HORTUS


Hortus is a crag unlike any other in this guide. Although just down the road from Claret, Hortus is not somewhere you will ever find a crowd. In fact, you are likely to have the crag to yourself. The reason for this is that Hortus is a lot more adventurous than your typical French crag. Although there are bolts, you should not rely on your chosen route being a clip-up, and a small trad rack is worth having even if you are confident you won't need it. The crag has a number of aid routes - these have mostly been left out, but their existence should be noted when route-finding. Belays are not always the neat two-bolts-and-a-chain affairs found elsewhere - expect to hunt around for pitons and threads and be able to equalise them - and be prepared to leave gear behind if you need to retreat. The designated abseil descents should be used and having a pair of half ropes is preferable to a single rope. Grades will often feel quite stiff here, so it's worth starting off conservatively to get a feel for the place. If you haven't been put off, Hortus is well-worth your time - the lines are stunning, the positions memorable, and you're sure to have an adventure to remember long after you've forgotten the rest of your trip. The crag is south-facing and gets a lot of sun. It is also exposed to the wind.

Routes

74 winter routes (5a...A2)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
or shade
Approach walk Other
Secteur des Dalles
Home to a number of big traditional lines, plus a few more-recent, hard single-pitch routes. No...
11
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

30 mins

Pendentif
Following the approach path, this is the first sector you reach. It is very impressive. Most of the...
41
Sport
Sun from mid-morning
Uphill

30 mins

Moule à Gaufres
Striking groove-lines and plenty of big routes to follow them. Descend by abseiling down Sybarites...
22
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

35 mins

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