Deep Water Soloing News: The Verdon and Tombstoning

© udo neumann /
Tombstoning, jumping off cliffs or structures into water, has been in the news both in the UK and the USA recently, with one area in the Eastern USA, Summersville Lake, experiencing a ban on any kind of cliff jumping.

In the UK a 26 year old man almost died this summer after 'tombstoning' at Durdle Door in Dorset, a popular deep water soloing area ( This is just one of many "tombstoning" accidents reported in the mainstream news over the past few years leading some deep water soloing enthusiasts to speculate that there may be a ban on cliff jumping or tombstoning in the UK which could effect climbers and deep water soloing. How such a ban would be implemented is not clear.

Meanwhile in the Verdon, France, Udo Neumann and friends have been "enjoying the Verdon limestone and refreshing water, where the Verdon river enters the Lac de St. Croix."

Check out Daimon Beail's for more DWS news including links to Udo's photographs of climbing above water in the Verdon.

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17 Aug, 2007
He's correcting it. The link, "Lac de St. Croix." works
17 Aug, 2007
Climbing is banned already at Lulworth so I wouldnt see how a ban on cliff jumping would deter the keen deep water soloist any more...
17 Aug, 2007
//,4861.0.html and here
17 Aug, 2007
Well of course. The French are well known for making climbing look more attractive than it actually is.
17 Aug, 2007
Pont d' Arc in the Ardeche is a winner. I got about 35 foot up the east wall before sommersaulting backwards into the river. The Ent ™
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