Climbs 72
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 211m a.s.l
Faces W

On Citerne 2, Mont Faron © Rog Wilko

Crag features

Citerne is a pleasantly-situated crag named after the huge water tanks that are partly hidden in the trees below the cliff. The climbing isn't particularly outstanding though the accessibility of the place rather makes up for this. Being so close to the city, it is no surprise that many of the routes, especially the easier ones, are quite polished.

The crag faces west and makes a great afternoon and evening venue. It is exposed to the Mistral and any wild weather blowing in from the west.

Approach notes

Mount Faron is the bulky hill due north of Toulon city-centre and the port. Citernes is the west-most of the three cliffs on Mount Faron and the key to getting to it is to aim for the lower station of the Téléphérique (the one that gives the Téléphérique Crag its name). The coastal A50 (eastern) A57 (western) motorways have a 2.5km section of ‘normal’ trunk road passing through the centre of Toulon, just north of the port. Turn north from the end of either motorway (signed 'Toulon Centre'). Mount Faron and its téléphérique are sign-posted from the city, if in doubt keep heading due north (uphill).

Once at the Téléphérique station, drive past it as the road, the Boulevard de l’Amiral Vence, bends left and becomes the Cornice Emile Fabre and eventually the Route du Faron. This is a narrow winding road leading up to the top of the hill. Follow this until it turns back hard right just above an old fort. Shortly after this on the left is a parking area (steep entry) for about 20 cars. The crag lies five minutes up the steep track that runs out of the back of the car park. This car park is at the point where the steep and narrow one-way-road starts, which runs all the way up the mountain. Make sure you turn right out of the car park on the way home, unless you want to do the full round trip.

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France : C?te d'Azur

Côte d'Azur covers the famous cliffs of Calanques, Sainte Victoire and the Verdon and also includes some of the great venues around Toulon, the sunniest city in France. Plus there is the popular winter venue of Châteauvert, the less well known Esterel and Châteaudouble area. Add in Saint Jeannet and a selection of cliffs in the Nice area and this will become an essential volume for any climber.
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I think you'll find citerne is French for cistern (which is a water tank, BTW)
Rog Wilko - 25/Jan/12
Citerne? should be Cistern i.e. it's a s***hole. Well bolted but it needs to be due to the really polished nature of the easy routes. A large area of rock looks like it is ready to peel off the crag taking with it Moratorium and anyone underneath the routes either side.
Zoomer - 28/Oct/11
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Citerne Left
2 Sahel 6a+ ***  
3 Globe Trotter 6c+ ***  
4 Taxi brousse 7a *  
5 Toucouleur 6b+ *  
6 Vagabond improbable 7a **  
7 La nuit du 4 Août 6c ***  
8 Lieu commun 6a+ *** 1
9 Dépression 6b+ ***  
10 Harmonie buissonnièr 6a ***  
11 9 Thermidor 6a *** 1
12 La promesse de Sébastien 5c *** 1
13 Tiers état 5c *** 1
14 Vingt regards 6b+ ***  
15 Bela krobat 5c **  
16 Pastorale 6a+ *** 1
17 Fréquence cannibale 5c ** 1
18 Loterie solaire 5a ** 3
19 Nomades urbaines 4a ** 4
20 Qui va là? 4a * 3
21 Moratorium 5a * 3
22 Ubik 6a *  
23 Cassiopée 5c *  
24 Chemin faisant 5a *  
25 Lune alphane 5c *  
  Citerne Centre
27 Papa sportiva 6a *  
28 Picoti-Picota 6a *  
29 Vitrine légale 5c * 1
30 Phénomène de basse couche 5a  
31 Taupe-model 5c *  
32 Sous les pavés, la plage 5c ** 2
33 Mistral noir 6a * 1
34 This one man toutou 6b+ *  
35 Plastiquement correct 5a ** 2
36 Angélique et le bon à fied 3 * 1
37 Dame Oisella 5c * 2
38 A droite de l'écaille 5a * 4
39 Toit à moi 5a * 8
40 Un ours pas comme les autres 5a * 5
41 Nicholas et Pimprenella 4a * 11
42 Mon ami Pierre 4c * 5
43 Mon premier surplomb 4a * 9
44 L'écharpe d'iris 4a * 8
  Citerne Right
46 Tous aux abris 3 1
47 L'olivier Sécaté 2 1
48 Basic error 3 6
49 Escalade botanique 3 5
50 L'apl rieuse 3 3
51 Trois petits trous et pouch s'en va 2+  
52 Écolomaso 2 * 2
53 Abondance 2 * 1
54 Essaimage natural 3 *  
55 Pollen 4c ** 8
56 Hivernage 5a ** 3
57 Nathalie premièr 5a * 2
58 Rouge baiser 5c * 2
59 Black lips 6c  
60 Les Oliviers 6b **  
61 Propolis 6a+ *** 2
62 Transhumance 6a *** 1
63 L'initie initiant 5c *** 3
64 Gastron'homme 5c *** 3
65 Pedago enfantine 6a+  
66 Succès d'estime 5a ** 4
67 Liberté surveillée 5c **  
68 Mélodie 5a * 4
69 Marmottine 5c **  
70 Usam 5a ** 3
71 Bébélo 5a ** 2
72 Pamplemousse mécanique 6b+ **  
73 Ça se décolle 5c ** 2
74 Full House 6a+ * 1
75 Res publica 5a 3

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