UKC

Climbs 201
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 304m a.s.l
Faces S

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Liz P Houlala II © LiznLes

Crag features

Perched high above an expanse of vineyards, Claret is a crag that makes you think. The holds always seem to face the wrong way, and those that do face the way you want are almost always flat or sloping, making for some surprisingly pumpy climbing on largely vertical terrain. The grades here often feel a bit stiff, a few changes have been made, but it is worth bearing in mind that Claret is technical, and tough, so don't be too hard on yourself if day one wasn't the scene of personal bests being broken.

The crag faces south and gets plenty of sun. On a sunny winter's day Claret can be a delight. In warm weather the polished, sloping holds do not make for an enjoyable climbing experience, although there is plenty of shade for your belayer. Steeper routes will tend to seep a bit after prolonged rain, but the compact rock dries very quickly making it a good destination if it's been wet and the tufas are dripping.

Approach notes

From Claret village, follow the D107 for 3.3km, through Les Embruscalles in the direction of the big crag on the hillside. There are a couple of parking bays on the side of the road just past a tower on the right.

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Guidebooks

France : Languedoc-Roussillon

The third book in the Rockfax France series covers the extensive and fertile climbing area west of the author's previous guide to Haute Provence. The areas covered largely surround the beautiful Parc National des Cévennes, but also includes crags that are close to the cities of Nimes and Avignon.
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