Climbs 232
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 185m a.s.l
Faces S

Chateauvert © Neil Foster

Crag features

A lovely set of buttresses tucked away in a sheltered, wooded valley with a tranquil river running through it and some great climbing, only minutes from the road. If that sounds like a French Stoney Middleton or Avon Gorge - it isn't!

The rock is a coarse textured and heavily pocketed limestone, and climbing on it is a real pleasure though hands can suffer from a prolonged visit here. The routes are well bolted almost without exception, and there is a huge range of climbs to choose from. Many of the pitches are very long, bring plenty of quick-draws and take note of the length of the route versus the length of your rope!

Much of the crag faces pretty much south, it is recessed and well sheltered, especially from northerlies. The crag is an ideal winter venue and is always popular especially at weekends. It can get very hot here at almost any time of the year, though the crags at the far eastern end of the valley and much of the Grande Face are tipped a bit to the east and go into the shade earlier than the rest of the cliff.

Approach notes

The cliffs at Châteauvert - or the Rochers de Bagaredes, to give the crag its correct name - run to the north of the Argens river, 10km due north of Brignoles. Exit the A8 at Brignols (junction 35) and turn north from the roundabout on the ring road due north of the town centre onto the D554 - signed towards Le Val and Barjols. Just north of Le Val turn left (still on the D554) towards Châteauvert. After 9km cross the narrow bridge, turn right and follow the valley for 2km until the crags appear on the left, just round a sharp bend - ogling time has arrived.

