Climbing banned in France

Due to the ongoing spread of Coronavirus, France has banned all climbing. Continuing to do so not only puts people at risk, but can also put more strain on emergency workers. Please do not climb here.

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Climbs 377
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 98m a.s.l
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The ambiance at sector Balcon in the Gorges des Gouleyrous © LeeWood

Crag features

Sport climbing venue par excellence with good selection of low to mid grade climbs. Many sectors are in the Gorge des Gouleyrous but many more outlying, with all orientations represented to adapt for sun/shade and the infernal Tramontane (wind).

The greater region 'Route de Grimpe' was closed down by an accident in 2010. Tautavel re-opened in 2015. Oct 2019: most surrounding crags eg. Vingrau are now open but may not have been subject to the same scrupulous cleaning and provisions of security as Tautavel. They have been classified 'Terrain de Aventure' which simply means 'mountain conditions' - with which we are all familiar - requiring the usual due care and attention.
 

Climbed in Tautavel today - as mentioned before there's a sign that says about enjoying the "leisure prospects" of the gorge (climbing in particular). Plenty of parties climbing there today so regardless of an "official ban" I think it would be safe to say anyone who's keen would be able to rock up (pun intended?) and climb. Shame that some of the local climbers leave their ropes up while they go for a swim and take up lines but otherwise an absolutely astonishing crag and gorge!
JonoDHawkins - 27/Jun/15
Any updates as to the situation in this area would be great- at the moment the official French site says all the crags are still closed- http://www.ffme.fr/site/falaise-liste.html?DEPARTEMENT=66
steve4736 - 08/Mar/15
Update to previous comment: I climbed at the Gorge w/c 16/02/15. It has been extensively rebolted very recently - the bolts/resin look new and the old bolts can be seen lying around on the rock, so must be since the December floods. In addition, 2 large new signs have gone up extolling the leisure possibilities of the gorge area which specifically mention climbing as an activity. Furthermore, I could see no sign of the 'Interdit' notice which was there in 2013. So, I'm personally happy to climb there, BUT I haven't checked this through the tourist office so you should make your own choice.
jandyd05 - 23/Feb/15
See previous commment (Jul 13) re Tautavel and other route de grimnpe climbs. Climbing in the area is technically 'interdit' but Tautavel is still being climbed by french locals, spaniards and ex-pat brits. The bolt failure in question was not at Tautavel but more recently bolted venues - so its your choice, climb at own risk!
jandyd05 - 02/Feb/15
Told by the staff in Tautavel Tourist Info (23/1/15) that they no longer stock the guidebook as all climbing at Vingrau, Tautavel and Maury is 'interdit'.
Andy Say - 02/Feb/15
Route de Grimpe crags have access problems since bolt failures (epoxy) 2yrs ago. Tautavel has some notices posted but no 1st bolt-hangars removed and no policing. Climbed here July 2013 no probs.
LeeWood - 27/Jul/13
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Les Gouleyrous - Lulu SE
2 Zapleventre
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7a+  
3 Locauxmotive
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6a+ ** 1
4 Super Crountch
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7b  
5 Lulu
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6b *** 1
6 Entre 2 Siestes 6b ** 2
  Les Gouleyrous - Terasses SE - old
8 Ni dieu, ni bete 4a 4
9 Commes des betes 4a 4
10 The Factory 5a 4
11 Chauffe l'esargot 5a 5
12 Caram ! 5a 4
13 Poco Loco 5a 4
14 Spindrift 5a 5
15 Chambre avec vue 5a 5
16 Water low 5a 4
  Les Gouleyrous - Terrasses SE
18 Pomme d'Amour
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6b+  
19 Fleur d'Amande
-
6b  
20 Anneaux de Jade
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6a+ ** 1
21 A la Lueur des Ombres
-
6a+  
22 Laveur de Cerveaux
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6b *** 1
23 Le Temple de Soleil
-
5c  
  Les Gouleyrous - Initiation E
25 Gordi
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5c * 2
26 Gorda
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5c * 4
27 Buena Vista
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5c * 7
28 La Tranquility
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5c * 2
29 Els pingos 4b 9
30 La rue 3a 6
31 Les pygmees 5b 12
32 Oui-Oui 4a 2
33 Salsa pareil 4c 7
34 Adibou L1
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4c * 5
35 Adibou L2
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5c ** 4
