Climbs 53
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 623m a.s.l
Faces S

hot day at Carol © mark237

Crag features

Short (20m) limestone crag between Foix and Lavelanet in the foothills of the Ariege Pyrenees. The routes generally climb clean, slightly overhanging walls using pockets or cracks, and the grades reflect this with most routes in the F6b to F7c bracket. However there are a small number of easier routes and the safe, flat base of the crag makes this a possible venue for those with families.

The crag faces south and is relatively sheltered, but is partly shaded by trees and some sectors may be slow to dry in winter. Best in spring or autumn; gets very hot on summer afternoons.

Approach notes

From the northern end of Foix, take the D1 towards L'Herm. 1km after the hamlet of Jean-de-Lamic, take a small road leading to the hamlet of Garrigue. Cross the hamlet and continue up the track, keeping left and continuing for about 1km. This takes you to the radio mast (visible from a distance) where there is a small area suitable for parking.

>From Lavelanet, take the D10 towards Raissac. At Rapy, take the Foix direction and drive through the village of Carol. 1.3km after Carol, take the road up to Garrigue, as above.

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France : Ariege

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.
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