Elevation: 130 ft
GPS: 48.83583, 2.37317
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Description

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

What's listed on Mountainproject is pretty dismal compared to what is available to be climbed, you could spent days trying to figure out what to climb when preparing a trip.

Areas have been split up as:

* Northern Alps
Most of the alpine playground from Geneva down to Grenoble.

* Southern Alps
Southeast of France

* Provence
Mediterranean coast between the Pyrenees (Spain) to the Alps (Italy).

* Pyrenees
Southwest portion of France bordering with Spain.

* Northwest
Bretagne, Normandie, Hauts de France

* Northeast
Grand Est

* Center

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.

There's more than one way to travel, depending on which carrier, you can plan to land at different airports:
Charles de Gaule CDG & Orly ORY - Paris, center of the country, Fontainebleau
Nice NCE - Southeast, 05 Southern Alps, Gorge du Verdon, Ceuse
Marseille MRS - South, 06 Provence, Calanques, Buoux, Volx
Toulouse Blagnac TLS - Southwest, 07 Pyrenees, Occitanie
Geneva GVA - Alps! Chamonix Mont Blanc

Don't automatically grab a car at your arriving airport, often it's cheaper to commute using a cheap city hopper flight or train ride, once at destination, a car often becomes helpful but not mandatory since the public transit system is very widespread.

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Classic Climbing Routes at France

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
Easy Snow PG13
 20
Arête des Bosses / Goûter Route
Snow, Alpine
AI4 M3
 24
Goulotte Chéré
Mixed, Ice, Alpine 8 pitches
V3 6A
 12
La Marie-Rose
Boulder
V5 6C
 12
Duroxomanie black 29
Boulder
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b AI2 M4 Mod. Snow
 69
Cosmiques Arête
Trad, Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c A0
 26
Arête des Papillons
Trad, Aid, Alpine 14 pitches
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c AI3 M4 Steep Snow
 14
Frendo Spur - Aiguille du Midi
Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 50
Voie Frison-Roche
Sport 6 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 9
Voie des Suisses - exit O Sole Mio
Trad, Alpine 12 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 47
Voie Rébuffat-Baquet
Trad, Alpine 11 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 22
Voie Contamine
Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 22
La Petite Illusion
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 20
Angel Dust
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 16
Super Mickey
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 11
Makach Walou
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Arête des Bosses / Goûter R… 04 Northern Alps > … > Mont Blanc + fr… > Mont Blanc
 20
Easy Snow PG13 Snow, Alpine
Goulotte Chéré 04 Northern Alps > … > Midi - Tacul > Vallée Blanche Basin
 24
AI4 M3 Mixed, Ice, Alpine 8 pitches
La Marie-Rose Fontainebleau > Cuvier-Chatillon > Bas Cuvier
 12
V3 6A Boulder
Duroxomanie black 29 Fontainebleau > Cuvier-Chatillon > Cuvier Est (Bellevue)
 12
V5 6C Boulder
Cosmiques Arête 04 Northern Alps > … > Midi - Tacul > Vallée Blanche Basin
 69
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b AI2 M4 Mod. Snow Trad, Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine 2 pitches
Arête des Papillons 04 Northern Alps > … > Aiguilles de Ch… > Aiguille du Peigne
 26
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c A0 Trad, Aid, Alpine 14 pitches
Frendo Spur - Aiguille du Midi .Snow, Ice & Mixed > Mont Blanc Range > Aiguilles de Chamonix…
 14
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c AI3 M4 Steep Snow Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine
Voie Frison-Roche 04 Northern Alps > … > Aiguilles Rouges > Le Brévent
 50
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport 6 pitches
Voie des Suisses - exit O S… 04 Northern Alps > … > Midi - Tacul > Grand Capucin
 9
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Alpine 12 pitches
Voie Rébuffat-Baquet 04 Northern Alps > … > Midi - Tacul > Aiguille du Midi
 47
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Alpine 11 pitches
Voie Contamine 04 Northern Alps > … > Midi - Tacul > Pointes Lachenal
 22
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
La Petite Illusion 05 Southern Alps > Ceuse > Secteur Berlin
 22
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Angel Dust 05 Southern Alps > Ceuse > Secteur Demi Lune
 20
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Super Mickey 05 Southern Alps > Ceuse > Secteur Cascade
 16
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Makach Walou 05 Southern Alps > Ceuse > Secteur Berlin
 11
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
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