Altitude 1432m a.s.l
Alan James at the top of the 11th pitch of L'Intégrale d'Anaïs (6b) on Sector de la Pelle at Sinsat. © Jack Geldard
The QuiÃ© de Sinsat is a mountain, not a crag. There is an immense amount of rock, much of it is on an impressive scale and a long way from the road. There is also plenty of good cragging to be had on the lower-cliffs - all within a more-manageable 20 minute walk from the car. Single-pitch sport is the most common style of climbing here, plus the odd multi-pitch offering. Many of the higher crags have restricted climbing in spring and early summer due to nesting birds-of-prey - consult the notice board in the car parks for any possible changes.
The crags face south, and can be very hot in the full sun. The lower crags make excellent winter venues and are reasonably sheltered from the worst if the wind. Seepage isn't much of a problem - most of the cliffs dry quickly. The upper crags have much more of a mountain climate and will catch everything that is going be it wind, rain or sun.
About 7km east of Tarascon-sur-Ariège on the N20 is the village of Sinsat. Turn north here onto the Route de Padalis by a crucifix statue - signed to the Escalade. Cross the river to an extensive parking on the right in a meadow.
Walk back to the bridge and continue on the same side of the river. This riverside track passes close to all lower sectors, but the agreed approach turns right after 100m on a signed path, climbs steeply uphill for 150m or so then turns left onto a smaller path which traverses the hillside to La Grande Dalle (15 minutes) and then on to the other sectors. It is also possible to approach from the other direction in about the same time by a riverside path; start at the end of the narrow road that branches right in Ussat les Bains and passes behind the Ariège Evasion campsite.
|an 80m rope is handy to run some of the two pitch routes together.
JonS - 26/May/13
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