Climbs 201
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 304m a.s.l
Faces S

Liz P Houlala II © LiznLes

Crag features

Perched high above an expanse of vineyards, Claret is a crag that makes you think. The holds always seem to face the wrong way, and those that do face the way you want are almost always flat or sloping, making for some surprisingly pumpy climbing on largely vertical terrain. The grades here often feel a bit stiff, a few changes have been made, but it is worth bearing in mind that Claret is technical, and tough, so don't be too hard on yourself if day one wasn't the scene of personal bests being broken.

The crag faces south and gets plenty of sun. On a sunny winter's day Claret can be a delight. In warm weather the polished, sloping holds do not make for an enjoyable climbing experience, although there is plenty of shade for your belayer. Steeper routes will tend to seep a bit after prolonged rain, but the compact rock dries very quickly making it a good destination if it's been wet and the tufas are dripping.

Approach notes

From Claret village, follow the D107 for 3.3km, through Les Embruscalles in the direction of the big crag on the hillside. There are a couple of parking bays on the side of the road just past a tower on the right.

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Guidebooks

France : Languedoc-Roussillon

The third book in the Rockfax France series covers the extensive and fertile climbing area west of the author's previous guide to Haute Provence. The areas covered largely surround the beautiful Parc National des Cévennes, but also includes crags that are close to the cities of Nimes and Avignon.
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Escalator 
2Miss Pascale5c *5
3Miss Hélène6a *4
4The Nose6b+ **1
5Dirty Old Town6b *1
6Crapaudrome6a+ ** 
7Le péril jaune6b+ *** 
8L'escaille est6a *3
9Spleen d'un jour d'été6a+ *1
10Martin Luther King6b+ *** 
11Equip' blues6b *1
12Offre partie culière6b+ **1
13Fiesta dies7a+ *2
14Columna6c+ ** 
15Cabine 136a 4
16Escalator5a 7
17La berge du ravin5c 5
 King of Bong 
19Miss terre en péril6c+ ** 
20Trois miettes pour les vautours
-
7a+  
21Echelle de riche terre
-
5c  
22Le mythe de sisyphe
-
6c  
23Room 1056c+ * 
24Le pompon7a * 
25Densite 2,76b+ ** 
26Phlyctène6c **1
27Pierre tombale
-
6b+  
28Margot6a **7
29Tac tac6a+ **10
30For Lulu5c **9
31Rêve de loup6b **7
32Cool Fine Nice6b+ **6
33Escalope sur belle salade6c **2
34Double emploi6b+ **4
35Hoegaarden6c **1
36Les miraculés de Claret6c+ ***9
37Je participe aussi5c *5
38Jolie bouse6b+ *4
39Faim: maux de l'histoire7a+ ***1
40King of Bongo7a+ ***5
41L'odyssee noire7a+ ***1
42Suzanne7b+ ** 
43L'agonie pour les tontons macoutes7b **2
44La rancon du succes7a+ **3
45Voodoo7b **5
46Faraboum7c+ *** 
47Les crétins en surnombre7c+ *** 
48El Bicho
-
8a  
 Catalepsie 
50Hot tension7c+ *** 
51Le bon bout d'un blanc7b+ *** 
52Adieu la foule7c+ *** 
53Alter ego7b+ ***1
54Super cent plombs8b+ *** 
55Super Samson8b+ *** 
56Guerre d'usure7a+ ***3
57Guerre d'usure Extension8c *** 
58Catalepsie8a+ *** 
59Elzevir6c+ **1
60Elzevir Extension8b+ ** 
61Autodidacte7c **2
62Macao8a *** 
63Double Nelson8a  
64Clair-obscur6c ***7
65Nux vomica7c+ * 
66Orgao7b **4
67Putain de frigo7c+ ** 
68Curacao7b * 
69Sekombien6c 1
70Sekombien Extension
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9a  
71Oh My God!7a **4
72Oh My God! Extension7b+ ** 
73Vol de rétro sans O27b ***2
74La Renaissance de Harlem7b+ ***1
 Biotope 
76Anti-g7c *** 
