Learning courses, Guided climbs, Adventure climbs
Calanques - Montagne Sainte Victoire - Aix-en-Provence - Marseille
Trips: Jordan - Morocco - Corsica
my climbing with Philippe: I was eager to climb in the Calanques in November 2010, but there were three problems: (a) I had been away from climbing for several years, so my ability was not yet quite up to most of the great climbs in the Calanques; (b) the day I had chosen was very windy so the selection of climbs was further limited; (c) I don't speak much French. I contacted Philippe by email and then phone and told him what I was hoping for. His English was definitely good enough, and he gave me clear instructions on how to meet him.
He took me to a climb on the famous Socle de la Candelle that we both hoped I could handle. He gave me some hints before each pitch. It worked out great. So then he found another multi-pitch climb which was sheltered from the wind on the Grande Candelle, and that was very interesting also. A great first day of climbing in the Calanques which led to more days there.
backcountry skiing - rando - ski mountaineering
Provence + Alps
photos by Philippe: Mt Elbrus (higher than Mont Blanc)
certified Mountain Guide in France
author of guidebook: Escalade en Pays d'Aix: Sainte Victoire (Editions Nota Bene, ISBN 2-9516987-1-2).
creator of many climbing routes around Montagne Sainte-Victoire