Olivier Obin, a climber in the Gorges du Tarn Area, has given us a brief update on the access situation in the Gorges du Tarn.
When the France : Languedoc Roussillon book was published, quite a lot of the climbing in the Gorges du Tarn was closed due to an incident involving a bolt failing on a route on the Tennessee sector. A number of routes were subsequently de-bolted to avoid further accidents and a plan was put in place to replace these bolts with more suitable fittings during the winter and spring of 2012.
Olivier has told us that this work is about to restart and he estimates that it should be finished by June 2012. He said the most popular sectors will be rebolted first.
He also said that the path work at Gorges du Jonte (reported here) has now been completed and the access path is open again, however, climbers should not stray from the path since there is still a lot of unstable rock around this area.