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L’amie Serfouette, Sinsat

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A 1st route on the impressive Quié de Sinsat site overlooking the Ariège valley leading to Ax-Les-Thermes. L'amie Serfouette proposes a very accessible route on a pretty limestone slab, as everywhere around here, but probably not very frequented because of a solid approach walk to reach the Pubis sector. Fully equipped, the points are well spaced out in places, but you can easily, almost everywhere, protect yourself further to fully enjoy the place. Overhead, the magnificent orange cliffs of the Pelle sector just make you want to go higher and come back.

Technical summary

Type ✦ Large equipped track

Location ✦ Sinsat

Region ✦ Ariège

Country ✦ France

Length ✦ 4

Vertical drop ✦ 125m

Difficulty max ✦ V+

Duration ✦ 2h to 3h

Interest ✦ ★

Access to the place

On the RN20 from Foix to Ax-Les-Thermes, drive past Tarascon-sur-Ariège to Sinsat. In the village, turn left to cross the Ariège, and just after, turn right into a parking lot reserved for climbing.

Map & topo

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Itinerary description

Hiking to the start 50' à 1h

From the parking lot, head back towards the bridge and follow the river to find the path that climbs to the right after the last house. 50′ of steep, unbroken path, with a final section below the Pubis on broken ground that is not very comfortable. Skirt the base of the Pubis to the left and climb just beyond to find the start of the leftmost route 20-30m further on.

Course

The route is south-facing and 125m long in 4 pitches (30m, 30m, 30m, 35m). The required level is V/V+. Fully equipped, the points are fairly widely spaced, but wedges can be added without too much trouble, except at the start of L2. This is the rightmost route of the GR4 sector, in places a little overgrown. The rock is excellent.

L1 (V, 30m)

This is a fairly long route on this level. We pass to the right of the slab, flush with the vegetation. Nice holes and holds to reach the belay with 2 more vertical passages.
L2 (V, 30m)

Start with a step and expo to place the 1st nail. Then easier and higher up an interesting passage to cross a break. Easy finish to the R2 belay.
L3 (V, 30m)

Slightly less sustained length despite an interesting duffler passage in the middle. It feels like a good climb!
L4 (V+, 30m)

A nice crack and a higher, more vertical dihedral. Nice climb with no major difficulties. We exit onto easier terrain to the R4 belay below the ridge.

Back

Follow the red dots and descend over the wall. Below, you'll find a passage equipped with fixed ropes, then you'll soon reach the foot of the route (15′). Follow the approach path in the opposite direction to finish.

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