The birthplace of our beloved pastime, the European continent is home to the world's most legendary & historic climbing venues. The Continent offers world-class destinations for all types of climbers, and many lifetimes of cultural activities to fill those pesky rest-days. Boulderers will enjoy the slopey sandstone of Fontainebleau
, or the granite of Switzerland
, Alpinists & Mountaineers the glaciated peaks & ice-covered walls of The Alps. Big wall climbers can enjoy the Dolomites
of northern Italy, the granite cracks of Chamonix
, or the sculpted limestone of Verdon
. Trad climbers will be hard-pressed to find more stringent ethics or more impressive summits than those of the Elbsandstein
or the Czech Republic
. Vacationing sport climbers have an unlimited supply of top-notch limestone at their fingertips, be it the long gentle overhangs of Ceuse
, the burly bulges of Frankenjura
, or the confounding stalagtites of Kalymnos
. The new generation of 'psycobloc' enthusiasts can test their mettle on the seacliffs of Croatia
Travel to Europe is simple but expensive. Most European airports are easy to navigate, with most signs printed in English as well as the native language. In most countries, some knowledge of the language is helpful, but usually a simple phrasebook & good grunting skills will suffice. A rental car will be beneficial for most trips to Europe. Many US rental companies operate in Europe, but are relatively expensive. Consider using a local provider to save a few Euros.
A valid passport is absolutely mandatory for all foreign travel from the US. Details on how to obtain a passport can be found here.
Virtually all European countries are party to the "Schengen Agreement", which means a visa is not required for stays of 90 days or less. To ensure your trip goes smoothly, visit the US State Department's Country Specific Page
at the early planning stage, for precise info regarding visas, vaccinations, or any other requirements.
Most European countries are part of the European Union, and use the Euro for currency. Current exchange rates can be found here.
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Classic Climbing Routes in Europe
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Ciao Vecchio 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Europe
: ... : Odyssey
Ciao Vecchio means, "good-bye to problem solving."Named so because, apparently, the chalk gremlins have come out en mass to show you, step by step, tick mark by tick mark, which holds to grab. Stevie Wonder could red point this climb. Ciao is so well mapped out, in fact, that personally I'd drop it a grade, maybe two. (But I'll let the official "11a" grade stand here. Just sayin' it's REAL soft.)Move up a low-angle ramp until the wall steepens and the pockets deepen. Paint by numbers up the tick...[more] Browse More Classics in International
The Bludgeon E1 5b . Borrowdale. Lake District UK
From: ABQ, NM
Jan 29, 2010
Hey Mono, Fontainebleau is...sandstone.
For communication, I've also found pantomiming to work well n conjunction with grunting.