/ Best guidebook for Chamonix alps
Sorry I didn't specify this, I'm after an alpine guidebook, have done some alpine climbing before but not in the Chamonix area
The Mont Blanc Range by Jean-Louis Laroche is great for the classic snow, ice and mixed alpine routes.
There is also a '6a+ max' rock climbing guidebook detailing classics up to that grade across the massif. I've searched google but can't seem to find the title or author, perhaps it is French language only... You'll be able to find either in a tabac or outdoor shop in Chamonix.
Gus Morton has wrote a few pieces containing good routes at low / medium grades.
this was a classic a few years ago:
worth getting most up to date copy you can, think there was a few reprints as some esaier routes went out of condition
You can access Gus Morton's list at www.alpine-club.org.uk/funalps/
Click on Happy Alpine to get a list of 191 routes up to TD-
When you open the pdf files, click on the routes, you'll get the route description on Camp to Camp.
Buses are really good in the valley - if you plan to use the Grand Montets lift in Argentiere it opens from 28th June.
Have a good time!
… this is a new edition this year and all the routes are in the F - AD+ range; most good climbing shops should have this for sale / in stock...
I agree with thomaspomfrett, Snow, Ice and Mixed are really good. Nice clear annotated photos and more routes than you could do in a lifetime
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