sight-seeing in Marseille. The next three shots are from the beautiful Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde.
A lovely spot.
After a pleasant day pounding the pavement in the cold and gusty winds, we ended the day with a fantastic meal at Le Malthazar. Thank you MG for a great evening, and a great week of climbing. Bon appétit!