Climbs 50
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 912m a.s.l
Faces SW

A lovely 7b+ at Roquefixade in the Ariège © chez Arran

Crag features

Impressive but slightly old-fashioned limestone crag below the Cathar chateau of Roquefixade, to the west of Foix in the French Pyrenees. Most of the climbing is in the 6a-7c bracket, though there are a few good, easier routes. Bolts are good but except on the hardest routes tend to be more spaced than on other sport crags in the area.


Approach notes

The village of Roquefixade is approximately 15km east of Foix and 5km west of the small town of Lavelanet, in the foothills of the Ariege Pyrenees. As you arrive, bear left along a road that contours around the bottom of the village and park in a small public parking space. If this is full, continue along the road another hundred metres or so, and park on the verge making sure there is room for agricultural vehicles to pass. To reach the crag, take the road up to the village square then follow the signs to the Chateau. Access time 5-10 minutes.


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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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Main Crag
2 Mignon 6b * 3
3 Mignonette 5a 3
4 Sucette à l'acide 7b+ *  
5 L'artif
6 Poséidon 7b+ ** 1
7 La sacado 5c *  
8 Snoopy pète 6a+ ** 3
9 La restrouvada 4c ** 8
10 Nikita 6b ** 2
11 L'envie folle 6a+ ** 1
12 La dalle 6c *** 6
13 Pepsi 6a+ * 2
14 Le grand dièdre 6b ** 5
15 La fissure en demi-lune 6a  
16 Bénénuts 6c+ *  
17 Nuts 6b * 2
18 Gédurdur 6b ** 1
Climb name Grade
19 Le pilier rouge 7a ** 1
20 15 Ans Après 7b *  
21 Sikadur pour prises mobiles 7b ** 1
22 Pinocchio 7a ** 1
23 Pinocchio Right-hand 6b *** 1
24 Gedoverte 5c ** 4
25 Pascalou 5c 1
26 Costo Balèse 6a+ *  
27 Lifting 7c * 1
28 El milagro 8a+ **  
29 Persil 7c+ * 1
30 Caféine 7b+ *  
31 Camomille 5a ** 14
32 La séparation A1  
33 Plan incliné A1  
34 Énergyca A1  
36 À chacun son enfer 7a+ * 1
Climb name Grade
37 Éclat De Rire 7c+ *  
38 Itinérance 6c+ *  
39 Honoré présentement 6a * 4
40 Biésure 6b 2
41 C'est moins rigolo 6a+ * 2
42 Rogntudju 6c+ 2
43 Escalator 4c * 9
44 Rigolo 6a+ * 3
45 Que dalle qui m'aille 5a * 15
47 Le petit dièdre 5a 3
48 Zouk alors 5a 3
49 Robinetterie 5a * 3
50 Martini 5c * 3
51 Lemon 5c ** 2
52 On the rock 6b * 3
53 Changement de mains, changement de vilain 6c  

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