36 Duredure 3a 5
37 Emboulingue 5c 7
38 Le Thym 4c 5
39 Le Chene 4c 8
40 Et moi 5a 9
41 Et toi 5a 4
42 Ariel 5b 4
43 Bambi 5c 1
44 Un petit CAF ...ard 5a 1
  Les Gouleyrous - Destin Farceur E
46 Fossil de Mai
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3a 1
47 Nobody Home
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5a * 3
48 Hey You
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6a * 4
49 Cri de Panique
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6b 6
50 Paradice Plaza
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5c * 8
51 Turlututu 5c * 4
52 Le Jardins de babylone
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6a *** 3
53 Le Destin Farceur
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5c *** 7
54 Kaya
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5c *** 5
55 Amazone
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5a ** 2
  Les Gouleyrous - Petit Baigneur W
57 Al Capone
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6a ** 1
58 Les Incorruptibles
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6a ***  
59 Le Petit Prince
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6b **  
60 Les Temps Moderne
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6a *  
61 La Salsa
-
5c  
62 Les Chercheurs d'Or
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6a *** 1
63 Mal de Cap
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6b+  
64 Petit Baigneur
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6a+ ** 1
65 La Samba
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6b *  
66 L'Agonie de Marchand des Pommes
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6b **  
67 Pere Mouls
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6c **  
68 Prélade
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6a * 1
69 Wizard's Song
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6a ** 2
70 Tequiero 6a ** 3
  Les Gouleyrous - à Corps et à Cris E
72 Arc en Ciel
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6c+  
73 La Corrida
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6c  
74 La Vie est Belle
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7a+  
75 5eme Sens
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6c  
76 6eme Sens
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6c  
Climb name Grade
77 Jour de Pluie
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6c+  
78 La Corde Cassee
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6c ** 1
79 Travailla Dosa
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6b+ ** 1
80 Sur un Arbre Perché
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6a * 2
  Les Gouleyrous - Cirque de JM W
82 La Grandiose et le Sacré
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6b+  
83 L'Apres Fête
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6b  
84 Et va la Haut
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6a  
85 La Tête sur les Epaules
-
6a  
  Les Gouleyrous - Grotte Techno W
87 Be Happy
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6a+ * 1
88 Alegria
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6b+ ** 1
89 La Bomba 6c+ **  
90 El diablo 6c *** 1
91 Festival Techno
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6b+ * 1
92 La Renfougne
-
6b  
  Les Gouleyrous - Balcon Gauche E
94 Mistery
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6b+  
95 La Festa
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6c+  
96 Qubism
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7a+  
97 Cours Forest 6b *** 2
98 La Bellesa del Dimoni
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6b+  
99 Chauffe Catala 6c *** 1
100 Obsession
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6b+  
101 Vendetta
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6b  
102 Metamorphose
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6b  
  Les Gouleyrous - Balcon Droit E
104 Le Goutte à Goutte
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5b  
105 Chatounette
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5c ** 1
106 Le rêver pour de Vrai
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6c+  
107 Palabre 6a+ ** 2
108 La Rêve de Lumiére
-
7a  
109 Peau de Chagrin 6b+ *** 1
110 L'Esprit Equipe 6c ** 1
111 L'Oeil de Cyclone
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6b+  
112 Les Seins de Glaces 6a ** 2
113 Foire d'Empoigne
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6c  
114 Fleur de Canelle
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6c+  
115 Carbonate Mortel
-
6c  
  Les Gouleyrous - Poignees d'Amour W
117 La Ultima Olla 7a *** 1
118 Danebad 6c *** 1
119 Clandestino
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6b+  
120 Angle Rentrant
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6c  
