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Seynes

By: Luigi Billoro
Country: France, Region: Languedoc-Roussillon, Town: Seynes (Gard)

With over 340 rock climbs, Seynes is one of the main sport climbing areas in the south of France, located just north of the city Nîmes.

This cliff is comprised of extremely compact limestone with very peculiar crimps and tufas. The walls are all well-bolted and a 70 m rope is sufficient. Almost all climbs are natural, but even here there are signs of the period when some believed chipping to be the future… having said that, the crag certainly deserves a visit.

The main sector is made up of compact yellowish-grey walls crossed with tufas of all shapes and sizes, some of which even create enormous natural chimneys. The first part is reserved for good climbers with famous routes such as Dinosaure 8a+, while the magnificent Le tube neural is a chimney which shouldn't be missed at a more amenable 6c+.

Exposed south, the best time of year is winter but the crag is well ventilated during spring and autumn as it receives northerly winds that create ideal friction!

GETTING THERE

The crag is located between Alès to the west and Bagnols-sur-Cèze to the east. From Bagnols, take the second fork towards Seynes, but do not enter the village. The crag is located on the road parallel to the main roard. Park along this smaller road.

NOTES

There have been access problems in the past but these have been resolved thanks to the great work of the Fédération Française de Montagne et d’Escalade. From sectors José to Top secret use the path that leads to the sector Nouveau Monde. Please respect this as the cliff is privately owned and may be closed again. N.B. Do not leave valuables in your vehicle.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Les falaises du Gard, Laurent Pierret, Thomas Sandri

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