New Caledonia is paradise!
Idyllic sandy beaches, coconut palms, incredible lagoon populated by a myriad of fish of all sizes and all colors, the Kanak people and their tribal life and ancestral customs, the west coast with its open spaces, its herds and bushmen (sort of local cowboys that hunt deer as we do our shopping).
And for some time, New Caledonia is also a vertical adventure country!
Indeed in Noumea, the capital, Magenta climbing gym has become a mecca for sports. Since the organization of the world youth championships this place is always full. From morning until evening primary schools to senior everyone comes tighten holds and fill their arms.
Parallel to the development of Nouméa, the town of Koumac in the north has also caught the fever of verticality. Spurred on Vertikaledonie club and territorial technical employee, routes were opened, initiations were implemented, passions were born and a sports movement is created.
Today there are 150 routes from 4 to 8a on Les Roches de Notre Dame, fifteen on the Koumac cave and 70 problems on the boulder area of Haute Néhoué. In the middle of a forest without age where grows sprawling banyan trees, Caledonian limestone offers a number of high class routes. Single pitch up to 35 meters in vertical or setep walls, ending up to the canopy and promise memorable climbs. A little hot during the austral summer (mid-November to mid-April) although some areas are shaded and super nice winter (June to August with 20 to 23 °C), weather permitting go climbing all year in shorts/sandals. The two flagship areas of sport climbing are printed on a paper guidebook and ClimbingAway ethical and digital guidebooks :)
Finally, each year a territorial scale rally is organized on the crag of the north and offers the community rises the country the opportunity to share and enjoy together a unifying weekend that highlights the uniqueness of the Caledonian climbing .