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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 & Mallorca.

Getting There 

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.

Travel Information 

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.

Climbing Season

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5,752 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',843],['3 Stars',1837],['2 Stars',1663],['1 Star',1008],['Bomb',60]

Classic Climbing Routes in Europe

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Europe:
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
Mittellegi Ridge 5b   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c A0     Aid, Alpine, 2000'   Switzerland : Eiger
Traumpfeiler (Pillar of Dreams)   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 9 pitches, 850'   Meteora : Heiliger Geist
Old Man of Hoy   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 460'   Scotland : Orkney Islands.. and the Ol...
A Dream of White Horses   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 300'   Anglesey : Gogarth
Cima Piccola – South Arete Yellow edge   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 11 pitches, 1100'   Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Drei ... : Cima Piccola
Flying Buttress Direct   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Christmas Crack : The Flying Buttress
Motörhead   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 14 pitches, 1600'   Grimsel : Eldorado
Monahiki Elia   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Kalymnos : Grande Grotta
Voie Frison-Roche   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 6 pitches, 650'   Chamonix Valley & Aiguilles... : Le Brévent
Voie Rébuffat-Baquet   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 11 pitches, 700'   Chamonix Aiguille : Aiguille de Midi
Thetis   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Kalymnos : Arhi
North Face - Comici   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, Alpine, 15 pitches, 1475'   Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Drei ... : Cime Grande
Cenotaph Corner   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   North Side : Dinas Cromlech
Vestpillaren   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 12 pitches, 1300'   Lofoten : Presten
Magrana   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 70'   Margalef : Raco de la Finestra
Punsola-Reniu   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, Alpine, 7 pitches, 750'   Gorros : Cavall Bernat
South Face, Buttress 2, Pilastro Route (Constantini/Apollonio)   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, Alpine, 19 pitches, 1500'   Tofana Group : Tofana di Rozes
DNA   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Kalymnos : Grande Grotta
Ivi   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Kalymnos : Grande Grotta
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Linker Steinbruchfall WI2  Europe : Switzerland : ... : Schöllenen
Wide smear of ice above the first hairpin turn on the road to Andermatt.Very popular, be prepared to share the ice! Wide enough to accomodate multiple parties in places.Can be done in 2 pitches with 60 m ropes, with a bit of simulclimbing.Very mellow start, only a short step of vertical ice in the middle of P2 (if doing it in 3)....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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The Bludgeon E1 5b . Borrowdale. Lake District UK

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By LeeAB
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.

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