/ European sport destinations a day drive from uk?
This year we have been to el chorro by plane, and i have driven to font twice.
I was hoping someone could suggest a new location we could reach in a days drive (or there abouts) that would offer a good mixture of sport climbing that would be in season.
Preferably with a good amount of grades between 5-7b to cover us both.
I was thinking possibly verdon, or somewhere in Spain but I have a rather limited knowledge of the sport venues available, if worst comes to worst we have agreed to boulder in font but it would be nice to make a trip to somewhere new, and have the ropes involved.
I have considered flying but driving could otentially be cheaper than flying out if we get a good deal on the tunnel/ferry.
Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated cheers x
The Pfalz might suit. Few autoroute tolls, with the chance of cheap(ish) fuel and some climbing in Luxembourg on the way, good camping, unusual but fun climbing and other possibilities such as the gneiss above the fleshpots of Baden Baden not too far away....and few Brits!!
> The Pfalz might suit. Few autoroute tolls, with the chance of cheap(ish) fuel and some climbing in Luxembourg on the way, good camping, unusual but fun climbing and other possibilities such as the gneiss above the fleshpots of Baden Baden not too far away....and few Brits!!
The Pfalz is great, but it's not really got much that much proper sport climbing below UIAA VII. It's got loads of great trad, and a fair bit of weird hybrid trad/sport though.
Just south of the Pfalz (ie. in France) is loads of fully equipped fine sandstone
We are in the French Jura, drove down yesterday, 7 hours from Zeebrugge. Very quiet, lost of decent little limestone crags scattered around the area.
Is there a catalogue of venues in the Jura ? we often end up there on family holidays and some escape options are always welcome ! I've got the Jingo Wobbly overview of Europe but there isn't a lot in there
I am using the Suisse Plasier guide - it has 62 venues in it. It mostly covers routes up to 6b but there is plenty of harder stuff around.
I'm not sure but I'd imagine Verdon could be getting a bit iffy weatherwise in October. Its also a looong drive.
Ardeche might be worth a look (I think thats quicker to get to than e.g. Orpierre)
Up to 6b sounds fine :-) I'll maybe try to look it out
Freyr in Belgium....
In October ?
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