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France : Ariège

Author Chris Craggs, John Arran, Anne Arran
Published Rockfax (2012)
ISBN 978-1-873341-87-2

Website www.rockfax.com/climbing-...

Review

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
Ariège crags# climbsRocktypeFaces
Alliat191LimestoneE
Appy27GneissS
Arabaux117LimestoneSW
Arbiech12LimestoneNW
Auzat246GraniteSE
Ax-les-Thermes91GraniteS
Baychon106LimestoneSE
Calamès219LimestoneS
Génat139LimestoneS
Goulier11LimestoneS
La Dent d'Orlu70Graniteall
La Roche Ronde54LimestoneSE
Laramade80Graniteall
Lavelanet - Dreuilhe24LimestoneW
Lavelanet - Gorges de Péreille22LimestoneW
Le Carol54LimestoneS
Orlu98Graniteall
Ornolac102Limestoneall
Pic Rouge de Belcaire4GraniteSW
Quié d'Urs53LimestoneS
Roc à Steph38LimestoneS
Roc de Sédour119Limestoneall
Roc des Abeilles24LimestoneS
Roquefixade - Chateau50LimestoneSW
Sabart59LimestoneNW
Saut de l'Ours65LimestoneW
Sibada45LimestoneNW
Sinsat290LimestoneS