Altitude 311m a.s.l
OAP Martin leads Polyandrie © LiznLes
Thaurac is an extensive area with many different crags and buttresses - this guidebook covers less than half of what it has to offer. The area has a good range of single- and multi-pitch routes with short approaches. There are plenty of short, low-grade routes for novices, and if you're looking for adventure, a day on La Grande Face should leave you satisfied.
Crags mostly face south or west, so expect to get plenty of sun here. The exception is Arrache-cœur which gets afternoon shade.
Thaurac lies 45km north of Montpelier, right on the edge of the Parc National des Cévennes.
For the crags near the Grotte, you need to approach from St. Bauzille - follow signs from the main road to the Grotte des Demoiselles (there are plenty of signs) and park at the Visitors' Centre. Note that the road is mostly one-way, so you need to drive all the way around each time. To climb at La Grand Face you can park where the one-way road from the Grotte meets the D986 and save driving all the way around.
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