Climbs 54
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 623m a.s.l
Faces S

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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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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
2 Bloc ou pas bloc 6b * 1
3 Itinéraire d'un enfant gâté 6c ** 4
4 Salut mon pop 7a * 4
5 La diagonale des riches 5c * 6
6 Zazou 5a 4
7 Le nez rose à Nana 5c 4
8 Jardin et merdage 7b *  
9 Le Secret 7b *** 2
10 Dream 8a ***  
11 HS 75 7c+ ***  
12 Natacha 7b ** 1
13 6e degré ou de force 6b+ * 1
14 Les gribouilles 6b ** 8
15 Bonzai 7c+ *  
16 Tranche de cake 7b+ **  
17 Spiterman 7c+ *** 1
18 Titi et robinet 6b ** 12
19 Protection robinet 5c ** 7
Climb name Grade
20 Protection rapprochée 4c * 7
22 Défense de fumer 7b+ *  
23 Le mal des mots 7b+ ** 1
24 Le Roi du GAG 7b *** 1
25 Kum Kat 7a+ *** 7
26 Bouclez-la à l'arrière 7b+ *** 2
27 Papa et Marion
7c+ *  
28 Un tout petit maximum 7c **  
29 Take five 7c+ **  
30 El pipo resquiador 6c ** 9
31 Bamboleiro 7a * 2
32 La force ou l'impertinence 7a+ ** 9
33 Rock en Carol 6a+ *** 19
34 Attraction fatale 7b+ ** 2
35 Ya de ça 7c+ **  
36 Une faim fatale 7c *  
38 Les enfants ont le droit de rire 6a+ 6
Climb name Grade
39 Ques acco? 7b *  
40 Nouveau regard 7b * 2
41 L'eau-blique 7a ** 1
42 Rapport de force 7b *  
43 C'est queck chose 7b+ *  
44 Première à OK Carol 6b+ ** 5
45 Court circuit 7b+ *  
46 La diagonale des pauvres 6c ** 1
47 30 degrés en fevrier 5c * 9
48 La première Foix 3c * 8
49 Pilier des fourmis 4c 6
50 Suivez la flèche 5a 6
51 États d'âme 6a * 11
52 Première fois 7b * 1
53 Savonnette et Ganja 6b+ * 4
54 Savonnette sans Ganja 6b * 5
55 Petit grimpeur deviendra grand 5c * 15
56 J'veux pas tomber tout seul 5c * 17
57 Unnamed * 6b+ 1
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.

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