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.Snow, Ice and Mixed 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13 / 0 / 6 / 17 / 17
Calanques de Marseille 0 / 16 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 17
Centre 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Fontainebleau 0 / 0 / 0 / 240 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 240
Gorge du Verdon 2 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
North-East 0 / 13 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13
Northern Alps 30 / 107 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 29 / 134
Provence 0 / 73 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 73
Pyrenees 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Southern Alps 1 / 108 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 109
Elevation: 130 ft
GPS: 48.836, 2.373 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: Braxtron on Jun 27, 2008
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 de Marseille, Buoux, Volx
Toulouse Blagnac TLS - Southwest, Pyrenees, Occitanie
Geneve GNV - 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
Frendo Spur - Aiguille du Midi
Mixed, Ice, Alpine
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b AI2 M4
Cosmiques Arête
Mixed, Ice, Alpine 8 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Voie Frison-Roche
Sport 6 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Voie Rébuffat-Baquet
Trad, Alpine 11 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Contamine
Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
La Javanaise
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
La Petite Illusion
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Angel Dust
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Pourquoi Pas
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Super Mickey
Sport
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Blocage Violent
Sport
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
San John's Pecos
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Carte Blanche
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
L'ami caouette
Sport
5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c
Les Colonnettes
Sport
Frendo Spur - Aiguille du Midi .Snow, Ice and Mixed > Mont Blanc Range > Aiguilles de Chamonix (Plan de l… AI3 M4 Mixed, Ice, Alpine
Cosmiques Arête .Snow, Ice and Mixed > Mont Blanc Range > Vallée Blanche Basin 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b AI2 M4 Mixed, Ice, Alpine 8 pitches
Voie Frison-Roche Northern Alps > … > Aiguilles Rouges > Le Brévent 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport 6 pitches
Voie Rébuffat-Baquet Northern Alps > … > Midi - Tacul > Aiguille du Midi 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Alpine 11 pitches
Contamine Northern Alps > … > Aiguilles de Cham… > Pointes Lachenal 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
La Javanaise Southern Alps > Ceuse > Secteur Demi Lune 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
La Petite Illusion Southern Alps > Ceuse > Secteur Berlin 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Angel Dust Southern Alps > Ceuse > Secteur Demi Lune 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Pourquoi Pas Southern Alps > Ceuse > Un pont sur l'infini 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Super Mickey Southern Alps > Ceuse > Secteur Cascade 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Blocage Violent Southern Alps > Ceuse > Secteur Berlin 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
San John's Pecos Southern Alps > Ceuse > Secteur Berlin 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b Sport
Carte Blanche Southern Alps > Ceuse > Secteur Demi Lune 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
L'ami caouette Southern Alps > Ceuse > Secteur Demi Lune 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
Les Colonnettes Southern Alps > Ceuse > Secteur Biographie 5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c Sport
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Rui Ferreira
Boulder, CO
Rui Ferreira   Boulder, CO
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. Mar 6, 2015
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 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. Oct 6, 2012
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

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