Altitude 623m a.s.l
Hanging out on Dame de Sabart (8a). At this grade it only crosses half of the roof! © chez Arran
An amazing piece of rock, only a short distance from the road (set behind the local scrap yard), consisting of a truly immense cave and some lesser, though still quite respectable, walls away to the left. The cave is one of the three main entrances to the Sabart/Niaux/Lombrives cave system which contains over 40km of passages. The routes here are almost exclusively black-spots, and the upper end of that too, but if you are up to it there are some outstanding exercises here.
Sections of the cave seep after wet weather, but there is almost always a lot of dry rock here no matter how hard it is raining. The cave has its own micro-climate; cool in the summer, warm in the winter.
From the easterly roundabout in Tarascon, turn right towards Vicdessos and drive for a couple of hundred metres to the Tarascon town sign. Just beyond this there is parking on the left by some gates which are usually chained shut. Do not park in front of the gate as heavy machinery requires access.
Pass round the right side of the gate and follow the track up for 5 minutes towards the cliff. As this flattens off, a narrow path heads left into the trees and weaves up to before splitting where it flattens out. The Main Cave is just to the right.
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