The Gorges du Tarn is located outside the town of Millau in the Aveyron region. The Tarn is a popular vacation area for families in the summer and it's a spectacular place to climb mostly long single-pitch sport routes on streaked golden limestone. Some of the pitches are really long - a 70 or 80 meter rope is required in places. The rock quality is generally superb and the scenery is gorgeous. It was my experience that the sub-5.11 routes here generally didn't compare in quality to the harder pitches, so come strong if you want to experience the best the Tarn has. In the summer it can be hot, especially as all of the walls are on the same side of the river and most get sun throughout the day, but the river below offers refreshment. There is also really nice family-style camping to be had for about 6 euros per day. And, when you tire of the Tarn, the Gorges de la Jonte is right around the corner.
From Millau, take the D907 towards Le Rozier and follow it past Les Vignes. Most of the climbing is found between Les Vignes and La Malène. Most of the crags have short (5 - 10 min) uphill approaches.
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Bar Bitterique 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ E7 6c Europe : France : Gorges Du Tarn
This is a short bouldery route in the Secteur Gullich, which is a small crag so named for the small pockets and gymnastic moves on the routes here. Bar Bitterique takes the center line up the steepest section of the wall and strings together a sequence of powerful, dynamic moves on small pockets with some strenuous clips along the way. A really nice climb and somewhat atypical for the Tarn....[more] Browse More Classics in International
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