Climbs 64
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 550m a.s.l
Faces S

Ray on Charles de Goal © henry.jeffreys

Crag features

Volx is a great crag for when it's raining and everything else is soaking since you can be sure to find something dry. There are a number of slabby sectors to the right of the Grottes, but they are not protected from the rain.

As mentioned, much of Volx is impervious to rain, so it's a popular spot on a wet day. You'll get plenty of sun too, though in the winter months you'll need to stick around on the right side of the Grotte to get the most rays. During the summer, Volx isn't as much as a sun trap as you might expect, the steepness of the rock acts as an excellent sun-shade and you can expect to find plenty of shade on the rock in the afternoon and the evening. 

Despite its limitations, Volx has seen some heavy traffic over the years. The result of this is some impressive polish. This is less of an issue on the steeper, juggy routes than it is on the slabbier ones, L'arche de Nausée in particular is now so polished that it is worth climbing to see just how polished it is.

There has been some stability work carried out on the cliff to protect the local buildings. As yet this has not impacted on any of the routes listed although it is not known what future plans there are.

Approach notes

Volx lies above the village of the same name, just off the D4096. At some lights, head up through the town then around to the right past the church and the mini fountain (drinking water). Turn right at the sign 'site d'escalade' and continue until you come to a second sign. Don't turn right up the hill as there is no parking, instead continue briefly and take a left into a car park. From here, return to the 'site d'escalade' sign and follow the road steeply up the hill for five minutes until you reach the crag. There's a toilet on site.

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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 La Grotte 
2Génération Écologie7a+ *1
3Safe Sex7b+ * 
4Scandale8a * 
5Youpala8a+ * 
6Bienvenue au Club7c+ * 
7Zarbie7b **4
8Hot Spot6b+ **32
9Indulgence7a **30
10Traquenard7b **8
11Conan le Barbare7a+ **6
12Le Clown Entre les Dents7c+ ** 
13L'InversĂ©e Satanique8a+  
1420 Ans Après7c+ 1
15Oxygène7c 2
16Oxygène Directe7c  
17100% De Matière Grasse7c+ *** 
18Charles de Goal7b ***25
19Zovirax7c+ *1
20Zovirax Extension8b * 
21L'Empire des Sens8a+ * 
22Vague8b * 
23Spinoza7b+ *9
24Spinoza Direct8a **1
25L'Invitation au Voyage7c+ *1
26Hueco7b+ ***17
27Shaoshing8a ***2
28ThĂ©orème8b ** 
29Gradiva8a+ ** 
30L'Arche de Nausée7a+ 5
31La NausĂ©e de l'Aube7b  
32Terminator8b ** 
33Le Super Plafond8c+ ** 
34Le Plafond de la Ligne Maginot8c ** 
35Zig Zag7c+ ** 
36Zig Zag Extension8a ** 
370% Matière Grise7c **3
38Zelig8a ** 
39Zelig Crac Bottin8b ** 
40Zorro6c+ **7
41Cajolynn6a *7
42Siurana6a+ **7
43La Clara5c *3
 La Petite Grotte 
45Newlook7b * 
46Grottesque8a+ *** 
47Petit Test8a ** 
48Samourai7c+ * 
49Riders on the Storm7b * 
50Consolidation6b+ *3
51Les Estagnots6b *1
52Bascule6a *1
 Other routes not in Rockfax 
54Voie d'anglais
6b+ 2
6a+ 1
56Tac et Toc Bacaro
6b 3
6a 2
58La Dalle En Pente4a 3
59La Minotte4c 3
60Casse Dalle3+ 3
61CM14c 3
62La Moule4c 3
63College5a 3
64Route 3 Voie D'Initiation4a 3
65Route 4 Voie D'Initiation4a 3
66Route 6 Voie D'Initiation4a 3
67Route 7 Voie D'Initiation4a 3

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