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Climbs 68
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 131m a.s.l
Faces N

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General view of Les Branches, La Grotte area, from the East side © Mark Pashley

Crag features

A tough crag with a mixture of steep tufa climbs and long technical wall climbs. A great place to escape the heat.

Facing north, the crag gets almost no sun, so is a fine place to head to avoid the heat. During the winter and spring you should expect to find some or all of the tufas dripping wet, but there are plenty of routes on the vertical walls further left.

Approach notes

The following approach can be used from September to May (when the campsite is closed). From Vallon, follow the D579 towards Salavas and Barjac. On leaving Salavas, take a road on the left named Route des Chassel, the turning is marked by a plethora of signs, including a sign for Les Blanches Camping. Continue along this road until a cliff on the right with space to park below, a couple of hundred metres before Les Blanches.

Continue on foot past a couple of gates respecting the fact that this is private land, when you reach a very large building on the right (the one made from stone, wood, and metal) drop down and pass a small playground on your right. Continue close to the river, the road crosses a small stream and ends. Just before it ends, head up on another road to another camping area. Take the first turning on your left and follow the road until it ends at a wide area. From here things get a bit Indiana Jones. Follow a trail next to the river, crossing a small stream (very slippery - the stream can be bypassed on the right if it's really flowing). After a short while you come to a crag, the second half of which is traversed using a fixed rope. Continue along the trail for about 250m to reach the right-hand end of the crag.

From September to May you must cross the river from the Pont d'Arc. From Vallon pick up the D290 and follow it for 4km until you see an extensive car park on your left next to a restaurant. Park here, cross the road and walk back in the direction of Vallon for no more than 50m, and you will reach a smaller parking area on the left side of the road. From here a track leads down to a pleasant beach west of the Pont d'Arc. Cross the river however you choose and continue in a westerly direction (up-river) until you reach the crag on your left.

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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
49 Paradise of the Bites 7c ** 1
50 OGM 8b ***  
51 La Mauvaise Graine 8a+ ** 1
52 Bite of Paradise 7b+ ** 2
53 Transgénèse 8c **  
54 Flagoda Jones 8b+  
55 Amour et Compassion 8b+ **  
56 Chronopost 8a *** 1
57 Chronopost Extension 8c ***  
58 Welcome to Disneyland 7b+ *** 3
59 Primitif 6b+ *** 13
60 Primitif Extension 1 7a+ ***  
61 Primitif Extension 2 7b+ ***  
62 Nikita cot cot 7c+ *** 3
63 Le Club des Cinq 8b+ ***  
64 La Bouga 7c+ ***  
65 La Bouga Extension 8c+ ***  
66 Unknown ?  
67 Le Complexe de la Fourmi 8b ***  
68 Couci 7b+ *  
69 Un été d'enfer 6c  
70 Pour Doudou 6b * 1

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