Altitude 437m a.s.l
A classic 4+ at Baudouvin © Rog Wilko
Coudon is the highest and most northerly of the mini-mountains that surround Toulon. The southern flank of the mountain (and lot of the northern side too) is a long ribbon of high quality limestone in a superb setting. It offers a broad selection of routes with a good spread of grades and a variety of styles here - most teams should find plenty to do here.
Mount Coudon is south facing and catches the sun all day. It makes a good winter venue when the Mistral isn't blowing. It is high enough to catch a bit of a breeze in hot weather although you may also bake. It will dry very quickly after rain and suffers from no seepage.
The cliffs are all reached from above from parking spaces along the narrow Route du Fort Coudon which runs up to the Telecommunications centre in the old fort at the mountain's highest point. The narrow road branches east off the Route de Tourris, 1.3km north from its junction with the D62/D46, the road that loops round to the north of Mount Faron linking the A50 and A57 motorways. This neatly avoids the need to get involved with Toulon city centre.
The cliffs are all approached from above (easy in, harder out!) from one of three parking places.
|Totally agree with the other comments, went here after a disappointing time at Citerne and was blown away by the quality. Went to Citerne saw 4 people, came here and the crag was rammed, trust the locals they know their stuff!|
Zoomer - 28/Oct/11
|This must be one of the best crags in France for quality easier routes. The stars here are justified and more. Rock quality excellent especially at right-hand end, bolting normally generous. But be warned - in hot dry and windy weather the road up to the crag may well be closed on account of fire hazard.|
Rog Wilko - 22/Oct/11
|For the modest climber, this must be one of France's best kept secrets. Had a great session here, 7 routes all worth three stars!|
Rog Wilko - 16/Oct/11