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This book covers the extensive and fertile climbing area west of Haute Provence. This areas covered largely surround the beautiful Parc National des Cevennes, but also includes crags that are close to the cities of Nimes and Avignon. Some areas have been climbed for generations; others are still very much in development; all will leave you hungry for more.
Starting in the family-friendly summer holiday destination of Ardeche, the guide promises a tour of the very best crags in the region. The next stop is in the Gorge du Tarn, a highly acclaimed recent addition to France’s portfolio of perfect crags. Here you can choose from the never ending stamini tests in the Tarn, the occasionally trad multi-pitch adventures of the Jonte, and the various high-quality offerings of the Dourbie. Moving south, the book covers Thaurac, for its collection of fine lower grade single and multi-piptch cklimbs, then pauses for some fine ‘old school’ adventure at Hortus. Moving back east, its not far before you can pay your respects to Claret, Russan and Senes, each with its individual style, breath-taking quality and a lifetime supply of routes. The tour finally ends at the well-developed crags surrounding Avignon, including the legendary Orgon which covers the range of difficulty from grade 4-9.
- The Ardeche:
- Chaulet Plage, Mazet Plage, Actinidias, Le Cirque des Gens, Les Branches
- The Tarn Area:
- Gorge du Tarn, Gorge de la Jonte, Le Boffi, Cantobre
- Thaurac Area:
- Thaurac, Hortus, Claret
- The Gard:
- Seynes, Russan
- Massif des Alpilles:
- Mont Gaussier, Mouries, Orgon
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