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The ambiance at sector Balcon in the Gorges des Gouleyrous © LeeWood

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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-
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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