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Alpine Rock Climbing…
The alps aren’t just about snow, ice and glaciers. For the rock climber there’s an incredible array of rock climbing possibilities, from valley based “cragging” through to mid and high mountain multi pitch adventures.
Chamonix is an excellent base for alpine rock climbing, with crags dotted about the valley floor below the imposing Chamonix Aiguilles on the north side and the compact rock of the Aiguille Rouge to the south. Everything from single pitch bolted sport routes to 800m granite trad climbs!
The lift system in the valley means we can access the high mountains for rock climbing routes very quickly, enabling long routes to be completed in a single day. Climbs on the south face of the Aiguille du Midi and others from the Helbronner lift do require crampons and an axe to access them, but many routes on the Aiguilles require nothing more than a pair of walking boots or approach shoes.
If the weather is inclement in the high mountains then we often head through the Mont Blanc tunnel to the Aosta valley where again there are a variety of routes on offer, including some great multi pitch booted routes at Arnad.
Our Rock climbing trips are run on a private bespoke basis, meaning we can pick the venue and route according to your rock climbing grade and experience. We guide classic routes as well as offering instructional “workshops” such as self rescue techniques, multi-pitch climbing and trad climbing.
When is the best season to Rock Climb in the Alps?
The best season for rock climbing is normally mid July to September, but it is possible to climb either side of those dates. Sometimes in the early season (June) the lifts are shut and there can be a little snow to access the routes, all of which just means venue choice is more critical. September and October can be excellent times to climb, but the high mountain routes are a little too cold normally, so we stick to lower venues.
How good do I need to be?
The Chamonix valley caters for every climbing ability and ambition, there really is everything from the complete beginner through to experienced trad climbers wanting to climb long routes in the high mountains.
What equipment do I need?
Our guiding prices include technical rock climbing equipment, apart from rock climbing shoes that can be hired locally. We recommend bringing your own harness, helmet and shoes if you have them.
Why climb with a mountain guide?
Our guides are internationally qualified, experienced and love rock climbing! No other qualification allows you to access the terrain and climbs that a mountain guide can. We can pick the venue according to the weather and conditions, and take you across glaciers, snow or whatever to get there if we wish.
Our guides have a strong back ground in traditional climbing in the UK and all over the world. Read more about us...