Midsummer in France
The revised edition of the Chamonix climbing guide is finally here. The summer in France can come. Climbing in the mountains around Chamonix. Awesome. The alpine ambience rejoices and you are guaranteed to be inspired.
The guide itself has an extremely practical format and is very well prepared. Very good site plans, good topos and understandable explanations of the location. Access and necessary equipment are described and of course the type of rock, the altitude of the area and the predominant style of climbing. All around good and for once in English!
The crags covered in this guidebook include Le Fayet (lower, upper and the Thermes), Servoz, La Pare, Le Labo, Les Chavants, Coupeau, Roc Dement, Roc des Os, Les Bossons, Les Gaillands, Le Brevent, Le Montenvers, Les Mottets, La Pierre d’Orthaz, Les Dalles de l’Arveyron, Le Chapeau, La Joux, La Chauffria monolith, Moraine d’Argentiere, L’Aiguillette d’Argentiere, Les Cheserys, Le Chenavier, Le Col des Montets (Argentiere side), Le Col des Montets (Vallorcine side), Vallorcine, Vallon de Berard, Le Passet (wall, lower and upper), Mur du Loup, Barberine and Gietroz.
Area: Mountains of Chamonix
Rock: gneiss, granite,
Difficulties: almost every grade, mostly the 5th and 6th grade of the french scale, single and multi pitches
Protection: from sport climbing conditions to semi equipped routes for trade climbing
Season: late spring, summer, early fall
revised Edition 2019
F. Burnier, D. Potard