|Chamonix Valley & Aiguilles Rouges
The Mont Blanc range gets all the press, but the Chamonix Valley has outstanding cragging: good rock, no access problems, and views of the haute montagne.
Above the valley floor, the Aiguilles Rouges--opposite the Mont Blanc range--offer climbs with a more alpine-y feel that are easy to reach thanks to a web of trails and cable cars.
Essential guide books:
-Crag Climbs in Chamonix, by François Burnier and Dominique Potard. It's available in several languages, including English, at Chamonix's Maison de la Presse bookstore, across from Snell Sports (the place to go if you need gear!). This book includes everything in the valley plus some, but not all, climbs in the Aiguilles Rouges.
-There are a couple of guidebooks for the Aiguilles Rouges, but they're all in French. The newest has excellent pictures--I'll post more about it soon!
This section covers crags in the entire valley; depending on the time of year, most are easy to access via public transportation.
17 Total Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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This route is a true classic in the Aiguille Rouges. It maintains a fairly consistently difficulty throughout. The 4th and 5th pitches are real beauties with fantastic cracks somewhat anomalous for the Aiguilles Rouges. Pitch 1 (5.10a): The first pitch moves from a bolt on the face at the end of the approach path. From here, the climb move up the pillar and follows the bolt line. One or two difficult moves lead to a grassy ledge at the end of which is a belay before the next vertical sectio...[more] Browse More Classics in International
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|Photos of Chamonix Valley & Aiguilles Rouges Slideshow
hiking in Chamonix
The Aiguille de Dru. Above the town of Chamonix. T...
Historic photo.. P.Ross on day two on the first Br...
Historic photo! Ross and McInnes 1958. First Briti...
In the Valle Blanc heading towards the Aiguille du...
P.Ross Vallee Blanc 1959. Mt Blanc in the backgrou...
Paul Ross on the summit of the Aiguille du Geant.1...
P.Ross. South Face Aiguille du Midi.1960
The Mer de Glace glacier above Chamonix with the G...
Historic photo ! . Chamonix camp site 1959.L to R....
The spectacular Grand Capucin. A perfect 1500' gra...
Another photo of the superb granite of the Grand C...
Historic photo.1958 Hamish McInnes , Walter Philip...
Paul Ross on the South Face of the Aiguille Du Gea...
Climbers on the upper section of the Bonatti Pilla...
Descending in a storm down from the Aiguille du Mo...
On the upper part of the Mer de Glace. .Photo P.Ro...
L' Aiguille Du Midi
Grandes Jorasses. Old slides from the eighties... ...
John Harlin in the Argentiere basin.
BETA PHOTO: View of the Mont Blanc Massif from Aiguille des Cr...
SW Ridge of Aiguille du Moine
Mont Blanc from Couvercle Hut
Dent du Geant
Les Drus and Aiguille du Moine
Aiguille Verte and Les Drus from summit for Aiguil...
|Comments on Chamonix Valley & Aiguilles Rouges
|By Larry Bruce|
Apr 17, 2010
Thanks Paul Ross for the wonderful pics, brings back some good memories.
From: Geneva, Switzerland
Jul 6, 2012
Just wanted to mention that they have released Michael Piola's Les Aiguilles Rouges Volume 1 guidebook in an English translation. It's a fantastic book with lots of routes and great beta. It can be a bit tough to find in stores sometimes though.