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:
Most of the alpine playground from Geneva down to Grenoble.
Southeast of France
Mediterranean coast between the Pyrenees (Spain) to the Alps (Italy).
Southwest portion of France bordering with Spain.
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
Marseille MRS - South, Provence, Calanques de Marseille
Toulouse Blagnac TLS - Southwest, Pyrenees, Occitanie
Geneve GNV - Alps! Chamonix Valley & Aiguilles Rouges
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.
Weather station 2.5 miles from here
357 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',83],['3 Stars',132],['2 Stars',107],['1 Star',18],['Bomb',2]
Classic Climbing Routes in France
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for France:
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Frendo Spur - Aiguille du Midi
AI3 M4 Europe
: ... : Aiguilles de Chamonix (Plan...
The route meanders up the spine of the spur looking for the line of least resistance until the upper rock section is exited left on a slanting dihedral that goes around 5.8. The upper third of the route starts off on a steep aesthetic snow ridge followed by steep ice slopes, up to 80-degrees for two to three pitches either exiting left or right around the rock buttress at the top. The ice is steeper if going left. It is also possible to go directly up the upper rock buttress as done on the fir...[more] Browse More Classics in International
The quaint village of Sisteron, an hour's drive so...
Patrick Edlinger in the Verdon, photo: Bob Horan C...
Pont du Arc in the Ardeche Gorge. Definitely some...
Les Calanques, France, photo: Bob Horan
North sides of Pelvoux, back left, Barre de Ecrins...
East Face, Grand Capucin, Swiss Route left skyline...
Mt Blanc, Mt Maudit, East Face, Kuffner Ridge cent...
BETA PHOTO: Mt Blanc du Tacul, East Face, Deep, sun-shade cent...
Climbing in Buoux, photo: Bob Horan Collection
Crazy winter sunset with the massif of Céüse in ...
The backside of the 'Pic de Bure' massif (2709m/88...
The beautiful pocketed sandstone of Buoux. Home t...
Paul Lanz at Boux in the late 80's.
Buoux, France, photo: Bob Horan
The cliffs above Orpierre offer an abundance of mo...
Climbing in the Gorge du Verdon, photo: Bob Horan
Bob Horan arriving at the Gorge du Verdon, France
BETA PHOTO: The classic Mer de Glace face of Aiguille du Grepo...
BETA PHOTO: Areas of France
Volx. The rock is remeniscent of Sitting Bull Fal...
Limestone everywhere (and thus routes everywhere) ...
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