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Morning sun
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18 mins
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Another superb sector which should be on the essential list for any grade 7 and 8 climber. The climbs are long and steep and on excellent textured rock, often with big holds and features. An 80m rope will be needed for some of the longest climbs. Guidebook page 139.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Prélude
A fine route in its own right.
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
6b+
2
Voleur d'Artif
Quick thinking and a hard pull are needed on the crux. The old wooden wedges are a curiosity; you aren't allowed to use them!
 
2 Stars
Technical
7b+
3
Les chemins de Marie Start
Up to the roof this is a lovely route on interesting rock.
 
2 Stars
6a
4
Les chemins de Marie
The whole route is unbalanced, bouldery and blind.
 
1 Stars
Technical
7c
5
Aniakchak
Great urgent moves up the groove through the roof and onto a nice slab to finish. Varied.
 
2 Stars
7b+
6
Manuscrit
The roof is hard, but the top slab is harder.
 
1 Stars
Reachy
Technical
8a
7
Pachamama
A shorter route of two halves. The bottom is fingery and technical, and the roof is on jugs, but still proves hard work.
 
2 Stars
Crimpy
7b+
8
Globe trotters
The classic of the crag and one of the best routes in Ariège. It is 7a to the roof, then gets harder with each move.
 
3 Stars
Pumpy
7b
9
Pulsaf zone
Nice moves, but confusing and a bit of an eliminate in several places. It can be done as a hard 7a+ up to the roof.
 
1 Stars
7c
10
Stromatolite
 
2 Stars
8b
11
Parfum de Tamanrasset
 
2 Stars
8b
12
L'âge des extrêmes
Weave up the technical and fingery bottom groove with increasing difficulty to discover you still haven't done the crux.
 
3 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
8a
13
Volutes
It all seemed to be going so well, until the headwall...
 
2 Stars
Crimpy
7c
14
Mac Hulotte
Another long super-classic. A bouldery crux gains the hand-jam roof, and even then it's still not over. Tiring despite the...
 
3 Stars
Pumpy
Graunchy
7b+
15
Extra sensoriel
Long, varied, interesting and hard. What more could you want?
 
2 Stars
7c+
16
Mac in teuch Top 50
One of the best routes here. It has everything, including lots of big holes and a fingery crux near the top. Finishing on the...
 
3 Stars
Pumpy
7a+
17
Sol y sombra
 7c+
18
Interlude
Long, sustained and good holds throughout. The loose-looking blocks have been pulled on many times, but be careful anyway. The...
 
3 Stars
Pumpy
Loose
6b+
19
Les pavillons perdus
A mediocre start above a cleared recess leads to much better fare above.
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
6b+
20
Le mur du son
Long, with a high crux. If the bottom is overgrown it can be started by traversing in from the next route.
 
1 Stars
Technical
7b
21
La reliure
Gain the big groove awkwardly from the left and climb its right wall and tricky face above.
 
1 Stars
Technical
6c+
22
Monolhite
Another overgrown start that may be avoided on the right.
 
1 Stars
Crimpy
7b+
23
Préface
Feels insecure and urgent at times and may be harder for the short with a technical section at the top.
 
2 Stars
Reachy
Technical
7b
24
Les brumes de Zanskar
 
1 Stars
7c+
25
Nirvana
 
2 Stars
Technical
Crimpy
8a+
26
L'as des pics
Sustained and technical, but thankfully it eases higher up.
 
2 Stars
Technical
8a
27
Grip show
The blank-looking central section has just about enough crimps.
 
3 Stars
Pumpy
Crimpy
7c
28
I book
A harder left-hand start to Cortex.
 
1 Stars
8a+
29
Cortex
Hard fingery climbing starting as for Biorythme but soon veering left. An alternative finish moves right to the lower-off of...
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
Crimpy
8a
30
Biorythme
The crux used to be low down but the top has lost holds and is now hard too.
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
Crimpy
8a
31
Nevada
 7c+
32
Pixel
A shorter, but nice little route at the end of the world.
 
2 Stars
Technical
Crimpy
6c+