Rock Climbing

There is more rock climbing in the Alps and their foothills than anyone could climb in multiple lifetimes. There are beginner level crags and multi-pitch routes, traditional climbing of all levels on impecable granite in the Mont-Blanc range, central Switzerland and parts of the Italian Alps. Long, feautured limestone sport climbs are to be found all over the alpine foothills.

Enjoying the sunny slabs and cracks on the Dalles des Envers, Chamonix

Period:

Rock Climbing is possible from May to November and optimal high mountain rock climbing is normally found during July, through to early October.

Chamonix Granite:

In the Grade 4+ range, there are many interesting long routes in Les Aiguilles Rouges with spectacular views onto the Mont-Blanc range.

If you are able to secondΒ up to French grade 6a, there are many quality climbs:

  • east face of the Mont Blanc du Tacul
  • L’Envers des Aiguilles
  • Aiguille d’Argentiere area
  • Les Aiguilles de Chamonix
  • around the Cabane d’Orny
  • Val d’Orco
  • Grimsel
  • Salbit

Golden Granite in Aiguille d’Argentiere area

Limestone

The limestone climbing is generally a ‘face climbing’ style and bolted. If you climb grade 4+ or more, you can enjoy some good limestone climbing:

  • Gorge du Verdon
  • Les Calanques
  • Finale Ligure area
  • La Maladiere
  • Col de la Colombiere
  • Tours d’Areu
  • Sanetch
  • Gastlosen
  • Mirroir d’Argentine

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Perfect pocketed limestone in the Verdon Gorge, Southern France

 

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