GORGE DU TARN


Of the three areas in this section, the Gorge du Tarn is the most widely recognised. With both superb quality rock and a mostly road-side approach, it is a justifiably popular venue. The climbing has only been developed since the late 1990s, and new-route activity is on-going. There is no doubt that the Tarn is of more interest to climbers operating in the 7s and 8s than it is to those looking for 5s and 6s, though there is plenty enough for a short trip if you can stretch to mid 6s. The routes are largely characterised as stamina tests, and pitches up to 50m are not uncommon, the usual method for doing the very long pitches is to use two ropes - switching from one to the other (and dropping the unneeded one) along the way to reduce rope-drag. The Tarn is not a place to visit in the winter, as the steep sides of the gorge limit the amount of sun the crags get. The rest of the year, sun and shade can be found in roughly equal measure. Some of the steeper crags are climbable during rain. If it gets too hot, the River Tarn is never far away and is always guaranteed to cool you down.

Routes

294 winter routes (5a...?)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
_
^
^
^
 
Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
or shade
Approach walk Other
Foetus
A two-tier crag that has much potential for future development.
20
Sport
Afternoon sun
Uphill

5 mins

Dé qué fas aqui?
A good selection of both single- and multi-pitch routes to go at here. There has been a fair bit of...
37
Sport
Lots of sun!
Roadside

0 mins

Figues au Cul
The right-hand end of Dé qué fas aqui?, Figues au Cul has a good collection of relatively short,...
13
Sport
Sun and shade
Roadside

0 mins

L'Amphi
L'Amphi is up and left of Tennessee, and is reached by ascending a short section of via ferrata,...
21
Sport
Morning sun
Uphill

10 mins

Tennessee
Probably the most impressive sector at the Tarn - and that's saying a lot. Home to a good number of...
34
Sport
Sun and shade
Up and down

5 mins

Le Navire
A fine wall with a good range of routes to go at, and well-placed as a warm-up for its neighbours....
19
Sport
Morning sun
Uphill

10 mins

Calmez-vous
Together with Arc-en-ciel, this area is collectively also known as Cirque des Baumes and gives a...
23
Sport
Morning sun
Uphill

7 mins

Arc-en-ciel
The other section of Cirque des Baumes consists of a couple of walls set above and right of...
17
Sport
Morning sun
Uphill

10 mins

Canyon
Probably the trickiest crag in the Tarn to approach, so make the effort if you want some solitude.
16
Sport
Morning sun
Up and down

15 mins

Gullich
Quite atypical of the Tarn, Gullich has a collection of well-situated, short power routes.
7
Sport
Morning sun
Uphill

5 mins

Trésor du Zèbre
A deservedly popular spot with great routes from 6a upwards.
21
Sport
Sun and shade
Uphill

5 mins

Club House
Just around the corner from Trésor du Zèbre, Club House has a few more lower-grade routes to go at...
6
Sport
Afternoon sun
Uphill

8 mins

Hollandais
Located above Club House, the routes are short and powerful.
8
Sport
Afternoon sun
Uphill

7 mins

Dromadaire
The only crag on the river side of the road, Dromadaire has a few good hard routes and easy access...
7
Sport
Lots of sun!
Level

2 mins

Moulin à Huile
Two sections of wall with just a few routes between them. The roof is wild but bring some long...
15
Sport
Sun and shade
Roadside

0 mins

L'Oasif
Characterised by steep, powerful lower sections and more technical top sections, L'Oasif is the...
26
Sport
Afternoon sun
Uphill

2 mins

Planète Causse
A stunning wall with stacks to go at in the mid 7s. Being very close to the biggest parking area in...
15
Sport
Afternoon sun
Roadside

0 mins

What do these symbols mean?