Hiking and outdoor sports

Climbing

Rock climbing

The Pierre Lys Gorges

The Aude River has eroded the Pyrenees until creating a large rift, surrouded by sharp crests. In this majestic site, you will find nearly a hundred climbing routes, some of them allowing you to rock climb to the top of the 200-metre high cliffs. The routes are rated from 4a to 8a. The access to the routes can be made from the village of Cavirac or by zip-line from the other side of the river. If you like challenging routes and vertiginous views, this place is perfect for you!
The detailed description of all the routes is available at the Tourist Office, as well as at the rock climbing association Roc Genese. It is sold at the price of 14€.

The Cardou

This cliff near Rennes-les-Bains has 53 routes, rated from 3a to 7a, on 6 different areas. A beginner area, technique routes and routes of different lengths: the Cardou is a very complete site.
The detailed description is available at the Tourist Office, as well as at the rock-climbing association Roc Genese. It is sold at the price of 7€.

Saint Salvayre

When going up the village of Alet-les-Bains, next to the hamlet of Saint-Salvayre, you will find a nice cliff with 20 climbing routes, with difficulties rated from 3c to 7a. This site is perfect for an introduction to rock-climbing or climbing with your family because there are numerous easy routes with obvious grips and a large area to start your way up. You can park at the hamlet of Saint-Salvayre and follow the paved road for 200 m to find a little path on your left. It will lead you to the foot of the cliff (15-minute walk).
The detailed description is available at the Tourist Office, as well as at the rock-climbing association Roc Genese. It is sold at the price of 7€.

Forest Grimp

Tree top adventure in Quillan
Here you will find more than 15 activities in the trees, between 3 and 10m-high and 200m-long with suspension bridges, Tarzan jumps, zip lines and many other activities.
La Forge - Tel: 00 33 (0)4 68 20 23 79 - www.laforgedequillan.fr

 

Contacts

Roc Génèse
Climbing club, climbing school, large climbing room, events and excursions, etc.
Tel: 00 33 (0)4 68 20 28 87 - http://rocgenese.free.fr
 

Topo guide

Gorges de Pierre Lys: over 100 routes, adventure areas…
Le Cardou - St Salvayre: two sites, particularly interesting for beginners...
 

Links:

Fédération Française de la Montagne et de l'Escalade (FFME – French Mountain and Climbing Federation): www.ffme.fr
 
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