Climbs 100
Rocktype Granite
Altitude 869m a.s.l

A great 7a+ roof problem in the charming granite boulderfield of Orlu in the Ariège © chez Arran

Crag features

Every style of climbing is catered for at the fantastic array of bouldering on perfect granite at the Secteur de la Cour des Miracles.

Located west of the village of Orlu under the outstanding La Dent d'Orlu.

There are 6 circuits:

Yellow for the kids, suitable for very young ones,

Orange to "hone your skills",

Blue gets you on the Font 4 - 5+ ladder,

Red provides Font 5+ to 6b

White is towards the upper end of the scale to Font 7a

whereas the Elite circuit will have you cranking Font 7a+ all the way to 7c+ with some projects at 8a and above ready for the .

Tucked away in a depression within the woods On windless days it can get stifeling.

It is good to have a spotter or a companion to watch out for bears! it can be rather eerie on your own.

Approach notes

500m past the village of Orlu (travelling from Ax) a bridge over the river leads to a car park / picnic area.

Walk east back towards the village (on the opposing side of the river) and the first of the bouders will come into sight at the first river bend. From here follow the trail up the hill and into the woods.

Although very tempting, do not camp at the picnic/parking area. There is a campsite at the other end of the Orlu village.


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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More Guidebooks:
Bloc a Orlu (2006)
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