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IMG_2210webfrontLimestone is the name of the game here; the slots located in the southeast portion of France run deep and flow hard as they slice easily through the Limestone.  A majority of the canyons here, and all listed on this site, are aquatic in nature and much different than the routes found in Arizona or Utah.  France is, in reality, where the sport of canyoning began; and as a result, these routes are well established, traveled often, and professionally guided.  Anchors are typically standardized as two glue in bolts that you could lower a truck off of, and offer multiple anchor points depending on the level of water in the canyon.  Hydraulics and siphons are common, as well as incredible beauty.

Riou De Cuebris

For what Riou De Cuebris lacks in technical difficulty, it makes up significantly in beauty.  Actually, this very short route is not particularly interesting compared to most others listed on this site; however, the final drop of the canyon (the only real rappel) makes up for an otherwise uneventful descent.  This 30 meter, in the

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Vallon De Bagnolar

Bagnolar is one of the better Limestone canyons I have seen and resembles caving in many instances.  Plunging into and out of deep narrows, There are over a dozen solid drops into blue green waters, typical of the limestone canyons in the area, a result of calcium carbonate and other minerals dissolved into the water. 

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Vallon De Il’mberguet

Left alone with the wild wild Frenchman in his natural habitat on this one.  Il’mberguet is a hard to pronounce, lovely limestone canyon that sees high traffic and relatively low water flow.  Packed with jumps and downclimbs, while maintaining deep and tight narrows, it is a great route for those with less experience or for

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Moulin De Roubion

  Quite the strange, cold, funky, awesome route here.  Moulin De Roubion has all the makings to be an epic; high flow, the trademark French blue-green water, sketchy traverses through tunnels, and a 60 meter drop through the previously mentioned tunnel.  There are a number of beautiful, travertine-clad waterfalls.  Yet Moulin classifies more as a

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Clue De La Maglia

The Clue is one of the best canyoning routes I have ever done and is easily one of the most beautiful locations in the world.  It is a well balanced trip that has spicy downclimbs, whitewater swims in swift currents, epic jumps into bottomless, crystal clear pools, and even goes underground for a short period. 

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Clue Du Riolan

Welcome to the land of boulders and frogs, long swims and picture perfect jumping pools.  Clue Du Riolan is an adult playground of sorts, and an instant classic route by any standards.  It goes in phases as well; long boulder tunnels followed by technical narrows, 50 meter swims, and a half dozen jumps at a

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Le Ruisant

Though this is more of a large crack with running flowing through it than a canyon, it is still a great route.  And though the crux 3 stage, 130 meter waterfall is more of a cliff with water flowing off of it, it is nonetheless technically demanding and pretty damn scary.  Le Ruisant is a

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Gorges Du Haut Chassezac

Chassezac is a highly commercialized route for good reason.  It is like an aquatic playground for adults.  Many, many jumps, a few good downclimbs, a couple good rappels, and a whole lot of water make it a great route.  It is not a slot canyon but a deep gorge.  The walls are huge but not

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