/ Ariege guidebooks
I've found loads of topos to individual routes on the CAF Montagnards Ariégeois website, but again there is almost too much to look through. Any suggestions either of a single guidebook/website I could browse, or of particular areas people would recommend, would be very welcome...
There's no selective guide to my knowledge. Guessing from your profile that you would be looking for low-mid grades, I would look at Auzat, Calames, Sinsat and Dent d'Orlu for starters: plenty to keep you busy for 10 days!
Yep, lower grades. I back us on Les Enfants de la Dalle, but for a route of that size that's going to be as high as we'll want to stretch in terms of grade I imagine. On shorter stuff where speed is not so critical we'd be looking up to 6b sport - or at least what counts as 6b in Sardinia, that's the only place I've really done any sport.
Thanks both for your replies!
Well you're certainly on the right lines if you're looking to try Les Enfants de la Dalle, which is stunning route I can't recommend highly enough.
Another place I'd recommend would be the Pic Rouge de Belcaire in the Bassiès area. I've just done the easiest line - Friscounette - but that was lovely and the harder ones look maybe even better. Friscounette is very much a trad route with some bolts, whereas I think the others have more bolts. Whatever you do you should plan to top out, as the pointy rock summit and 360 panorama make you forget the walk-in had been so hard!
Lower down it really depends on the temperature at the time. If it's low 20s rather than high 20s you should be able to get up on some of the higher sectors of Sinsat (like Peppermint or Pubis), where the limestone quality is phenomenal. If it's hot you may be better off at Auzat, where the granite routes are usually only 1 or 2 pitches but where you can easily find shade. Another option would be Alliat, particularly sector Loubetière at that grade but there are a couple of very good 6a's on most sectors - that's in the shade all afternoon. If you get a cloudy day you could look at Calamès, either single or multi-pitch. And for a change one day head to Appy for some Gneiss climbing with a great view over the Ariège valley.
There is a French guide to La Dent d' Orlu, by J.D.Achard (2002). I have a copy but both since I borrowed it myself and I'm going to climb there myself at the end of summer, I can't lend it to you.
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