France : Ariege

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France: Ariege Rockfax Cover, 4 kbAuthor Chris Craggs, John Arran, Anne Arran
Published Rockfax (2012)
ISBN 9781873341872


The Ariège region of Southern France is the compact area where the Ariège River cuts through the Pyrenées on its way from Andorra to the coast. There is a lot of high quality climbing in the area with a superb variety of rock types to go at; from the soaring granite slabs of the Dent d’Orlu, to the steep limestone bulges of Génat. Limestone, granite and gneiss are on offer and routes vary in size from boulder problems to long epics of over 20 pitches.

The area has a long and intriguing history and offers plenty to do apart from the climbing, including mountain walking, caving, river rafting, skiing and checking out the many ancient castles. Factor in the year-round climbing, easy access from northern Europe and plenty of high quality accommodation in the area and it is easy to see that the Ariège region has lots to offer.

This guidebook covers all the major climbs on the crags covered. It details sport routes and longer mountain trad. There are also sections on mountain walks and other activities.

Crags covered by this Guide

Ariege crags# climbsRocktypeFaces
Ax les Thermes84GraniteS
Bloc a' Orlu100Granite?
Grotte de Bédeilhac6LimestoneSE
Grotte de Sabart55LimestoneNW
La Dent d'Orlu50GraniteSE
Lavelanet (Dreuilhe)37LimestoneW
Lavelanet (Gorges de Pereille)21LimestoneW
Le Carol53LimestoneS
Les Toulousains22LimestoneS
Quié d'Urs43LimestoneS
Roc a Steph38LimestoneS
Roc de Sedour91LimestoneSW
Roc des Abeilles24LimestoneS
Roche Ronde150LimestoneSE
Roquefixade - Chateau50LimestoneSW
Saut de l'ours26LimestoneW
Verdun (Sinsat)22LimestoneS
Total climbs2245