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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
  • 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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.5 miles from here

610 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',95],['3 Stars',191],['2 Stars',284],['1 Star',18],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',20],['5.7',26],['5.8',37],['5.9',40],['5.10',125],['5.11',43],['5.12',43],['5.13',21],['>=5.14',1],['',0],['<=V1',157],['V2-3',20],['V4-5',9],['V6-7',12],['V8-9',3],['V10-11',1],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in France

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for France:
Tour Ronde North Face   AI2-3 Steep Snow     Ice, Snow, Alpine, 1150'   Mont Blanc Range : Vallée Blanche Basin
Frendo Spur - Aiguille du Midi   AI3 M4     Mixed, Ice, Alpine, 3950'   Mont Blanc Range : Aiguilles de Chamonix (Plan...
Goulotte Chéré    AI4     Ice, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1150'   Mont Blanc Range : Vallée Blanche Basin
Cosmiques Arête   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b AI2 M4     Mixed, Ice, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1000'   Mont Blanc Range : Vallée Blanche Basin
Lepidopteres    5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 600'   Aiguilles de Chamonix : Aiguille du Peigne
Voie Frison-Roche   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 6 pitches, 650'   Aiguilles Rouges : Le Brévent
Dalles Grises   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 6 pitches, 500'   Belvedere de la Carelle : Dalles Grises
Voie Rébuffat-Baquet   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 11 pitches, 700'   Midi - Tacul : Aiguille du Midi
Contamine   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 9 pitches, 1640'   Aiguilles de Chamonix : Pointes Lachenal
La Javanaise   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 80'   Ceuse : Secteur Demi Lune
Angel Dust   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 80'   Ceuse : Secteur Demi Lune
La Petite Illusion   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 80'   Ceuse : Secteur Berlin
Pourquoi Pas   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 100'   Ceuse : Un pont sur l'infini
Super Mickey   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 75'   Ceuse : Secteur Cascade
Blocage Violent   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 70'   Ceuse : Secteur Berlin
San John's Pecos   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b     Sport, 80'   Ceuse : Secteur Berlin
Berlin   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 70'   Ceuse : Secteur Berlin
Makach Walou   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 85'   Ceuse : Secteur Berlin
Carte Blanche   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 80'   Ceuse : Secteur Demi Lune
Les Colonnettes   5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c     Sport, 100'   Ceuse : Secteur Biograpie
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Featured Route For France
Rock Climbing Photo: The North Face of Les Courtes. The Swiss route goe...

Swiss Route - North Face of Les Courtes AI3-4  Europe : France : ... : Argentière Basin
Before the development of modern ice climbing equipment, this was considered one of the most difficult North Faces in the Alps and was number 94 in Rebuffat's list of the 100 best routes in Mont Blanc, these days it is frequently soloed in a few hours by those competent and comfortable with the alpine exposure. Either way it is still one "the" classics and highly recommended.Cross the bergschrund on the North Face proper and climb the first third of the face straight up to where the couloir nar...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

Photos of France Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The quaint village of Sisteron, an hour's drive so...
The quaint village of Sisteron, an hour's drive so...
Rock Climbing Photo: Patrick Edlinger in the Verdon, photo: Bob Horan C...
Patrick Edlinger in the Verdon, photo: Bob Horan C...
Rock Climbing Photo: Pont du Arc in the Ardeche Gorge.  Definitely some...
Pont du Arc in the Ardeche Gorge. Definitely some...
Rock Climbing Photo: Les Calanques, France, photo: Bob Horan
Les Calanques, France, photo: Bob Horan
Rock Climbing Photo: North sides of Pelvoux, back left, Barre de Ecrins...
North sides of Pelvoux, back left, Barre de Ecrins...
Rock Climbing Photo: East Face, Grand Capucin, Swiss Route left skyline...
East Face, Grand Capucin, Swiss Route left skyline...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt Blanc du Tacul, East Face: Deep, sun-shade, cen...
BETA PHOTO: Mt Blanc du Tacul, East Face: Deep, sun-shade, cen...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt Blanc, Mt Maudit, East Face, Kuffner Ridge cent...
Mt Blanc, Mt Maudit, East Face, Kuffner Ridge cent...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing in Buoux, photo: Bob Horan Collection
Climbing in Buoux, photo: Bob Horan Collection
Rock Climbing Photo: Areas of France
BETA PHOTO: Areas of France
Rock Climbing Photo: The classic Mer de Glace face of Aiguille du Grepo...
BETA PHOTO: The classic Mer de Glace face of Aiguille du Grepo...
Rock Climbing Photo: Crazy winter sunset with the massif of Céüse in ...
Crazy winter sunset with the massif of Céüse in ...
Rock Climbing Photo: The backside of the 'Pic de Bure' massif (2709m/88...
The backside of the 'Pic de Bure' massif (2709m/88...
Rock Climbing Photo: On the way to Chamonix
On the way to Chamonix
Rock Climbing Photo: The beautiful pocketed sandstone of Buoux.  Home t...
The beautiful pocketed sandstone of Buoux. Home t...
Rock Climbing Photo: Volx.  The rock is remeniscent of Sitting Bull Fal...
Volx. The rock is remeniscent of Sitting Bull Fal...
Rock Climbing Photo: Paul Lanz at Boux in the late 80's.
Paul Lanz at Boux in the late 80's.
Rock Climbing Photo: Buoux, France, photo: Bob Horan
Buoux, France, photo: Bob Horan
Rock Climbing Photo: The cliffs above Orpierre offer an abundance of mo...
The cliffs above Orpierre offer an abundance of mo...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing in the Gorge du Verdon, photo: Bob Horan
Climbing in the Gorge du Verdon, photo: Bob Horan
Rock Climbing Photo: Bob Horan arriving at the Gorge du Verdon, France
Bob Horan arriving at the Gorge du Verdon, France
Rock Climbing Photo: Limestone everywhere (and thus routes everywhere) ...
Limestone everywhere (and thus routes everywhere) ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Magnifique Ceuse
Magnifique Ceuse
Rock Climbing Photo: The place to go when climbing at the Verdon Gorge ...
The place to go when climbing at the Verdon Gorge ...

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By Ben Bruestle
From: Pueblo, CO
Dec 31, 2008
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.
By Zach Alberts
From: Gap, Hautes-Alpes, France
Oct 6, 2012
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.
By Rui Ferreira
From: Longmont, CO
Mar 6, 2015
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.

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