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Guidebooks

France : Côte d'Azur

Côte d'Azur covers the famous cliffs of Calanques, Sainte Victoire and the Verdon and also includes some of the great venues around Toulon, the sunniest city in France. Plus there is the popular winter venue of Châteauvert, the less well known Esterel and Châteaudouble area. Add in Saint Jeannet and a selection of cliffs in the Nice area and this will become an essential volume for any climber.
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This crag as some of the best rock I have ever seen. a lovely spot to climb.
brianrunner - 05/Apr/12
Lovely spot to climb. Not too many really good easier routes but we enjoyed several good routes (especially Desir de Velours) before the rain started.
Rog Wilko - 19/May/10
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Grand Face 
2Béréchit
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6b  
3Bonze a l'aise
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6b 3
4Neuromediation6c ***9
5Les hirondelles sont de retour6b+ ***11
6La Salamandre6b+ **1
7Un hiver sans fin5a *2
8Arielle6b ***19
9La poursuite du gri-gri6b ***13
10L'esprit du rat6b+ ***17
11Béatitube7a ***8
12Sweet smoke8b * 
13Are you ready?8b+ *** 
14Les frontiers du néant7a ***24
15Le moutouki
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7c 1
16Le moutouki Direct
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8a  
17Les couleurs du charme7b+ ***8
18Le magicien d'Oz7a+ ***21
19Yellow shark7a ** 
20Autism7b ** 
21Entropie7a+ ** 
22La femme fatale8b ** 
23Jazzogène7c *** 
24Marabout7c ** 
25Marabout Extension7c+ ** 
26Les sœurs "trou-trou"8a ** 
27Abolition des privilèges7a+ ***11
28Abolition des privilèges Extension7c *** 
29Abolition des privilèges droite7b+ *** 
30La forteresse du vide7c+ ** 
31Le Diktateur7c+ ***2
32Toréador, prends gard!7b * 
33La signe de taureau7b+ ***7
34Léna bouddha7c * 
35Léna bouddha Extension7c+ * 
36So What?8a * 
37Kanao7b * 
38Kanao Extension7c+ * 
39Le Grand Neurone8a ** 
40La Soif du Mal8a * 
41Quinoa7c+ * 
42Tchernobyl7c * 
43Faux Mouvements
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7b+  
44Tiané mobylette7c ***3
45Mercurius7c ***1
46Corto balèse7c+ ***2
47Le chmatex7a ***24
48Fleur carnivore7b **1
49Turbulences7a+ ***4
50La disparition7c+ ** 
51Abécédaire6c+ *** 
52Habitus6b+ ***4
53Right of Habitus
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6b 1
 Le Muret to Westpoint 
55Thérèse troïka6a+ ***26
56Red Cross6b ***19
57Serpelin6b+ ***22
58Destination liberté6c+ ***11
59Embraye6b **16
60Strawberry nose7a+ ***8
61Figue molle6c ***6
62Un quart d'heure de folie6b ***15
63Nuage6b ***20
64Australie6c+ * 
65Cabriole6b ***15
66La liberté c'est pas la porte à côté!6c ***6
67Patagonie7b+ * 
68Cap Horn7a ***10
69Igloo6c+ ***1
70Terre de feu7a+ * 
71Transmutation7b ***3
72Borderline6b+ ***7
73Norbert et les Ayatollahs
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7a+  
74La voix de son double maître
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7c ** 
75Les fachos de la barre a mine
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7a+  
76La vie est ailleurs
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6c * 
77Ego mégalo
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6c+  
78Ce que parler veut dire
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7b+ * 
79La santé parfaite
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7b * 
80Champagne supernova
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7c+ * 
81Récidive
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6c ** 
82Le colibri5c ***19
83Le syndrome de saumon5c **6
84Papa, on joue au foot?6a+ ***27
85T'as pas cent balles?6b **9
86La santé par les plantes6b+ **5
87Les plantes qui savent5c ***13
88Eole5c ***20
89Ça glisse au pays des merveilles5c ***21
90Saute Meissuge4b *8
91Looping4c *14
92La fête à neuneu5c *7
93L'odeur des pierres5c *5
94Les 101 Bactratiens5b **12
95Le marchand de sable5c **14
96Douce transe5c *6
97Le râteau de la méduse5b 2
98Bonboundan5c *1
99Cabessa de mule6a *5
100Chipie5c *5
101Choupette5c *5
102Liqueur de chêne5c *7
103La galéjade6b+ **2
104Les enfants du roc6a ***19
105Westpoint6b ***9
106Pog, Pog, Poggers'6a+ **14
 Alex 
108By night5c **17
109Gross et caille5a **28
110No problèm5c *19
111Désire de velours5a ***50
112Alex5a ***49
113Aladin4c *36
114Jasmine4c *25
115Baja6c+ * 
116Bounie
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7b+ * 
117La cadoune
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7c * 
118Tristes tropiques7b+ **1
119Caduveo
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7c * 
120Boroboro6b+ **13
121Mambikwara7a * 
122Yanomami
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6c * 
 Technogène 
124Tintin
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4a  
125Professer Tournesol4a 6
126Dupond & Dupond
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5c 2
127Tchang5c 5
128Captaine Haddock3 6
129La castafiore3 5
130Milou
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2 2
131Are you radin?5a **16
132Les frontières du néon4c **14
133Les odeurs du charme5c ***44
134La flemme fatale5c ***35
135Technogène5c ***38
136Lycopodium4c ***38
137Le Diktaton4c ***40
138Le signe du blaireau4c **15
139Cadarache4a *16
140La doctoresse du vide4c *2
141Terminator, prends garde!4c **4
142Parodie6a ***16
143Canaquie6b+ ***22
144Caldoquie7a ***13
145Un juste retour des choses6b ** 
 Le Gaga 
147Bagarèdes6a **5
148Banlieue6a **6
149Comédie d'un jour6a ***21
150Golot Fou5c ***30
151Haltes passagères5c ***19
152Tissus de corde5c ***15
153Pipo solo5a **20
154La dulf du nain des falaises6a+ **2
155Verglas d'été6c+ **4
156Le fil d'Ariane6a ***27
157Indiana Jones6a+ **20
158Et paf le chien!6b+ ***14
159Le gaga5c **7
160Monsieur le Belge
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7a+ ***1
161Le verin de l'archipel
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7c+  
162OK Bilboquet
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6c+ ***1
163Le figolu
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6c  
164Petit brun
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6b **2
 Roadside Buttresses 
166E'daski6b **5
167Alexandre du blocos7c+ ** 
168Bill boulette8a ** 
169My biautiful pioulette7a+ ***1
170Hermine troutrou7c *** 
171Coco bel œil7a+ **2
172Power7b+ ***6
173Miss Tintinguette7a ***15
174Fernando fait le rat
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7c **1
175Les eléments ne fond pas de cadeau7b ***4
176Rage de dents7a+ **3
177Etranger aux vérités premières6b+ **21
178Ragondin5c *13
179Plume d'aigle6a *4
180I had a dream6c ***16
181Les quelles qui parlent
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6b 4
182Les assassins sont parmi nous6a+ **6
183Le sot périlleux6b ***23
184Pleine lune7a+ ***9
185Défi7b+ **5
186Moon Safari8a+ *** 
187Métèque et mat6b+ **7
188Croc range
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6a 1
189Luther King5c **10
190Retour de manivelle5a 10
191Africa Queen6a+ ***7
 Grotte d'Atlantis 
193Ema5c **2
194L'iris6a *1
195Kntz6b ***11
196L'ange bafoué6a **3
197Keketols on the moon6a+ ***15
198Casque bleu6b *4
199Crève la dalle6a ***9
200Fortitude5c ***7
201Couleurs d'origine6b ***3
202Réveil matin6b ***10
203Quand les fusils se taisent...6c **4
204Quinze minutes6b ***1
205Bouquet des nerfs7b ** 
206L'essaim de nat6b ***13
207Kricket7c ***4
208Koksinel6a ***22
209Kholéoptèr5c ***11
210Kloport5c ***4
211Uzeb7c+ **1
212Huit B'528a+ ** 
213Atlantis8a *** 
214Le tyran domestique8a+ * 
215Vigie pictrate6c ***6
216Riquiki
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6a ** 
217Maousse kosto
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6c+ ** 
218Aqualung
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6b **4
219Sorglume
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6a+ **1
 L'Hacienda 
221Play with toys
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6a * 
222Once in a lifetime
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6a+ * 
223Papa was a Rolling Stone
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7a+ * 
224Sunflower
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8a * 
225Psychokiller
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7a+ *** 
226The method to our madness
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8b  
227Zen arcade
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7b+ ** 
228Nan'Cherry
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6c+ ** 
229Blablabla
-
6c *** 
230Le conifère Jamaican
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6c+ *** 
231La ronde des helicos
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6b+ ** 
232Restons Francais, soyons Gaulois
-
6a+ *** 
233La ballard de Jim
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6a ***2
234Zig zag avec toi
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6b+ * 
235J'aime regarder les filles
-
6b **2
236Traces de toi
-
6b ** 
237Casa Babylon
-
5c ** 
238P'tis pois/lardons
-
6a+ * 
 WHERE ARE THESE??? 
240Louis
-
6a+ ***1
241Fidele Gastro
-
6a+ 5

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