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Altitude 2587m a.s.l
The Pic Rouge de Belcaire is a fine granite summit (2657m) which can be gained via excellent multi-pitch routes followed by several easier rope-lengths up the summit ridge. The 360° panorama from the top is sensational and the rock is mostly good. We have included just a tiny sample of what is available up in these mountains. The routes described have equipped belays (bolts and/or pitons). There are bolts in place to protect the climbing where trad gear is not an option, but a full rack of cams, wires and slings will be needed. Also take plenty of water, double ropes, spare clothes and sunscreen.
Despite facing southwest, the base of the climbs is at 2,200m and is likely to hold snow until June. The best months are July to September, and a month either side if the conditions are favourable. The rock is in shade first thing in the morning so an Alpine start may not be the best plan.
From Tarascon-sur-Ariège, follow the D8 south through Vicdessos and Auzat to Marc, then turn right, following signs to l'Artigue. Just before the end of the road, there is a sharp right bend and ample parking space either side of the bend itself or just below in a large parking area.
The path leads up and left from near the village but it is gained most easily by taking one of a number of steep paths directly up the hillside from the bend in the road. Once on the signposted route, the path rises and traverses the hillside, then curves around to rejoin the l'Artigue river at a small bridge. Stay on the same side of the river and follow a path marked with yellow dots, which zig-zags up the hillside then exits leftwards to the base of La Raspe - a huge scree slope running diagonally up beneath the craggy ridge. Near the top of La Raspe is the impressive southwest face of the Pic de Belcaire, with its distinctive line of low overhangs marking the base of the climbs. There are several water sources enroute before reaching La Raspe. The walk-in will take most parties around 3 hours.
|Good spot, cheers, now updated!|
Laramadness - 30/Jun/15
|Crag is nowhere near where its shown on the map! Its near Pic Rouge de Belcaire (near Marc).|
Ray Sharples - 30/Jun/15
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