This year our base camp will be in Malaucène. Malaucène, 375 m above sea-level at the north-west side of the mountain, is the most important base after Bedoin for those who want to climb the Giant of the Provence. The town used to have flourishing paper mills, which mainly produced for the cigarette industry. In 2009 the last factory was closed. In the old days Malaucène used to be the summer residence of the popes of Avignon.
The village is surrounded by vineyards, cherry, apricot and olive plantations . Also asparagus are grown here Eye-catcher of Malaucène is the church Saint-Michel-et-Saint-Pierre, which looks like a castle. On warm days the best place to be is under the ancient plane trees in the tangle of small streets.
The average climbing time is about 2 hours and 20 minutes.

The mass start, including the patients, will take place at 10.00.