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France Rock Climbing 


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Description 

There's more to this Euro country than just wine, cheese, and your French maid fantasy. If you're into any type of climbing (bouldering, sport, trad, alpine, ice), there are many world-class routes/problems to be had.

Getting There 

From the US: Save up your $ and ride in one of those fancy aeroplanes. Ask the pilot nicely to drop you off in Paris. Unless of course, you'd rather spend weeks at sea developing scurvy. I suggest the former.

Climbing Season



Weather station 25.5 miles from here

314 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',73],['3 Stars',115],['2 Stars',93],['1 Star',16],['Bomb',2]
['<=5.6',8],['5.7',21],['5.8',28],['5.9',26],['5.10',98],['5.11',38],['5.12',39],['5.13',20],['>=5.14',1],['',0],['<=V1',10],['V2-3',13],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',1],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in France

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for France:
Chèré Goulotte (Gully)   AI4     Ice, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1150'   Mont Blanc Range : Vallée Blanche Basin
Goûter Route   Easy Snow PG13     Snow, Grade V   Mount Blanc
Tour Ronde North Face   AI2-3 Steep Snow     Ice, Snow, Alpine, 1150'   Mont Blanc Range : Vallée Blanche Basin
Cosmiques Arête   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b AI2 M4 Mod. Snow     Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1000'   Vallee Blanche (White Valle...
Arête des Papillons   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 820'   Chamonix Aiguille : Aiguille du Peigne
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
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
La Javanaise   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 80'   Ceuse : Secture Demi Lune
Pourquoi Pas   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 100'   Ceuse : Un pont sur l'infini
La Petite Illusion   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 80'   Ceuse : Secture Berlin
Angel Dust   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 80'   Ceuse : Secture Demi Lune
Super Mickey   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 75'   Ceuse : Secture Cascade
Blocage Violent   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 70'   Ceuse : Secture Berlin
San John's Pecos   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b     Sport, 80'   Ceuse : Secture Berlin
Berlin   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 70'   Ceuse : Secture Berlin
Le Privililege du Serpent   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 80'   Ceuse : Secture Cascade
Carte Blanche   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 80'   Ceuse : Secture Demi Lune
Les Colonnettes   5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c     Sport, 100'   Ceuse : Secture Biograpie
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Featured Route For France
Rock Climbing Photo: On the route

Contamine 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  Europe : France : ... : Pointes Lachenal
Start on the right of a dihedral, via a small crack which leaves directly from the glacier (UK-5a /US-5.8). Climb a slab on the left (UK-4a /US-5.5) to reach a broad crack that you climb until a large ledge (UK-5a /US-5.8). Then climb a small dihedral (UK-5a /US-5.8) to reach a quartz ledge. On the right, a 40m crack in UK-5a /US-5.8 leads to the ridge. Halfway up this pitch, there is a variant via another crack on the left, then on the right, which leads to the same belay, (same difficulty). St...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

Photos of France Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The quaint village of Sisteron, an hour's drive so...
The quaint village of Sisteron, an hour's drive so...
Rock Climbing Photo: Patrick Edlinger in the Verdon, photo: Bob Horan C...
Patrick Edlinger in the Verdon, photo: Bob Horan C...
Rock Climbing Photo: Pont du Arc in the Ardeche Gorge.  Definitely some...
Pont du Arc in the Ardeche Gorge. Definitely some...
Rock Climbing Photo: Les Calanques, France, photo: Bob Horan
Les Calanques, France, photo: Bob Horan
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing in Buoux, photo: Bob Horan Collection
Climbing in Buoux, photo: Bob Horan Collection
Rock Climbing Photo: The legendary Southern crag of Orgon.  Home to num...
The legendary Southern crag of Orgon. Home to num...
Rock Climbing Photo: The beautiful pocketed sandstone of Buoux.  Home t...
The beautiful pocketed sandstone of Buoux. Home t...
Rock Climbing Photo: On the way to Chamonix
On the way to Chamonix
Rock Climbing Photo: Bob Horan arriving at the Gorge du Verdon, France
Bob Horan arriving at the Gorge du Verdon, France
Rock Climbing Photo: Limestone everywhere (and thus routes everywhere) ...
Limestone everywhere (and thus routes everywhere) ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing in the Gorge du Verdon, photo: Bob Horan
Climbing in the Gorge du Verdon, photo: Bob Horan
Rock Climbing Photo: The backside of the 'Pic de Bure' massif (2709m/88...
The backside of the 'Pic de Bure' massif (2709m/88...
Rock Climbing Photo: The classic Mer de Glace face of Aiguille du Grepo...
BETA PHOTO: The classic Mer de Glace face of Aiguille du Grepo...
Rock Climbing Photo: The place to go when climbing at the Verdon Gorge ...
The place to go when climbing at the Verdon Gorge ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Grandes Jorasses.  The Walker Spur is the steep fa...
Grandes Jorasses. The Walker Spur is the steep fa...
Rock Climbing Photo: Magnifique Ceuse
Magnifique Ceuse
Rock Climbing Photo: The cliffs above Orpierre offer an abundance of mo...
The cliffs above Orpierre offer an abundance of mo...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Aguille du Midi
The Aguille du Midi
Rock Climbing Photo: Volx.  The rock is remeniscent of Sitting Bull Fal...
Volx. The rock is remeniscent of Sitting Bull Fal...
Rock Climbing Photo: Crazy winter sunset with the massif of Céüse in ...
Crazy winter sunset with the massif of Céüse in ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Buoux, France, photo: Bob Horan
Buoux, France, photo: Bob Horan
Rock Climbing Photo: Palace at Fontainebleau
Palace at Fontainebleau

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By Ben Bruestle
From: Pueblo, CO
Dec 31, 2008
The best place for gear and beta in Paris is at Au Vieux Campeur. The shop is located at 48 rue Ecoles, near the Maubert Mutualite bus/metro stop.
By Zach Alberts
From: Gap, Hautes-Alpes, France
Oct 6, 2012
If you're not planning on visiting Paris or bouldering in Font, there are closer and probably cheaper places to fly into than Paris. Look into Marsielle, Lyon or Geneva. Otherwise your looking at another 6+hrs of travel on the train or by car to get to the bulk of the climbing...train tickets can be expensive and by car you'd be traveling on toll roads, not to mention paying a hefty $8 a gallon for gas.
By Rui Ferreira
From: Longmont, CO
Mar 6, 2015
Is it possible to separate areas by rock climbs and snow/ice/mixed routes? At the moment for example it is all combined for Chamonix and Aiguilles Rouges. I would like to add snow/ice/mixed routes, but would like to see some better structure.

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