77Malik7b ***1
78L'œil du maître7c *** 
79L'œil du maître Extension 7c *** 
80Interdit de séjour7c+ *** 
81Scalata7b+ ***2
82Collapsus7b+ **2
83Cola Plus
-
7b+  
84Cola Plus Plus
-
7c+  
85Artotheque7c+ *** 
86Abri-bus7c ***1
87Biotope8b+ *** 
88Makossa7c+ ***1
89Faux plafond7c ***1
90Les enculés du front7c+ ** 
91Belinogramme7c ** 
92Théodolite8a ***1
93Opération bicornis7b+ ** 
94Arboricole7b+ * 
95Le bal de la sueur7b ** 
96Claretman Dement7b ** 
97Cavernicole7a+ **1
98Kilotonnique7c+ *** 
99Araldite8a *** 
100Travail de glandes7b *** 
 Cavernicole 
102Awele7a 5
103Belle embolie7b+  
104L'estouffade7a+ * 
105Happy Birthday7a * 
106Squale7a * 
107Black and White7b **1
108Houlala6b+ ***4
109Caraïbe7a+ **1
110Tarif plein ciel7b+ ***1
111Classe économique7b ** 
112La saison des amours7a+ **5
113Il fut un temps6c ** 
114Au Nom Des Peres
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6b+  
115L'appel du bistrot7b+ ** 
116L'excellent toucher vaginal du docteur7b *** 
117Intervalle lucide7a  
118Vésanie7a+ ** 
119Le mot de Président7a ** 
120Toussaint louverture6c+ ** 
121Des vers solitaires in Fred7a+ ** 
122Des Margouillats plein les murs6c+ ** 
123Les Vignerons de Claret6c **2
 Tarzoon 
125Zuthôs and pécôs for ricôs6c+ *** 
126Tarzoon7a ***3
127Furia7a+ ***1
128Horrible et mental7a+ 2
129TTCI7b+ ** 
130L'abidjanaise7a **1
131Chuuut au sol8a+ *** 
132Linéa7b *** 
133Amnésie internationale7b+ ***1
134Céramic VI7b ** 
135Faux et usage de faux7a+ ** 
136Le Diable s'habille en Prana
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6c  
137Locos et cons a la fois6c+ *** 
138No Photocop!7b ** 
139Chronaxie8a ***1
140Malaga7b+ *** 
141Double Penetration7c *** 
142Double Penetration Direct7b+ *** 
143Il est libre max7b+ *** 
144Vis comica7b+ *** 
145Coït ou double6a ***7
146Message personnel: "AVFF"6b+ **4
147Trou d'air6c **1
148Anastasie6c **2
149Somalie7a+ ** 
 Hosanna 
151Le gardien du temple6b+ ** 
152Les trois fils du métek7a ** 
153Maastricht7a+ ***1
154Casus belli7a ***3
155Sarajevo7a+ *** 
156Taxifolia6b+ ***2
157Beati pauperes spiritu6c+ *** 
158Les fissures du pré d'aphrodite6b ***1
159La ligne marginaux6b **3
160Les louanges des griots6b+ * 
161Best-seller6c * 
162Welcome Back6c * 
163L'honneur perdu des casques bleus6c * 
164Loin des yeux, loin du cœur6c * 
165Hosanna6c **1
166La sève d'elaeis7b ** 
167Infundibulum in delirium6c+ **1
168Microlax7a+ **1
169Xilix7a+ **1
170Impatients..7b ** 
171Business is Bussiness7b * 
172Les sujets de sa thèse6c * 
173Le chirurgien de la glotte n'est pas poli7b *1
174La degradation des droits de l'homme
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6b 1
175Tibet libre
-
6c  
 Soweto 
177A gauche de libertaire
-
5b 1
178Libertaire6b **4
179Africa Unite6b+ ***2
180United Colors in the World6b+ ***3
181Red Red Wine6b **2
182Passage à l'euro7a ** 
183Soweto6c **4
184Rasta Revolution6c+ ***2
185Cayenne6a+ ***2
186La "hugolin"6c *1
187Gandhi, le Mahatma6c * 
188La force de l'Ame7a+ ***2
189Drôle de nuit7a+ ** 
190Les chants noirs7a ** 
191Cacachouete7a ** 
192La came isole7a **1
193Mise en croix7a ** 
194Verticalidem7a ** 
195Effets de cul7a ** 
196Popers7a ** 
197Les tueurs de la vache qui rient6c ** 
198Peul6a+ **3
199Yatagan
-
6b 3
200Boite à gants
-
6b  
201God's finger
-
7a 1
202Ovomaltine
-
6c 2
203Indigotine
-
6b+ 4
204Scintigraphie
-
6c 1
205Mascarade
-
6b 3
206Woolite
-
6c+  
207Quinquina
-
6c+  
208Epilogue
-
6a 3
209The End (Fin)
-
5c 2

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