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Areas in France

.Snow, Ice and Mixed 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14 / 0 / 7 / 20 / 20
Alsace 0 / 7 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Calanques 2 / 21 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 24
Centre 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Corsica 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Fontainebleau 0 / 0 / 0 / 310 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 310
Gorge du Verdon 2 / 13 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13
North-East 0 / 13 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13
Northern Alps 32 / 106 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 30 / 135
Provence 1 / 72 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 73
Pyrenees 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Southern Alps 1 / 136 / 12 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 141
Elevation: 130 ft
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Shared By: Braxtron on Jun 27, 2008 with updates from kenr
Admins: Euan Cameron, Luc-514

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
  • Northeast
  • 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, Southern Alps, Gorge du Verdon, Ceuse
Marseille MRS - South, Provence, Calanques, Buoux, Volx
Toulouse Blagnac TLS - Southwest, 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.
AI3 M4 Steep Snow
 8
Frendo Spur - Aiguille du Midi
Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine
V5 6C
 5
Duroxomanie black 29
Boulder
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b AI2 M4 Mod. Snow
 38
Cosmiques Arête
Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine 8 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 9
Arête des Papillons
Trad, Alpine 14 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 21
Voie Rébuffat-Baquet
Trad, Alpine 11 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 25
Voie Frison-Roche
Sport 6 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 3
Voie des Suisses - exit O Sole Mio
Trad, Alpine 12 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 7
Contamine
Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 8
Angel Dust
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 9
La Petite Illusion
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 13
Super Mickey
Sport
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 4
Blocage Violent
Sport
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
 9
San John's Pecos
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 4
Carte Blanche
Sport
5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c
 7
Les Colonnettes
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Frendo Spur - Aiguille du Midi .Snow, Ice and… > Mont Blanc Range > Aiguilles de Chamonix…
 8
AI3 M4 Steep Snow Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine
Duroxomanie black 29 Fontainebleau > Cuvier-Chatillon > Cuvier Est (Bellevue)
 5
V5 6C Boulder
Cosmiques Arête .Snow, Ice and… > Mont Blanc Range > Vallée Blanche Basin
 38
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b AI2 M4 Mod. Snow Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine 8 pitches
Arête des Papillons Northern Alps > … > Aiguilles de Ch… > Aiguille du Peigne
 9
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 14 pitches
Voie Rébuffat-Baquet Northern Alps > … > Midi - Tacul > Aiguille du Midi
 21
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Alpine 11 pitches
Voie Frison-Roche Northern Alps > … > Aiguilles Rouges > Le Brévent
 25
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport 6 pitches
Voie des Suisses - exit O S… Northern Alps > … > Midi - Tacul > Grand Capucin
 3
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Alpine 12 pitches
Contamine Northern Alps > … > Aiguilles de Ch… > Pointes Lachenal
 7
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
Angel Dust Southern Alps > Ceuse > Secteur Demi Lune
 8
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
La Petite Illusion Southern Alps > Ceuse > Secteur Berlin
 9
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Super Mickey Southern Alps > Ceuse > Secteur Cascade
 13
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Blocage Violent Southern Alps > Ceuse > Secteur Berlin
 4
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
San John's Pecos Southern Alps > Ceuse > Secteur Berlin
 9
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b Sport
Carte Blanche Southern Alps > Ceuse > Secteur Demi Lune
 4
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
Les Colonnettes Southern Alps > Ceuse > Secteur Biographie
 7
5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c Sport
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Ben Bruestle
Pueblo, CO
Ben Bruestle   Pueblo, CO
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. Dec 31, 2008
Zach Alberts
Gap, Hautes-Alpes, France
Zach Alberts   Gap, Hautes-Alpes, France
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 Marseilles, 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. Oct 6, 2012

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