The guidebook describes the popular sport climbing in the Ariege area of southwest France in the foothills of the Pyrenees. The climbing is concentrated along the river Ariege that flows from Andorra through the towns of Tarascon-sur-Ariege and Foix where the climbing is concentrated around, including the popular Alliat, Auzat, Calames, and Sinsat crags. The majority of the routes are single pitch, though some long multi-pitch sport routes are also included particularly at Sinsat (250m long) and at the huge granite slabs at Dent d'Orlu (up to 1,000m long).
In total 25 different crags are detailed, which are as follows: Arabaux, Abeilles, Carol, Roquefixade, Lavelanet, Roche Ronde, Roc à Steph, Calamès, Roc de Sédour, Bédeilhac Quarry, Dévers de Sédour, Sabart, Alliat, Génat, Le Saut de l'Ours, Arbiech, Sibada, Baychon, Auzat, Goulier, Pic Rouge de Belcaire, Les Toulousains, Sinsat, Verdun, Appy, Ax les Thermes, and Dent d'Orlu.
This area offers a superb variety of rock to climb on, including limestone, granite and gneiss, as well as variety of styles from steep bulges to gentle slabs. This guidebook describes over 1,300 routes are described, across a wide range of grades, which are all illustrated on full colour photo-topos with French sport grades used throughout.
At the start of each crag there is a location map, and a good description giving a general overview of the crag and type of rock climbing to be found there. For each main area again there is a good location map with GPS co-ordinates for the parking areas.
Published in December 2012 by Rockfax, this guidebook is in English text throughout.
Number of pages is 312
Size is 150mm x 210mm (A5 format).