Chamonix Valley & Aiguilles Rouges Rock Climbing
Paul Ross on the summit of the Aiguille du Geant.1...
The Mont Blanc range gets all the press, but the Chamonix Valley has outstanding cragging: good rock, no access problems, and views of the haute montagne.
Above the valley floor, the Aiguilles Rouges--opposite the Mont Blanc range--offer climbs with a more alpine-y feel that are easy to reach thanks to a web of trails and cable cars.
Essential guide books:
-Crag Climbs in Chamonix, by François Burnier and Dominique Potard. It's available in several languages, including English, at Chamonix's Maison de la Presse bookstore, across from Snell Sports (the place to go if you need gear!). This book includes everything in the valley plus some, but not all, climbs in the Aiguilles Rouges.
-There are a couple of guidebooks for the Aiguilles Rouges, but they're all in French. The newest has excellent pictures--I'll post more about it soon!
This section covers crags in the entire valley; depending on the time of year, most are easy to access via public transportation.
Weather station 15.1 miles from here
41 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',14],['2 Stars',18],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Chamonix Valley & Aiguilles Rouges
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Chamonix Valley & Aiguilles Rouges:
Featured Route For Chamonix Valley & Aiguilles Rouges
Contamine 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Europe
: ... : 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