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Chamonix Valley & Aiguilles Rouges  


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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

20 Total Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',1],['5.8',4],['5.9',2],['5.10',11],['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]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Chamonix Valley & Aiguilles Rouges:
Cosmiques Arête   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b AI2 M4 Mod. Snow     Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1000'   Chamonix Aiguille : Aiguille de Midi
Lepidopteres    5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 600'   Chamonix Aiguille : Aiguille du Peigne
Crocs mignons et vieilles dentelles   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 5 pitches, 330'   Vallorcine
Rebuffat (Southeast Face)   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches   Chamonix Aiguille : Aiguille de Midi
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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The Southeast face of the Aiguille du Midi.

Rebuffat (Southeast Face) 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  Europe : France : ... : Aiguille de Midi
The ultra-classic moderate rock climb of the Vallee Blanche.Climbs immaculate granite up the sunny southeast face of the Aiguille du Midi, and then a simple 10-meter rappel back to the cable car station.After sampling the best granite in the Sierras and Colorado, I can say that the rock on the Rebuffat route, particularly the lower pitches, is hard to beat....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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