A ll the Canyons described in this section are aimed at teams perfectly mastering rope techniques ... and height.
Some of these descents have a weak canyon character and are more like "Barring" (literally: "Rocky Mountain Descent"). Access is described in detail in the "Topos", "Photo Galleries" and "Mov Access". We invite you to consult them carefully.
Originally, we opened these canyons for our own personal use. Given their number and interest, we decided to share them. You will travel them under your sole responsibility and it will be up to you to check - and possibly replace - each anchorage before you engage. Our responsibility can not be engaged in case of accident.
Our site is regularly enriched with new descents.
Good apero ...
Beware of falling rocks! This risk is particularly present in dry canyons.
It's a pure "Barring" (literally, "Rocky Mountain Descent")
This is an alternative to the descent of the C58-C49 sequence in the Arpasse Canyon.
Instead, it will negotiate a beautiful pendular of 108m, quite impressive, with a breathtaking view of the valley of Vésubie (Photos 21, 22 et 23).
We will depart from the classic canyon course at the start of the C58 and will catch up at the foot of the C49.
A train of fixed handrails allows access in a few minutes and without any difficulty at the start of the Barring.
Do not forget the gloves ... it warms well on dry rope! Obviously, the ideal remains to wet before, especially since the approach walk crosses the channel of Vésubie ...
It's a pure "Barring" (literally, "Rocky Mountain Descent")
This is an alternative to the CXNUMX-CXNUMX sequence of XNUMX terminal cascades of the "Ravin de Gilette, St Sauveur, Bau and Travers". It is a short, sunny and aerial descent that arrives at the foot of the CXNUMX of the classic end of the "Ravin de Gilette". Shortly before the CXNUMX, we take a path in Right Bank which leads in a few minutes at the starting of a sequence of XNUMX abseils whose last offer XNUMX possibilities: either the "Small Barring" of XNUMXm or the "Grand Barring" of XNUMXm. These XNUMX Barrings can also be descended independently of the XNUMX canyons above, by walking up from the DXNUMX (XNUMXmn) . Ideal for half a day after an evening party ...
It's a pure "Barring" (literally, "Rocky Mountain Descent".
This is an alternative to the classic departure of the "Canyon de Ciaudans" that replaces the initial delicate de-escalation (in a scree) by a magnificent XNUMXm Barring with breathtaking views of the Cians Gorges. The departure of the Barring is in full sun at any time of day and will be an unforgettable experience for the less experienced because, when you sit in your harness, you have the sensation of being suspended directly above the Cians. But, as usual, as soon as you are gone, you realize that the descent is very easy. A short walk in Right Bank at the foot of the cliff catches up with the Canyon of Ciaudans at the first small abseil on a tree (CXNUMX).
It's a pure "Barring" (literally, "Rocky Mountain Descent")
This is an alternative to the CXNUMX-CXNUMX sequence of XNUMX terminal cascades of the "Ravins de Gilette, St Sauveur, Bau and Travers". It is a short, sunny and aerial descent that arrives at the foot of the classic CXNUMX of the "Ravin de Gilette". Shortly before the CXNUMX, we take a path in Right bank which leads in a few minutes at the starting of a sequence of XNUMX abseils whose last offer XNUMX possibilities: either the "Small Barring" of XNUMXm or the "Grand Barring" of XNUMXm. These XNUMX Barrings can also be traversed independently of the XNUMX canyons above, by walking up from the DXNUMX (XNUMXmn) . Ideal for half a day after an evening party ...
Beautiful sunny descent in a relatively open valley where small abseils are linked in a pleasant bucolic atmosphere. The canyon has practically no walking zones and its highlight is undoubtedly the beautiful terminal CXNUMX with a small abseil of XNUMXm sloping which leads to the anchorage of the CXNUMX whose first XNUMXm will be pendulum. We then find ourselves in the Saint Sauveur Canyon which we will follow for about twenty minutes until it connects with Gilette Canyon. Here, icing on the cake, we have the choice between XNUMX options: -Either to finish the canyon by the classic sequence CXNUMX-CXNUMX of the end of the Canyon of Gilette -Or to take a path in Right Bank (XNUMX-XNUMXmn) to descend one of the XNUMX "Barrings fin de Gilettte" of, respectively, XNUMXm and XNUMXm (see the corresponding topos) . Provide additional XNUMXH for this option.
