/ Sport climbing in Chamonix or in the area

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mikewiggs - on 18 Feb 2013
Heading out to Chamonix in June for a week of biking with a bit of climbing thrown in. If anyone could advise on good sport crags in the valley, or on the way back through france towards normandy to stop at for a night or two that would be great!
Kid Spatula - on 18 Feb 2013
In reply to mikewiggs:

I enjoyed Vallorcine and Barberine. Bar the odd wildly iffy grading!

I also quite enjoyed the climbing at Servoz, some lovely routes and an eccentric cafe nearby!
Mike Stretford - on 18 Feb 2013
In reply to mikewiggs: I liked the Bourgogne area for on the way back.
Margaret - on 18 Feb 2013
In reply to mikewiggs: There's a little guide book called Crag Climbs in Chamonix. I liked Les Gaillands( Forestiers and Picsou areas) , La Joux and Barberine. You can get about using the train.
CurlyStevo - on 18 Feb 2013
In reply to mikewiggs:
Les Cheserys has some really nice long routes- Voie Bleue (F5+) is particularly good :)
jon on 18 Feb 2013
In reply to mikewiggs:

By far the best cragging is in the Vallorcine valley, 20 miutes drive from Chamonix. For easy grades there is the Vallorcine slab (the Rocher du Saix) and for intermediate to hard grades there are the crags of Barberine and Giétroz. Approaches for any of these crags are very short - from less than 10 minutes. Mixture of single pitch - absolute gems are La Zone, Afrique and the Gorge sectors - and multipitch. http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crag.php?id=1951
http://www.ukclimbing.com/photos/item.html?crag=1951
http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/book.php?id=541
Guy - on 18 Feb 2013
In reply to mikewiggs: A bit of a drive from Cham back towards Geneva but the crag at the top of the Col de la Colombiere is good fun and a bit different.
Kid Spatula - on 18 Feb 2013
In reply to mikewiggs:

Does anyone know what the very impressive mountain range of I think limestone behind Servoz is called by the way?
jon on 18 Feb 2013
In reply to Kid Spatula:

Rochers du Fiz. Some very hard routes there. Those crags carry on around almost to Sixt.
deepstar - on 18 Feb 2013
In reply to mikewiggs:Some pleasant easy sport climbs here. http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=205052
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mikewiggs - on 18 Feb 2013
In reply to jon: Great info jon, and everyone, thank you! Vallorcine valley climbing looks pretty extensive. Much appreciated!

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