  Les Gouleyrous - Le Pilier W
122 Cool et Douce
-
7b  
123 Plein Ciel
-
6b  
124 Petite Trainee 7a+ ** 1
125 Sun on the Beach
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7a+  
126 Les Ailes de Desir
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7a+  
127 Cayens
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6c  
128 Double Scotch
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6c+  
  Les Gouleyrous - La Plage E
130 Venga
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8a ***  
131 Gaffe dans la Dos
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7a  
132 Craspouilles
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6b+ * 1
133 Schtroumpfette
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6a+  
  Les Gouleyrous - Cabrils NW
135 La Clef d'Hiram
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6a+  
  Les Gouleyrous - Haptonautes W
137 First Round
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5c  
138 I Feal Weak
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6b+  
139 Titou de Bois
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6c+  
140 L'Autre Gauche
-
7a  
141 Detour
-
5c  
142 No Water
-
6b+  
143 Going Down Slowly
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6c+  
144 Non Troppo
-
6a+  
  Les Gouleyrous - Petite Falaise S
146 Y
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6b+  
147 Echappee belle
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6b  
148 Passager clandestin
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5c 1
149 Rideau de Gwendal
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4c 1
150 O Sole Mio
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5a 1
151 Carnavalada
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5c  
152 Indien
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6a+  
Climb name Grade
153 Sternschnuppe
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6a  
154 Natalik
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6a+  
155 Octopussy
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6a+  
156 Tout va mal 6a  
157 Don Quixote
-
6a  
158 Elternal Flame
-
6c  
159 Au dela de la verticale
-
5b  
160 Delicatessen
-
6b+  
  Le Bousquet SE
162 Marie et Vous
-
5b  
163 Black Houille
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6a * 2
164 Chemin Faisant
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6a+ ** 1
165 Finger in the Nose
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6b *** 1
166 Start-up
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6a+ *** 1
167 Envoyé Spatial
-
6c+  
168 Securité Securitat
-
7a  
169 Supercrack
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5c ** 2
170 Essaim de Bakelite
-
6b+  
171 La Sans Nom
-
6c  
172 Diedre
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6b+ ** 1
173 Lait Haut
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6b+ ** 1
174 La Cathy
-
6b  
175 La Un Pas
-
6b  
  La Devéze S
177 J.B. 007 7b+ 2
178 Archange
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7c ***  
179 Revelation 7c 1
180 Ligne de Front
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7a  
181 Haut les Mains
-
7a  
182 Marque sans Chaise
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6b+  
183 Séverine c'est ma Cousine
-
6c  
184 Problematique d'un reta avorté
-
6c  
185 Les Lolos de Sosso
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6a  
186 Les Bouboules à Bobo
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6a  
187 Sur une Jambe, il equipait
-
6a+  
  St. Martin NE
189 Danger Tir de Mine 6b+ ** 1
190 Comme une Cri de Coeur 6c+ *** 1
191 Intime Conviction 7a *** 1
192 Journée Ordinaire 6b+ ** 1
  L'Alzine - Gauche SE
194 Elisa 6a 3
195 Isabel 6a+ 1
196 Marie 5b * 2
197 Bimbarole volant 5c * 2
198 Ni maître ni dieu 6a+ * 1
199 Langoustine 6b+ *** 3
200 Bagdad Café
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6b ** 1
201 La Fille Sans Coeur
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6a+ ** 4
202 Ciel, mon Mari 7a 1
203 La forme sauvage 6b * 1
  L'Alzine - Droite SE
205 Rififi 5c ** 1
206 Le Beau Voyage 6b+ *** 1
207 Une Tranche de Vie
-
6a 4
208 Histoire d'O2
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5c * 2
209 Sacrilege
-
6a * 5
210 Ca va, Ca vient
-
5c * 2
211 Easy Way
-
5c * 3
212 Aurelie
-
5c * 1
  Alentou - Amont NW
214 Tetras Cassé 6b+ * 1
215 8 Goujons Pour Un Heron 6c ** 1
216 Vol d'un Corps Beau 7a ** 1
217 L'Ere des Aigles 6a 1
218 Vers Double pour une Alouette 6c+ * 1
  Alentou - Historique N
220 Jamais plus jamais
-
8a **  
  Alentou - Aval N
222 Sandanista
-
7a  
  Le Château - Deux Fréres SE
224 Dragon
-
4c  
  Le Château - Château NW
226 Homo Verticalis
-
6a+  

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