Altitude 565m a.s.l
Secteur Le Lac, Sinsat © Tris
The Quié de Sinsat is a mountain, not a crag. There is an immense amount of rock, much of it is on an impressive scale and a long way from the road. There is also plenty of good cragging to be had on the lower-cliffs - all within a more-manageable 20 minute walk of the car. Single-pitch sport is the most common style of climbing here, plus the odd multi-pitch offering. Many of the higher crags have restricted climbing in spring and early summer due to nesting birds-of-prey - consult the notice board in the car parks for any possible changes.
Nesting restrictions have changed this year:
Zone 1 - sectors Toit/TGV, routes 'L'echappee Belle' to 'Vente de folie', and sector Corbeau, route 'Teoufil' - no climbing 1st Feb to 15 Sept.
Zone 2 - sectors Peppermint, Pelle, Pubis - routes 'Les plaisirs de la pierre' to 'Integrale d'Anais' - no climbing 12th Nov to 1st/15th Sept ONLY if the birds are nesting in this zone, otherwise no restrictions.
Zone 3 - sector Poire, routes 'Eperon sud-ouest' to 'Bouquet garni' - no climbing 12th Nov to 1st Sept.
Zone 4 - sector Mirouge, routes 'Microcosmos' to 'Isabelle' - no climbing 12th Nov to 1st April.
About 7km east of Tarascon on the N20 is the village of Sinsat. Turn north here onto the Route de Padalis by a crucifix statue - signed to the Escalade. Cross the river to an extensive parking on the right in a meadow. Walk back to the bridge and continue on the same side of the river. This riverside track passes close to all lower sectors, but the agreed approach turns right after 100m on a signed path, climbs steeply uphill for 150m or so then turns left onto a smaller path which traverses the hillside to La Grande Dalle (15 minutes) and then on to the other sectors. It is also possible to approach from the other direction in about the same time by a riverside path; start at the end of the narrow road that branches right in Ussat les Bains and passes behind the Ariège Evasion campsite.
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