This atypical descent is difficult to note because it combines hot and cold. We gave her XNUMX ½ stars to differentiate her from XNUMX star canyons but we still think she is not far from deserving her XNUMXth star. It consists in a magnificent start with an impressive point of view which majestically overhangs the junction between the Var and the Cians, with a splendid CXNUMX in pendular, and a superb final with the sequence of a beautiful CXNUMX in semi-pendular and a magnificent pendular of XNUMXm. Between the two, it is a ravine not very deep (except on his last part) which is in fact a corridor of scree with some rather nice and pretty aesthetic abseils. Anyway, he should earn his third star by the mere fact that it contains XNUMX big pendulars. It is rare enough to be underlined and, as far as we are concerned, the scree corridor did not bother us too much because it remains quite aesthetic. But, of course, it will not necessarily be the opinion of everyone. Everyone will forge its own opinion.
Very nice canyon intense and varied and presenting beautiful abseils which present no particular difficulties. After a portion alternating passages in undergrowth and small open abseils, we arrive at a beautiful sequence of uninterrupted abseils which begins with a superb CXNUMX. This one is split into a CXNUMX, a pendular CXNUMX and a CXNUMX. We end this sequence with a magnificent CXNUMX pendular. The exit goes through a (Short) descent a bit boring in a corridor of scree.
It would be a beautiful canyon if it did not start and end with a scree corridor whose descent greatly affects the interest of the course. That said, it's not that long and the rest of the Canyon is quite nice with the beautiful C62, straight as the facade of a building and its arrival in the beautiful steep-sidedness. Very nice ending also at the exit of the steep-sidedness with a beautiful sequence of abseils and a magnificent pendular of 39m. Some additional abseils allow you to go down the final scree and quickly join the downstream parking.
Superb descent that starts with a beautiful de-escalation in the undergrowth. Then we go straight to the heart of the subject arriving on an impressive cliff of XNUMXm where abseils are linked without stopping. The first big abseil (XNUMXm) is straight as a building facade with a breathtaking view of the Cians Valley ... XNUMXm further down. The descent of the cliff ends in beauty with a superb pendular of XNUMXm. The whole descent is less impressive than it seems at first, when we discover the cliff, and the abseils pose no particular problem, except for a departure a little tricky on the CXNUMX which we have equipped with a stirrup as a pedal (XNUMX to XNUMX photos) . The following of the descent can be de-escalation, except at certain periods of the winter when the rock will cover with ice. That's why we had to equip this part as well.
Very nice, short and sunny descent that starts with a nice de-escalation in a beautiful pine forest. The canyon character is not very marked and this descent is more like a Barring (literally: "Rocky Mountain Descent") . The highlight of the course is the CXNUMX, very vertical, with a beautiful anchorage place full wall overlooking an impressive pendular of XNUMX meters. The anchorage place can comfortably accommodate XNUMX teammates on a small step. The departure from the anchorage does not pose any particular problem except for the height to be managed and the compulsory installation of a rope guard. The rock is curved as a cave and one really abseils far from the wall. Magic ! The rest of the course is a succession of de-escalations and small abseils, short but aesthetic. XNUMXOm after the downstream car park, on the left, we can see the canyon from the road with the beautiful CXNUMX which stands in the background (Photos XNUMX et XNUMX).
It is a very beautiful and varied canyon which starts, as very often, by a corridor of scree altogether not too unpleasant to go down. And the rest is worth it with a beautiful steep-sidedness where the abseils are continuously linked and a sumptuous finale open on the Cians with a magnificent C83 50m in pendular. Note that the terminal part of the canyon is common to the "Ravin de la Source" and the "Ravin des Pyramides" which comes to connect in Right Bank at the foot of the C83. The set makes a nice race quite complete. The access of the canyon is not easy to find, at first glance, but it is explained in abundant details in "Mov-Access" as well as in "The Photo Gallery". We invite you to consult them carefully. It is also provided with a very complete marking.
