Join IFMGA-certified mountain guide Maxence on the Sans Retour Traverse in the Calanques of France and experience the beauty of Mediterranean cliffs.
Follow a experienced guide and enhance your climbing skills.
Enjoy the beauty of the Mediterranean and the cliffs of the Calanques.
Traverse some unbelievable walls with heart-pumping pitches and climbs.
The Massif des Calanques (or Calanques) are a range of coastal limestone in the south of France. Loaded with crevices and surrounded by some of the world´s most gorgeous scenery, they have become a popular destination for rock climbers from all across the globe.
And within this rocky coast are epic locations for challenging climbs, highlighted by the Sans Retour traverse. Set above the crashing waves of the Mediterranean Sea, there are few places as evocative as this for travelers and tourists. Tucked between Marseille and Cassis, this is the perfect combination of excitement and fitness.
Sans Retour and its suspenseful vantage points looks out to the nearby islands and the land jutting into the blue of the sea. It can be accessed through the Traverse Ramond, which features a doorway-shaped entrance in the rock. You can also reach Sans Retour via the Castelvieil Plateu.
It is easily accessible, and offers a variety of climbs for those daring enough to cross above the Mediterranean. The additional traverses that can be combined to Sans Retour give you the option of adding complexity and duration to your climb.
Sans Retour is a special program for me, and I hope to instill that passion in you. I can guide you on a safe climb that will keep you excited every step of the way. My expertise in the region and in the rocks of the Calanques will make your experience personal. It will truly be an unforgettable trip.
The traverse has challenging moments, so you should be in good shape and prepared both physically and mentally for a rock climbing program of this nature.
Book this unbelievable day climbing program and gain some rock experience dangling above the Mediterranean!
We can also spend the night on a Calanque portaledge! Or head to Calenque de Sormiou and partake in a day program of climbing!
Contact me upon booking to establish a meeting point.
Even as a kid, I knew I wanted to become a mountain guide. Growing up in Aix-en-Provence, in southern France, the Alps have been my playground since a very young age. Amazing climbing spots like the Calanques and Gorges du Verdon were just a stone throw's away from my hometown.
Eventually, I also became an architect, another long-time passion. As an architect, I lived in New York, Barcelona and Rotterdam and learned to speak fluent English and Spanish. I also met great people and had an amazing time while doing it!
I'm now back home in France and spend most of my time guiding in the Alps. I'll be happy to take you rock climbing, skiing or mountaineering to some of my favorite spots.
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|EUR 413 each|
Group of 2
|EUR 207 each|
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Maxence was absolutely great! Super friendly and knowledgeable. With very little back and forth he was able to plan a perfect climbing day trip for us, including our first multi-pitch climb (and all of this was actually a backup plan, since the area we were going climbing was closed due to high winds). I look forward to going climbing again in Calanque and would not hesitate to book him again!!
We had a fantastic climbing day with Max. He was fun to hang out with. He set up lots of climbs that were fun for all the abilities of our group. He made us feel safe and confident. Max’s English is perfect which meant a lot to some of us.
The trip was extraordinary! Challenging yet very rewarding. Maxence was a great guide and a perfect companion.
Max was an AMAZING guide! He was super knowledgeable and was willing to teach us new climbing techniques. Not only did I have fun climbing outdoors, but I learned how to climb better outside. I highly recommend this trip! You won´t be disappointed!
I would like to recommend Maxence for his excellent guiding on Tuesday October 9th. We had a great time, felt safe and got in a lot of climbing. He was efficient and safe as well as super friendly. I am so glad I connected with him through your service. Thank you for finding him.I would hire him again if I was coming back to Europe for more outdoors activities.
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Max took us on an amazing route in the Verdon and we had a fantastic day. He also helped us refreshed our multi-pitching skills so gave us the confidence to do routes ourselves after the guided climb. Thanks!
Had a great time with Max climbing at the Calanques. He picked a good route with lots of ambiance, and did a solid job leading me up it.
Me and my dad wanted to book a last minute guided rock climb in the Calanques. We came across Maxence through explore-share and he was very kind as he changed his timetable so that he could take us out at short notice. Me and my dad were a little nervous about rock climbing and Maxence very quickly put us at ease. He was friendly and warm and very encouraging when we were on the rocks. He took us to the most beautiful spot where we were the only ones climbing, and we had an amazing view of the Calanques. He took pictures for us and sent them to us afterwards. He also provided us with all the equipment that we needed and found us suitable routes to climb for our levels. We would recommend Maxence to anyone who wants to find a climbing adventure in the Calanques.
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