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marlow - on 06 Nov 2012
Hey, just a quick question, have any of you been to Annot, south of France... I heard its pretty good but if anyone has any more information, that would be fantastic

cheers
Jon Ratcliffe - on 09 Nov 2012
In reply to marlow:What other info are you looking for? I climbed some awesome routes there this year and I believe the bouldering is equally as good.
Asterix - on 09 Nov 2012
In reply to marlow:
Spent an enjoyable few days in Annot about four years ago while on a south of France road trip. We were there in August, so it was pretty hot. However, much of the bouldering is shaded by trees and we managed to get stuff done in the mornings and late afternoons/evenings. The bouldering was good - rough sandstone with interesting features and little sign of polish. Some of the boulders are huge and have been bolted to give short sport climbs (15m or so). There's a topo and info (in French) at: http://abloc.org/. There's also a pleasant enough camp site on the outskirts of town and close to the bouldering. Not sure I'd make a special trip there, but if I was in the region I'd definitely go back for a day or two.
marlow - on 09 Nov 2012
In reply to Asterix: Cheers, I thought I'd check it out as I'm in Nice for a couple of weeks and then have 2 weeks to go somewhere, cheers for the topo advice and also the heads up on some climbs. I'm just hoping the weather in Dec is ok... I'm in the Ardeche at the mo and its up and down, but mainly up! Cheers for the advice.
marlow - on 09 Nov 2012
In reply to Jon Ratcliffe: I'm more happy to hear that there are routes as well as boulders, any other info about anything in the area would be great, I've been working in the Ardeche for the last few mounths, but no climbing, I'm mainly looking to do something near Nice, I have a 2 weeks work there and then 2 weeks to do something before I fly home. Its sounds great though!
Jon Ratcliffe - on 09 Nov 2012
In reply to marlow: There's a guide for the routes available at the local office de tourism or mayor's office in the village. I would definitely go back, think 3 star gritstone aretes in abundance, awesome pockety walls, beautiful woodland...mega.
French Erick - on 09 Nov 2012
In reply to marlow:
Also top sandstone crack trad venue.
I'll try to find a link. I want to go back there just for the trad personally.
Dave Cumberland - on 09 Nov 2012
In reply to marlow:
> Hey, just a quick question, have any of you been to Annot, south of France...

It is a classic geological locality for sandstone turbidites.

Jon Ratcliffe - on 11 Nov 2012
In reply to French Erick: Yep, the trad could indeed be the icing on the cake!
marlow - on 13 Nov 2012
In reply to marlow: Thats ace, cheers for the information guys. If I get to do some trad that would be axesome.
Can't wait to check it out
marlow - on 12 Dec 2012
Annot for the trad, not the bouldering, I didn't get and trad done, but the bouldering wasn't great, a couple of days is enough.

However, just as information, near Nice is a little place called La Croix de Cabris, Cabris being the town, follow the D4 out of Cabris and after a bout 3 K you find car parking beside a park, there you have very easy and short sports routes, for kids I think, the other side of the road you have limestone boulders starting almost as soon as you wander back towards Cabris, if you have a day go check it out and if you can, its easy to find, there is a big boulder with a mouldy mattress, possibly still there, a couple of nice boulder problems, I failed on the 6C+, after walking the mountains, getting drunk and not sleeping in my tent, thats my excuse!

Just for information!
Enty - on 12 Dec 2012
In reply to marlow:

Check out the photos on here: http://tradannot.over-blog.com/album-1792304.html

We did a route 4 pitch route called The Usual Suspects - according to a local chap (Lionel?) I think we got the 3rd ascent.
One of the best days out I've ever had. Crux pitch is 6c but the 6b+ pitch lower down felt solid E4.

Jez on the top pitch: http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=164804

Jez at belay on the end of the 2nd traversing pitch: http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=164803

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