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Description 

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



Weather station 8.3 miles from here

4,961 Total Routes

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Europe:
Mittellegi Ridge 5b   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c A0     Aid, Alpine, 2000'   Switzerland : Eiger
Old Man of Hoy   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 460'   Scotland : Orkney Islands.. and the Ol...
Traumpfeiler (Pillar of Dreams)   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 9 pitches, 850'   Meteora : Heiliger Geist
Cima Piccola – South Arete Yellow edge   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 11 pitches, 1100'   Dolomites : Tre Cime di Lavaredo
A Dream of White Horses   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 300'   Anglesey : Gogarth
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 Rébuffat-Baquet   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 11 pitches, 700'   Chamonix Aiguille : Aiguille de Midi
Voie Frison-Roche   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 6 pitches, 650'   Chamonix Valley & Aiguilles... : Le Brévent
Thetis   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Kalymnos : Arhi
Cenotaph Corner   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   North Side : Dinas Cromlech
Comici   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, Alpine, 15 pitches, 1475'   Dolomites : Tre Cime di Lavaredo
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, 19 pitches, 1500'   Dolomites : Tofana di Rozes
Dafni   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 100'   Ghost Kitchen : Main Wall
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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Featured Route For Europe
The successful team ,exhausted but happy on the summit of Mt Catbells.The Mountain in the distance is Skiddaw,just over 3000',the third highest mountain in the Lake District.to the right distance Blencathra mountain. The Lake is Derwent Water ,at the top of the lake is the town of Keswick.

Catbells ...Hike 3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a V-easy 3 WI1 C0 Easy Snow PG13  Europe : United Kingdom : ... : Shepherds Crag
A short but fun and beautiful hike the other side of the lake from Shepherds Crag. From Keswick drive to the bottom of Catbells.(15mins). Stagger upwards (about 1500',1 to 1 1/2 miles.) to the summit.Note ;-BE CAREFUL .... This climb ,possibly the most popular as such in Britain has claimed many more lives than the North Face of the Eiger.I do not believe many if any from falling ,most I hear were from heart attack by the none too fit and or the elderly!. Never the less we took on the...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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The Bludgeon E1 5b . Borrowdale. Lake District UK
The Bludgeon E1 5b . Borrowdale. Lake District UK

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By LeeAB
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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.