Rocks in Cassis are beautiful and diverse. When you are climbing just one multi-pitch, you can experience a huge variety of texture: the typical white rock of Les Calanques, red with a lot of round and smooth stones, something similar to sandstone and even a little bit of shiny crystal. The part with “sandstone” feels a little sketchy when you see a bolt coming out together with the rock, crystal part on the way was very short but magical. If you have imagination, you can see this light energy filling your fingers and give you power just to keep going with no fear and no doubts.
Mathusalem. Five pitches at Cap Canaille. 6a+ — 6a — 5c — 6c — 6a+. 5c was comfortable to lead, 6c was hard to follow: especially a traverse move where if you fall you fall under the roof. Apart from that, this multi-pitch is very doable and very enjoyable.
On the left photo you can see an old tree.. maybe that’s why this multi-pitch is called Mathusalem.
Deux vauriens trois canailles. Again Cap Canaille. Seven pitches. The same way of reaching as Mathusalem: three abseilings, the last one is 50 meters. The view is truly spectacular. This multi-pitch has a comfortable chimney on the way, even though might be not that comfortable with a backpack if you’re a little bit bigger than me. But very enjoyable and easy to climb. It was the second multi-pitch of the day. We didn’t have to hurry per say, but I was finishing the last pitch together with the last rays of the sun.. which was beautiful. It felt like the red rock was shining from the inside, shades were slowly moving while I was climbing and a couple of times I had to stop and look around: it was too magical to hurry. On the top, we were rewarded with a gently-colored sunset.
Besides thrilling multi-pitches, there are some caves in the area. It is worthwhile to visit some before going climbing. They are not deep for my standards (I was lucky enough to go to speleological expeditions a couple of times in Khakassia mountains when I was a teenager), but it does not imply that they are not beautiful. You can walk a little in a maze of stalactites and stalagmites, and maybe even turn off headlamps for a while and enjoy the silence of complete darkness.