Altitude 211m a.s.l
Two good "4s" on Citerne 3 © Rog Wilko
Citerne is a pleasantly-situated crag named after the huge water tanks that are partly hidden in the trees below the cliff. The climbing isn't particularly outstanding though the accessibility of the place rather makes up for this. Being so close to the city, it is no surprise that many of the routes, especially the easier ones, are quite polished.
The crag faces west and makes a great afternoon and evening venue. It is exposed to the Mistral and any wild weather blowing in from the west.
Mount Faron is the bulky hill due north of Toulon city-centre and the port. Citernes is the west-most of the three cliffs on Mount Faron and the key to getting to it is to aim for the lower station of the Téléphérique (the one that gives the Téléphérique Crag its name). The coastal A50 (eastern) A57 (western) motorways have a 2.5km section of ‘normal’ trunk road passing through the centre of Toulon, just north of the port. Turn north from the end of either motorway (signed 'Toulon Centre'). Mount Faron and its téléphérique are sign-posted from the city, if in doubt keep heading due north (uphill).
Once at the Téléphérique station, drive past it as the road, the Boulevard de l’Amiral Vence, bends left and becomes the Cornice Emile Fabre and eventually the Route du Faron. This is a narrow winding road leading up to the top of the hill. Follow this until it turns back hard right just above an old fort. Shortly after this on the left is a parking area (steep entry) for about 20 cars. The crag lies five minutes up the steep track that runs out of the back of the car park. This car park is at the point where the steep and narrow one-way-road starts, which runs all the way up the mountain. Make sure you turn right out of the car park on the way home, unless you want to do the full round trip.
|I think you'll find citerne is French for cistern (which is a water tank, BTW)|
Rog Wilko - 25/Jan/12
|Citerne? should be Cistern i.e. it's a s***hole. Well bolted but it needs to be due to the really polished nature of the easy routes. A large area of rock looks like it is ready to peel off the crag taking with it Moratorium and anyone underneath the routes either side.|
Zoomer - 28/Oct/11