Superb downhill Barring (literally: "Rocky Mountain Descent") . No Canyon character marked. We start by descending a small scree, then we connect short areas of walk with small open abseils very aesthetic. Then we arrive at the big cliff XNUMXm with stunning views of the Cians. From here we will link abseils on the wall without stopping until the beautiful CXNUMX pendular that will not leave you indifferent. The descent is much less impressive than it seems at first sight because of the many landings that line it. All anchorages are comfortable and can accommodate a minimum of XNUMX people. At the foot of the big cliff we follow the common part with the "Ravin de la Source" which leads to the road in a few abseils without difficulty.
The canyon character is not very marked but it is still a valley slightly dug and a little steep-sided in its last part. Very nice wild course where the abseils are linked almost without stopping. During the whole descent, we dominate the Cians with a great impression of height but there are no big abseils and none is a problem. Some nice pendulars, one of them being accessible at the end of a fixed handrail (easy and fun).
Open to everyone. A superb race intense and varied. Well read the topo because there is a small "valley change" to perform in Left Bank after the sequence CXNUMX-CXNUMX-CXNUMX
An absolute must.
This is an alternative to the terminal part of the big cliff (XNUMXm) of the "Ravin des Pyramides". The sequence CXNUMX-CXNUMX-CXNUMX of the end of the cliff of the "Ravin des Pyramides" is here replaced by a CXNUMX with an anchorage place at less XNUMXm and an impressive pendular of XNUMXm.
Big sensations. Guaranteed chills.
Towards the middle of the cliff, at the bottom of the CXNUMX, we take a fixed handrail in Right Bank which, after XNUMX small abseils equipped with deviations, leads to the start of the impressive pendular. It is a comfortable anchorage place that can accommodate XNUMX-XNUMX teammates.
Be careful, the rope guard is mandatory at -XNUMXm.
During the descent we are really far from the wall and we live the real feelings of the big pendulars.
If you did not like going down the "Ravin du Tunnel", do not come here. You will be unhappy.
It is a true canyon relatively steep-sided from the beginning to the end.
The first part consists in small abseils often sloping interspersed with de-escalations in a corridor of scree. It is not a stone roller scree and the progression is not really unpleasant but, it must be said, it remains not very fascinating.
The second part is much more pleasant and there are beautiful abseils that are sequenced without particular difficulty down to the Cians. The whole makes an easy and bucolic descent and presenting, throughout the course, some magnificent views of the Cians valley. This is certainly not our most beautiful opening but it deserves to be visited at least once and it can be an excellent introduction to wild courses.
It's a pure "Barring" (literally: "Rocky Mountain Descent")
An absolute must.
It is a question of descending the angle Right Bank of the large rectangular cut which, at this point, cuts the cliff on all its height. So it's a spectacular cliff of 164m that will come down in C6-C95-C18 and C45.
The start is made very impressive by the fact that, at the bottom of the cliff, 140m still remains to go down to join the road. We therefore directly overhang the road and the Cians of 300m (the Eiffel Tower). In addition, the C95 is a large pendular that takes us far from the wall ... same as in the "Ravin du Tunnel".
The first anchorage (at the top of the C95) can accommodate 2 teammates. The following 2 anchorage places can "store" several people. It is imperative to put a rope guard at the start of the C95.
This wall is exposed to the south, it enjoys a generous sun throughout the descent. It is a fairly long and complete race because there are other abseils to perform before reaching the top of the cliff, and others once again at his feet.
Reserved for well-seasoned people.
Warning: There is a risk of jamming the ropes on the C95. Read the explanations in the topo.
It's a pure "Barring" (literally: "Rocky Mountain Descent").
An absolute must.
It's a pretty long race (5H) and very complete which includes, in its middle, an impressive pendular of 158m. A magical descent to be approached with confidence and serenity.
