Climbs 74
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 366m a.s.l
Faces S

Hortus - left (main) crag © Andy Chubb

Crag features

Hortus is a crag unlike any other in this guide. Although just down the road from Claret, Hortus is not somewhere you will ever find a crowd. In fact, you are likely to have the crag to yourself. The reason for this is that Hortus is a lot more adventurous than your typical French crag. Although there are bolts, you should not rely on your chosen route being a clip-up, and a small trad rack is worth having even if you are confident you won't need it.

The crag has a number of aid routes - these have mostly been left out, but their existence should be noted when route-finding. Belays are not always the neat two-bolts-and-a-chain affairs found elsewhere - expect to hunt around for pitons and threads and be able to equalise them - and be prepared to leave gear behind if you need to retreat. The designated abseil descents should be used and having a pair of half ropes is preferable to a single rope. Grades will often feel quite stiff here, so it's worth starting off conservatively to get a feel for the place.

If you haven't been put off, Hortus is well-worth your time - the lines are stunning, the positions memorable, and you're sure to have an adventure to remember long after you've forgotten the rest of your trip.

The crag is south-facing and gets a lot of sun. It is also exposed to the wind.

Approach notes

The crag lines north of the D1 section of road linking St. Martin-de-Londres and St. Mathieu-de-Tréviers. Right next to the 28km marker-post on the D1, a large track leads off towards the cliff. Park at the wide parking area at the start of this track, and walk up about 1km towards the crag, until 50m before you reach an old metal gate ('Interdit' sign). From here, take a winding path leading off to the left. A path leads along the base of the crag in both directions. Take care if you find yourself below other climbers, as there is a fair amount of loose rock about.

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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
 Secteur des Dalles 
2L'araignée7a+ * 
3Atlantis8a+ * 
4Jihad6c+ ** 
5Le choucas aux yeux bleus8a * 
6La sécottitine8a * 
7L'anathème6c **1
8Les dalles6c+ ** 
9Les mules c'est leste7a+ ** 
10La manganiA2 ** 
11La tartarouge6c ** 
12Zénith7b+ ** 
14La roche aux fées6c ** 
15Gloire à Ryobi7b ** 
16Les grenoblois7a ** 
17Le plaisir naît dans l'attente7a *** 
18Au loin la liberté7b ** 
19Toute l'Afrique est dans l'attente6b+ ** 
20Les guerriers du désespoir7c+ *** 
21Liaisons dangereuses7b ** 
23Les plombiers6a+ **1
24La pinacothèque6b ** 
25Super Banco7a * 
26Le Pendentif6b *** 

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