/ Euro ice climbing destination - recommendation wanted

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Tom Handley - on 08 Nov 2017
Hi,

Been to Rjukan and La Grave, both were great, Rjukan particularly. Can anyone recommend similarly accessible destinations in Europe? Hitting some of the below criteria would be useful:

- Easy to get to.
- Easy to travel between locations (roadside ice cragging ideal!).
- Good/existant guidebook.
- Reliable conditions.

Feel free to tell me off for being lazy but any pointers on the ideal lazy man's ice climbing venue much appreciated
GarethSL on 08 Nov 2017
In reply to Tom Handley:

Oppdal.
buxtoncoffeelover - on 08 Nov 2017
In reply to Tom Handley:

Cogne
Toby_W on 08 Nov 2017
In reply to Tom Handley:

Fournel valley, fressosniers (spelling) valley, ceiliac all on icefall.com.

Enjoy.

Toby

Big Lee - on 08 Nov 2017
In reply to buxtoncoffeelover:

I'd hardly call Cogne roadside cragging. I was doing some decent approaches times I remember. Cogne generally ticks the other boxes, although if there's avalanche risk then it can limit options.
pec on 08 Nov 2017
In reply to Big Lee:

Cogne isn't roadside (apart from Cascade de Lillaz) but a lot of it has quite short walk ins.
Big Lee - on 08 Nov 2017
In reply to Tom Handley:

There's a lot of craggy short approach stuff up Gudbrandsdalen north of Lillehammer. PDF guide is on the Lillehammer klatreklubb web page. Conditions very reliable. Couple of hours drive from the airport. Mainly WI3-4 though. Not much above.
beardy mike - on 08 Nov 2017
In reply to Tom Handley:

I'm totally biased but it's between 3 and 20 minutes walk to the routes from the car park. Drop me a line if you want more info!

https://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=7253
Nick Harvey - on 08 Nov 2017
http://northnorwayice.blogspot.co.uk
Not all that lazy, but pick the right routes and it could be.
Tom Handley - on 09 Nov 2017
Excellent, loads of good recommendations to look into. Thanks very much everyone!
Ramon Marin - on 09 Nov 2017
In reply to Tom Handley:

Cogne and Kandersteg are the obvious
Lil_Pete - on 09 Nov 2017
In reply to Tom Handley:

Seconding Mike (Beardy)'s recommendation - do like Serrai di Sottoguda

http://www.casa-alfredino.co.uk/uncategorized/guest-blog-pete-comes-ice-climbing/

That said I'm biased he had me out there to play, but did book straightaway to go back the next year.

Pete
buxtoncoffeelover - on 09 Nov 2017
In reply to Big Lee:

'Roadside cragging' was an 'ideal', & there's plenty to be had (eg the climbing below the road at Moline; Lillaz Gully itself & variants). There's also plenty of longer walk-ins, but many routes can be accessed within an hours fairly undemanding walking (& I am a lazy Peak District climber!!)
Tom Handley - on 10 Nov 2017
In reply to Tom Handley:

Awesome, thanks again all. Probably Cogne this time, Serrai di Sottoguda next
Skyfall - on 11 Nov 2017
In reply to Tom Handley:

I'd second Cogne. I stayed a few times at La Barme, a really nice family run hotel in Valle d'Aosta. It was a while back but popular with ice climbers and seems to get v good reviews still.

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g736252-d315008-Reviews-Hotel_La_Barme-Cogne_Valle_d_Aost...
caver - on 11 Nov 2017
In reply to Tom Handley:

This is a good base for the Ecrins; and the icefall.com link is useful for conditions.

http://www.alpineaccomodation.com/#/ice-climbing/4545021428
Ccmilree - on 15:26 Wed
In reply to Tom Handley:

Hi Tom,

There is a group of us (6-8 people) heading out to Oppdal from Gatwick on the 27th Dec-2nd Jan. We are looking to book a 12 bed house 30 mins for Oppdal. So there's plenty of room if you are looking for accommodation in the area. Let me know if you think you may be interested.

Cheers

Caroline
Pay Attention - on 11:17 Thu
In reply to Tom Handley:

I've got accom booked at a hotel 30 minutes walk from Sottoguda for the week Jan 7 - 14.
Here's the logbook entry for Sottoguda :
Serrai di Sottoguda

I'm looking for a climbing partner for the week, climbing @ WI2 - WI4+.
Fly out from Stansted on Sunday morning; return Sunday afternoon.
Email me if interested

In reply to Tom Handley:

Another vote for Sottoguda and Mikes apartment. Fantastic venue:

https://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=270120

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