/ South France Sport Destinations
Ideally, would like destinations with cheap campsites within walking distance of the crag. (Have a car but paranoid about break ins, have had a lot of bad experiences in France). Looking for limestone sport from F7a and above with sectors in the shade! Any suggestions?
Have got my eye on Gorge du Loup, and St Leger. Anyone know what the camping options are there?
Plenty of campsites here in Ariège, from popular family sites with pools to quieter spots.
A car definitely helps get the most out of the area but you'll rarely be driving more than about 15 minutes to a crag, usually less, and break-ins are virtually unknown around here.
Plenty of grade 7 and 8 shady routes to go at too, on about 10 or so different nearby crags, including one (Globetrotter, 7b at Alliat-Livre) described by our current guests a few days ago as "a 10-star route"!
Should have mentioned though that I'm heading to Italy later in the trip so would prefer destinations a bit more SE to cut down on big driving.
Fair enough. We drove to Italy last week and it took about 6 hours to get to the border near Nice, so not quick.
I you have enough time you could easily combine a trip to Tarn/Jonte and Loup and should be able to find enough shade options. I never worried too much about my car but tended not to park it full of gear. I hear Calanques is bad for that sort of thing.
Chateauvert? V. cheap municipal campsite but a bit of a walk to crag.
Saffres? Might be a bit far though.
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