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.Snow, Ice and Mixed Rock Climbing 

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Long before France was known as a rock climbing destination it was the high alpine summits that drew climbers to this country. Today this tradition continues with climbers from all over the world coming to France to bag a high summit or test their mettle on one of the famous alpine north faces. This area is organized by mountain ranges and depending on their size they are further organized by valleys or glacial basins.

Getting There 

The best way to access the French Alps from abroad is to fly into Geneva, Switzerland or Lyon, France. Geneva airport, on the border with France is the closest airport to the Mont Blanc range and has multiple transfer shuttles to Chamonix. Rental cars are also available and cheaper if rented from the French sector of the airport; you will require a vignette to travel on Swiss highways, or stick to French roads in and out of the airport (not easy to program on the GPS).

Lyon is an easy airport to navigate and offers plenty of connecting flights to other major airports in Europe. Lyon is the closest airport to access the Ecrins range, Belledonne, Chartreuse, etc. Lyon to Chamonix is a bit over 2 hours by car on toll roads.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.8 miles from here

17 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',10],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in .Snow, Ice and Mixed

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for .Snow, Ice and Mixed:
Goulotte Chéré    AI4     Ice, Alpine, 8 pitches, 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...
Tour Ronde North Face   AI2-3 Steep Snow     Ice, Snow, Alpine, 1150'   Mont Blanc Range : Vallée Blanche Basin
Arête des Bosses / Goûter Route   PG13     Alpine, Grade III   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
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Featured Route For .Snow, Ice and Mixed
Rock Climbing Photo: view soon after crossing the bergschrund

Tour Ronde North Face AI2-3 Steep Snow  Europe : France : ... : Vallée Blanche Basin
This is a spectacular introduction to the steep snow climbing found throughout the Mont Blanc range. During periods of lean snow there are two to three pitches of 65 degree ice half way up the face. Start by crossing the bergschrund on the right side and aim for the rocks above and right to set an anchor (60m) if necessary to belay the second. From here simul climb until the beginning of the ice pitches, where a 2 bolt anchor can be found on the right side on a rock shelf. Climb two to three...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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