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Ariege

 

FRANCE: Ariege

Written by Chris Craggs, John Arran, Anne Arran

Published December 2012 by Rockfax

Reviewed by Steve Crowe

 

The latest climbing guide from Rockfax covers the compact area of the French Pyrenées near to Andorra. There are many activities on offer in The Ariege from winter sports like skiing to cycling, caving, mountain walking and river rafting however this guide details the extensive rock climbing on offer, short boulder problems and single pitch sport through to multi pitch mountain routes. It is the huge variety of rock types within a compact area that is one of the great attractions of the Ariege limestone, granite and gneiss and close by. The layout of the Ariege Guide follows the usual template with extensively researched photo diagrams for all the crags supplemented by many inspirational action photographs. FRANCE: Ariege by Rockfax is the first comprehensive climbing guide to this superb area. There are over 25 crags and more than 1600 routes described within 312 pages. The crags covered include Alliat, Appy, Arabaux, Arbiech, Auzat, Ax-les-Thermes, Baychon, Calamès, Dent d'Orlu, Génat, Goulier, La Roche Ronde, Laramade Bouldering, Lavelanet, Le Carol, Le Saut de l'Ours, Les Toulousains, Orlu Bouldering, Pic Rouge de Belcaire, Quie d'Urs, Roc à Steph, Roc de Sédour, Roc des Abeilles, Roquefixade, Sabart, Sibada, Sinsat and Verdun. Another useful example of attention to detail is the inclusion of GPS co-ordinates for all the parking areas. Details of all by Rockfax Publications publications can be found by here.

Reviewed by Steve Crowe 12th January 2013

 

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