Altitude 1155m a.s.l
Bridget Collier on the first pitch of Arête est (4c) at Appy. © Alan James
A lovely little crag perched high on the hill, looking south into the heart of the Pyrenees. The place feels like a crag in a remote Lakeland or Welsh valley. There are twenty or so routes here, well-bolted and generally on the steep side. The fixed gear is mostly excellent throughout.
The crag faces due south and takes little drainage. At an altitude of 1200m, it can be cool if there is a breeze up here, but calm summer days will mean sweltering temperatures.
There is a good-sized parking place above the hamlet of Appy that is signed from the village - the road is steep and narrow. Appy lies to the south of the Ariège valley on a high shoulder and is reached by rather twisting roads from either Sinsat/Verdun or Luzenac in about 20 minutes. In Sinsat, turn onto the Route de Padalis' by a crucifix statue - signed to the Escalade. Continue over the river, past the parking for the Sinsat crags and on to Verdun. Navigate through Verdun, turn left and head up the hill on a hairpin road for around 4km. At the junction, turn right towards Senconac and continue for around 4km to Appy. Turn left in this village towards the parking which is up a very steep and narrow road.
From the parking, a good track weaves up the hill towards the Etang d'Appy. After about 10 mins a signed path forks left to reach the crag in another five minutes.
|A recent fire on the hillside has swept up to the crag and on up to the R. The crag itself has escaped and the flames have just jumped the approach path but currently (28/1/15) it would be good policy not to wear white clothes! Vegetation to either side of Dalle du cerisier has been burnt but rock looks OK.
Andy Say - 02/Feb/15
|A nice change from granite though it took a bit of getting into. Very steep juggy routes. Found the topo a bit hard to follow initially on the main face - there seem to be more lines marked than there are bolts! Not a crag for a hot day - it was incredibly airless and sweaty.
jonny taylor - 04/Sep/11
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