Toulon is surrounded by a series of rugged hills up to 600m high that include Mount Faron and Mount Coudon. In these limestone hills are a large number of crags that provide mainly single pitch sport routes, though there are a number of multi-pitch routes as well. These routes offer the full range of grades from F2’s to F8’s and are generally well bolted.
Rock climbing areas around Toulon
|Crag no||Area||Max Height of routes||Rock Type|
|1||Baou de 4 Ouro||90m||Limestone|
|15||Barre de la Jaume||36m||Limestone|
The vast majority of the crags face south making this area a great winter sun destination. Many of the single pitch routes are between 30 and 35m long, so a 70m rope is essential. There are even some routes up to 40m long, meaning either twin ropes or a 80m long rope is required. In total there are 15 independent crags with Baou de Quatre Ouro, Faron Citerne, and Faron Telepherique being very popular. To the east of Toulon near the town of Hyeres is the crag of Fenouillet. Here there are 3 distinctive towers of gneiss rock that offer a number of single pitch sport routes.
Toulon has its own airport that is located to the east of the city, though flying into Nice or Marseille are also a good option.
Grimper Autour de Toulon is the definitive guidebook describing the rock climbing around in the Toulon, including all of those shown on the map above. In total 17 different crags are described with all the routes shown on a mixture of colour topos and colour photo-topos. Published by La Corditelle in March 2013, this guidebook is in French text only, and includes many colour action photographs.
The Rockfax Cote d’Azur guidebook provides a selected number of routes from some of the more popular Toulon crags including Baou de Quatre Ouro, Faron Citerne, Faron Telepherique, and Mount Coudon. Published in February 2017 all the routes are illustrated on full colour photo topos.
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The Grimper Autour de Toulon is the definitive guidebook describing the rock climbing around in the Toulon
Buy this guidebook from our shop.