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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

263 Total Routes

['4 Stars',58],['3 Stars',98],['2 Stars',82],['1 Star',13],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',8],['5.7',16],['5.8',26],['5.9',23],['5.10',75],['5.11',31],['5.12',38],['5.13',19],['>=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]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for France:
Goûter Route   Easy Snow PG13     Snow, Grade V   Mount Blanc
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... : Aiguille du Midi
Crocs mignons et vieilles dentelles   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 5 pitches, 330'   Chamonix Valley & Aiguilles... : Vallorcine
Rebuffat (Southeast Face)   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches   Vallee Blanche (White Valle... : Aiguille du Midi
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
La Javanaise   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 80'   Ceuse : Secture Demi Lune
Saint Georges Picos   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 80'   Ceuse : Secture Biograpie
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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'la javanaise' on the left and 'gre blanc' on the ...

Gre Blanc 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  Europe : France : ... : Secture Demi Lune
A newer line and also one of my favorite climbs at the Demi-Lune. I don't think i'll ever get tired of doing this one. Classic Ceuse face climbing on pockets and edges up a slightly overhanging orange wall. Start on good pockets which slowly get smaller until you make thin moves out left which lead to a sequential crux over a slight bulge at 40ft. More thin moves on shallow pockets lead through a couple big pockets good enough to shake out on. One more final crux through the final bulge (tricky...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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

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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.