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Chauzon (aka Cirque des Gens)

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About Chauzon (aka Cirque des Gens):

In the south of the department of L'Ardèche, the site of Chauzon (the closest village) is also known as its topographic name Le Cirque des Gens. This circus has been caved by the River Ardèche in a limestone plateau at an elevation of 130 m, providing a huge cliff of more than a kilometer with more than 310 sport climbing routes on it.

The cliff, a hundred meters over the River Ardèche, so famous for its kayaking facilities from spring to autumn, is facing south, exactly from E to SW through a S orientation. You can so choose according to the weather conditions the orientation you prefered. By heavy Mistral, avoid the sections Enola Gay to Compèt', which can get cold. But even in winter, if the sun is shining which is not seldom here, you can clib in t-shirt in alll the other sections. As the routes are mainly vertical, the rainy days will be day offs.

The routes are usually of one single pitch, though few of 2 pitches are equiped. The usual height is between 25 and 35 meters. The routes are mainly between 6a (5.10a) and 7b (5.12b) making it a place for fair to good climbers. The routes are bolted, usually with 2 meters between each bolt, and a chain is at the top (2 anchors, 2 chains, and a screw carabiner joining the chains). A 70 m rope is required.

Dozens of campgrounds in Chauzon, Ruoms, vallon-Pont-d'Arc and in teh whole area. As the cliff is better off summer, you'll probably find anything matching your tastes!

Nearest town or city: Ruoms, Chauzon

From Nîmes, drive north to Uzès then Vallon-Pont-d'Arc. Here, turn west to Ruoms, then Chauzon is less than 10 km north of Ruoms. In Chauzon, follow the direction Cirque des Gens. Once there, drive up the asphalt then asphalt+dirt road (many big holes in the road!) until you reach the parking. Don't leave anything in your car. Some of my friends empty it completely and leave the doors unlocked...To reach the bottom of the routes, follow the obvious path! The first section encountered is Petit Peton, the last one (after 20 minutes) is Enola Gay.

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