Ceüse is known as one of the best sport climbing crags in Europe, if not the world. It is a great rock wall in a magical surrounding, in close proximity to the Alps, at an altitude of more than 1600 metres. The setting makes it a perfect summer destination for all sport climbers willing to hike a little more to escape the heat. The approach takes just over an hour but the picturesque hike only adds charm to everything that makes Ceüse a very special place. After putting in a bit of effort, you feel truly privileged to climb at one of the globe’s best venues.
Climbing in Ceüse is very varied depending on the sector; from long pumpy climbs on big jugs, through long stamina routes, to steep and technical lines. The Ceüse rock is of incredible quality and pockets are the most common type of holds. There are around 350 climbs which range from f5 to f9a+. Most of the climbs are sevens but the Ceüse grading is known to be tough.
Similar to Gorges du Tarn, Ceüse is famous for its well-spaced bolts. Together with the sweeping vistas, the airy bolting adds to the special atmosphere of the crag and makes each climb an unforgettable experience!
The best season to climb in Ceüse is from late spring to early autumn. The variety of exposures allows you to climb in the sun or in the shade at any time. However, as with anywhere else in this part of the world, summers are usually very hot.
Most climbers stay at the convenient and affordable Les Guerins campsite. There is also the option of free-camping close to the official campsite. A little grocery shop can be found nearby. Unfortunately, the free camping area offers no shade and it can get quite uncomfortable during hot summer days.
If you wish for a bit more luxury, there are many beautiful guesthouses located in proximity of the climbing.
Ceüse is situated less than an hour’s drive from Gap in Southern France and the whole region is full of climbing. To access Ceüse and other nearby venues you can fly to Grenoble, Marseille, Turin or Nimes. From all these airports it is less than two hours’ drive to get to Ceüse.