You will never have felt as lonely as when you will have (Stupidly) leave the anchorage and you will find yourself suspended between heaven and earth on this tiny rope which, more than ever, will make you think of the thin thread of the spider. The sensation of height is multiplied by the fact that the road and the Cians unfold just under your feet ... 300m lower (the Eiffel Tower).
The progression on the "Via Etriata" is already a great moment in itself and it is a real feeling of happiness that will invade you when the tip of your foot will finally resume contact with the earth... and life.
But, before starting the descent, you will have to go down to the starting point of the C95 des Angles, then progress along the wall on the "Via Etriata" which is none other than a Via Ferrata equipped with fixed pedals (in this case horse stirrups) allowing you to lose the passage of each anchorage. From the starting anchorage, you will then have to pass 2 deflections then take care to place the rope on a fixed rope guard (a car mat ...).
And ten, only, you can tell you it's too late to turn back.
Descent quite technical that requires a good experience.
Not to be put in all pairs of gloves.
A beautiful wild canyon accessible to all.
It's a real adventure trail that starts with magnificent giant steps (sunny and very open) with breathtaking views of the "Gorges du Cians". It is only at the bottom of these giant steps that we will enter the canyon itself which we will not leave until the end. In fact, we go down the giant steps on the shoulder that borders the Right Bank of the Vallon, which, in its first part, offers no canyoning interest.
From start to finish, the abseils are continuously following one after the other and it is a total of 19 abseils that you will have to descend with only 4 short de-escalation zones and no walking zone. Note the magnificent pendular of 31m in the second half of the course and the superb sequence C45-C40-C30 of the terminal cascades.
No particular difficulty except for the departure of the pendular, a little bit tricky for inexperienced teammates. Its anchorage place can accommodate 2 people and, with the help of the leader, this departure will no longer be a problem.
To do absolutely in order to discover the adventure sensations of the first canyons of yesteryear.
This is an authentic adventure course that will satisfy lovers of wild Canyons.
Already, the start gives the tone of the descent. We start with a superb pendular of 35m with breathtaking views of the Gorges du Cians. We are then at the top of a cliff and not down into a canyon as usual. It is only lower that we will enter the canyon. In this regard, we recommend that you read the topo and view the "Photo Gallery" and the "MOV Presentation" which explain very clearly how to find the canyon once at the bottom of the starting cliff. It's very simple once you've seen them, but otherwise, it's almost impossible because there are many possibilities open to you. That's why it's a true adventure canyon.
Once in the canyon, abseils will follow one after the other without stopping until we reach the Cians. None is a problem and this course is accessible to all.
Beautiful descent that will delight lovers of this type of descent.
Warning: At the start of the C35, the ropes get stuck in a misplaced crevasse. Read the explanations in the topo.
It is a pure Pendular of 68m Barring overlooking the "Vallée du Loup", on the Left Bank of the "Ravin du Tunnel", a descent which is well known by fans of Dry Canyons. The great pendular of the "Ravin du Tunnel" (90m) is an absolute must but, unfortunately, a bit short to fullfill a whole day.
The descent of the "Tête de Courmes" makes it possible to fill up this lack. Indeed, after a beautiful access walk of 45mn in the undergrowth, you will find yourself at the top of the "Tête de Courmes" which overlooks the "Gorges du Loup" of 400m and offers a breathtaking panorama since you can see distinctly the mountains of Gréolières on one side and the Bay of Cannes on the other.
Guaranteed thrills going down the 68m pendular that takes you far from the wall, above the "Gorges du Loup".
Once at the bottom, a short walk in the undergrowth of 15mn, very aesthetic, leads you to the start of the "Ravin du Tunnel", which allows you to easily connect the 2 descents and make it a very complete course . In addition, it will be ideal for the less experienced to start with a pendular of ... only 68m before descending that of the "Tunnel".
Do not forget the "Apéro" because you will have a hard time finding a more beautiful place for "Apéro" than being at the top of the "Tête de Courmes".