General Information Dourbie:
The Dourbie gorges form with the Tarn gorges (which it is a tributory) and those of Jonte (also a Tarn tributary) a trio of absolutely fabulous climbing sites. They are actually situated in Aveyron but at the limits of Lqnguedoc-Roussillon. The climbable routes over Douribe are distributed between two sites: le Boffi and Cantobre. These limestone walls qre south-facing and slightly westerly for Boffi, allowing you to have a beautiful view of Millau and its famous viaduc. The latter was almost totally equipped from 1999 onwards, the equipment there is therefore very good. There are nearly 200 routes ranging from 4 up to 9b with many slopes. The Boffi character also provides magnificent caves. Please note, some routes can be up to metres. In Cantoubre, more than 80 routes await you on an overhanging cliff with fine holes. The level there is very high. You can find some routes which are level 5-6 but the vast majority of the routes are in the seventh or eigth grade and some 9 are available. The length of track does not exceed 30 metres. Both sites are famous for hosting Petzl Roc Trip, which has allowed the developement of their equipment. A guidebook is available in all stores.
Regarding other activities to do in the area, you can try the via ferrata du boffi. If you want to leave the harness? you can go canoeing on the Dourbie or even in the Tarn gorges, but also hiking and biking on the plateau for example or even paragliding. If you have the time, make the most of it and go and see Montpellier-le-vieux chaos.
To order topo
From Montpellier, join Millau on the A75. Leave Millau towards the east towards the Dourbie gorges. To go to Boffi, after having passed the Cureplat bridge, at the roundabout take the Montpellier-le-Vieux direction or Longuiers on the D110. Then, go up the black mesa. A few miles further, take the road on the right indicating a climbing site. Park your car at the second panel. Continue walking along the path, a path descends at the foot of the cliffs. For even more clarity, look at this diagram. If you would prefer to go to Cantobre, take the gorges road (D991) towards Nant. At Cantobre, park in the parking provided for this purpose just before the bridge over the Dourbie, then cross it on foot. Then take the small road left and continue your way until you cross that river Trevezel 200 metres above. From there, join the cliffs in sight.
Additional Information Dourbie:
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