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Chamonix Valley & Aiguilles Rouges Rock Climbing 


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Description 

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!

Getting There 

This section covers crags in the entire valley; depending on the time of year, most are easy to access via public transportation.

Climbing Season



Weather station 15.1 miles from here

27 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',3],['5.8',5],['5.9',3],['5.10',15],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Chamonix Valley & Aiguilles Rouges

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Chamonix Valley & Aiguilles Rouges:
Arête des Papillons   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 820'   Chamonix Aiguille : Aiguille du Peigne
Crocs mignons et vieilles dentelles   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 5 pitches, 330'   Vallorcine
Lepidopteres    5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 600'   Chamonix Aiguille : Aiguille du Peigne
Rebuffat (Southeast Face)   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches   Chamonix Aiguille : Aiguille de Midi
Crakoukass   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 8 pitches, 550'   Le Brévent
Voie Frison-Roche   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 6 pitches, 650'   Le Brévent
Voie Rébuffat-Baquet   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 11 pitches, 700'   Chamonix Aiguille : Aiguille de Midi
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Featured Route For Chamonix Valley & Aiguilles Rouges
Rock Climbing Photo: The cairn marking the descent to the cliff.

Ex Libris 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  Europe : France : ... : Le Brévent
This route can be done in as many as seven pitches or as few as four. It faces east and gets morning sun. While not as majestic as the Mont Blanc region directly across the valley, this cliff offers one of the few gear-protected routes in the area and allows for outstanding views of the Alps. The traditional first pitch (which we skipped) almost seems like a separate single pitch route due to a long section of 3rd class above it which can be hiked. This first pitch is bolted and goes at 6b (10c)...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

Photos of Chamonix Valley & Aiguilles Rouges Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Paul Ross on the summit of the Aiguille du Geant.1...
Paul Ross on the summit of the Aiguille du Geant.1...
Rock Climbing Photo: Historic photo! Ross and McInnes 1958. First Briti...
Historic photo! Ross and McInnes 1958. First Briti...
Rock Climbing Photo: hiking in Chamonix
hiking in Chamonix
Rock Climbing Photo: Paul Ross on the South Face of the Aiguille Du Gea...
Paul Ross on the South Face of the Aiguille Du Gea...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Aiguille de Dru. Above the town of Chamonix. T...
The Aiguille de Dru. Above the town of Chamonix. T...
Rock Climbing Photo: P.Ross Vallee Blanc 1959. Mt Blanc in the backgrou...
P.Ross Vallee Blanc 1959. Mt Blanc in the backgrou...
Rock Climbing Photo: In the Valle Blanc heading towards the Aiguille du...
In the Valle Blanc heading towards the Aiguille du...
Rock Climbing Photo: Historic photo ! . Chamonix camp site 1959.L to R....
Historic photo ! . Chamonix camp site 1959.L to R....
Rock Climbing Photo: Descending in a storm down from the Aiguille du Mo...
Descending in a storm down from the Aiguille du Mo...
Rock Climbing Photo: Historic photo.. P.Ross on day two (bivy site) on ...
Historic photo.. P.Ross on day two (bivy site) on ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Historic photo.1958 Hamish McInnes , Walter Philip...
Historic photo.1958 Hamish McInnes , Walter Philip...
Rock Climbing Photo: Color pic> Paul Ross and Hamish MacInnes on the...
Color pic> Paul Ross and Hamish MacInnes on the...
Rock Climbing Photo: View of the Mont Blanc Massif from Aiguille des Cr...
BETA PHOTO: View of the Mont Blanc Massif from Aiguille des Cr...
Rock Climbing Photo: Les Drus and Aiguille du Moine
Les Drus and Aiguille du Moine
Rock Climbing Photo: The spectacular Grand Capucin. A perfect 1500' gra...
The spectacular Grand Capucin. A perfect 1500' gra...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Mer de Glace glacier above Chamonix with the G...
The Mer de Glace glacier above Chamonix with the G...
Rock Climbing Photo: Grandes Jorasses. Old slides from the eighties... ...
Grandes Jorasses. Old slides from the eighties... ...
Rock Climbing Photo: room with a view  August 2013
room with a view August 2013
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbers on the upper section of the Bonatti Pilla...
Climbers on the upper section of the Bonatti Pilla...
Rock Climbing Photo: P.Ross. South Face Aiguille du Midi.1960
P.Ross. South Face Aiguille du Midi.1960
Rock Climbing Photo: John Harlin in the Argentiere basin.
John Harlin in the Argentiere basin.
Rock Climbing Photo: On the upper part of the Mer de Glace. .Photo P.Ro...
On the upper part of the Mer de Glace. .Photo P.Ro...
Rock Climbing Photo: Valle Blanche
Valle Blanche
Rock Climbing Photo: the beginning traverse on the SW/normal route of t...
the beginning traverse on the SW/normal route of t...

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By Larry Bruce
Apr 17, 2010
Thanks Paul Ross for the wonderful pics, brings back some good memories.
By Seleucus
From: Dallas, Texas
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.
By Ryan-G
From: San Diego
Apr 26, 2015
Contemplating a family vacation to Chamonix and Les Calques this summer. Never been to France or the region before...is it easy for an english speaker to find partners and if so is there a central hub at which to do so? I'm sure this is a little dependent on what grade you climb, so I'm alpine efficient 5.9 and will bring a rack, although may not be necessary for many moderates?

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