This morning, it is 9:30 am and I enjoy my coffee with a chocolate cake on the terrace of the “Tourism”. Christophe, a friend “canyoner” passes by there .. “Say, I will make a canyon, the Angouire valley in Moustiers Sainte-Marie http://www.moustiers.eu/, you come?” And me to answer: “Listen, no activity on the Verdon this afternoon, go, it’s gone!”
So here we are on the road to Moustier Sainte-Marie, it is now 11:30 and we leave for a canyon day .. Fortunately, we are only two and we know that we will go faster than a group of beginners ..
We leave the car on the highest parking Moustier Sainte-Marie and begin the climb to this medieval road that leads to the Roman road http://www.rougon.fr/voie_romaine_rougon3.htm driving to Castellane via Chasteuil. ..
First impression; this march must be unbearable in the summer under the sun. Second impression; better to come with two cars and make a shuttle to get closer to the departure of the canyon because we have walked more than two hours at a rather steady pace before starting the activity.
This canyon is part of a particularly wild environment and dries up very quickly in the season, so it is only feasible in the spring. Once at the start, we chained the first reminders that present no difficulty. Even on a sunny day, I’m happy to have put on my 7 mm jumpsuit because the waterfall recalls are very refreshing …
We finally arrive at the said passage of the “Pear”. Here, the phenomenon of erosion reaches its climax, the water notched up about thirty meters the layer of limestone to form a narrow corridor. The sunlight has even some difficulties to come to the bottom. Little by little, the canyon comes to an end and it is in a luxuriant vegetation embellished with multiple cascades of tuffs http://planet-terre.ens-lyon.fr/image-de-la-semaine/Img121-2005- 05-02.xml that we finish. Another 40 minutes of walking to find the car left in Moustier …
A grandiose setting and rather sporty course since we spent 7 hours in all, at a fairly steady pace.