Le Carol Ariege, FRANCE
Climbs 53 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude 623m a.s.l – Faces S
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.
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.
France : Ariege (2012),
Out of print: Escalades en Ariege Pyrenees - Le Plantaurel (2000)
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