Don't trust Google Maps!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

We're in Gorges du Tarn this week. We arrived on Sunday night after getting horribly lost somewhere odd. Do not trust google maps, ever! The instructions were just plain wrong, and nearly led us into a nasty mess, which might have made recovering the car difficult. There's a good two hours of my life I'll never get back. I wonder if I can sue Google?

Purely by chance we found the right track, and drove for a few hours through beautiful villages framed in incredible autumn colours, over a pass near the headwaters of le Tarn and then down into the gorge itself. Gorges du Tarn is home of the Millau Viaduct, famous for being the tallest vehicle bridge in the world.

Around 9pm in the dark we found the only campground that is still operating, everything else is closed for the season. Its supposedly three stars, but the amenities are pretty disgusting.

Gorges du Tarn is also home to some amazing climbing. The majority of routes here are harder than 6c, meaning we need to up our skills or take some falls! Today we went to a couple of crags and were pleasantly surprised. I got an comfortable onsight on a 6b (20) - hardest onsight yet - which Dani also red-pointed. Dani then onsighted a 30m 6a+(19-20), her hardest (and longest single pitch) ever. As our last route today, we picked an enourmous 35m 6b+, which spanked us thoroughly. It was a bit run out and quite steep, so made for exposed and entertaining climbing!

The only major problem being here is not being able to buy a bagette! The shops seem perpetually shut. Isn't this supposed to be France?

Some photos;
Shadocks - Gorges du Tarn
Part of the Gorge where most of the climbing is.

Autumn in Gorges du Tarn
The road through the Gorge is narrow with many tunnels like this.

This is what the climbing looks like, steep and featured. The female climber onsighted this 7c.

Our campsite, and our car. Right behind is the river.

There are ancient little villages like this one, scattered up and down the gorge.

Me looking cheeky.



Anonymous Ben said...

I think i can see Dani's volvo in that pic!.. were we meant to see that?

4:09 PM, October 29, 2008  
Blogger Simon said...

Uhh.. Its a Renault. Really. Do some work Ben.

5:07 AM, November 05, 2008  

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