Altitude 677m a.s.l
Le vase de sevres © Gareth H
The Jonte is not a particularly well-known area, climbers visiting the Gorge du Tarn just up the road are often entirely unaware of its existence, which is surprising, when you consider it has a much longer climbing history. The Jonte is home to an astounding number of superb routes, following a mixture of strong natural lines and stark faces, reaching about 150m in height. While not exactly big-wall climbs, they provide a great deal of atmosphere and exposure.
Many of the routes in the Jonte were originally climbed before the era of bolting, and many traditionally-protected routes remain, offering something that few French crags can. A word of warning though: its traditional past is very much in evidence in the grades (especially in the 5s and low 6s) which will feel distinctly tough in comparison to those of the nearby Tarn and Boffi, especially when you're three pitches up, so take it easy to begin with.
The crag generally faces south and gets a lot of sun. However, it is worth noting that routes following corners will get sun or shade depending on the time of day. The long routes, which are typical of the crag, are likely to get a cooling breeze when you get towards the top, so it's worth taking a windproof even if it's hot down low.
The crag lies just north of the D996, and is walking distance from Le Rozier/Peyreleau. From the road, a number of paths lead up to the various sectors. Parking on the roadside is limited, and it is important to not obstruct traffic.
|A great cragg if you find the Tarn a bit tough. Beware the walk in can be very steep so takes a bit longer than it looks. Look out for the eagles hunting in the valley! |
samnbuk - 26/Aug/16