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Elevation: 400'
Location: 50.2202, 4.8949 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

Rocher de Fre˙r is perhaps the most important climbing area in Belgium. Known as a destination climbing area since the 1920's, there's over 600 routes, 1000 pitches, on various buttresses, towers and faces on beautiful limestone overlooking the Meuse River.

With grades from easy to very very hard, there's a bit of something for all folks.

14 different formations, some reaching right down into the river, provide plenty of variety and terrain for climbing, all set in a lush forest. Steep cliffs up to 400 feet high provide for great position, nice views, and plenty of exposure.

Trails all start from the top of the plateau, hiking down to the base of the crags with short to very short approaches from the parking area. Some of the routes top out very near the road making climbing with all your kit a nice option at the end of a day.

Popular classic routes tend to be very polished. Protection is typically bolts, but, some folks find a small rack of nuts and cams useful for some of the runouts between the slick/slippery stances.

Campsite available run by the Belgian Alpine Club. There is also a fine hut, the CAB Refuge Duschesne, available for a stay. Both locations are very inexpensive (especially comparted to nearby hotels!).

Please use the toilet at the hut as there are no facilities at the crags. The hut also has hot showers and running water.

Getting There 

Travelling on the A4/E411, get off on the N97 and travel west towards Dinant/Anseremme. Take the N94 exit, either towards Dinant or Dréhance (faster as the road past Dréhance goes to Anseremme, avoiding a bit of traffic in Dinant).

From Dinant, take the N95 to Anseremme. Keep driving on N95 and as the road bends around to the south, it'll start up a hill. Go past Anseremme around 2 km cresting at the Plateau de Fre˙r. Look for "Le Chamonix" Cafe on the left (east) and then immediately on the right (west) a parking lot. This is the main parking lot for climbing.

Once past the main parking lot, the road continues south and descends off the plateau towards Falmignoul (and towards the bigger town of Beauraing).

For a fine view of the rock, find the N96 across the Meuse River from the main bridge in Dinant (near the train station), drive south past the Château de Fre˙r and look to the left (east). Several pullouts available for parking a car.

Also note if travelling by train, there is a stop in Anseremme, which would be a fairly short hike to the camping area.

Climbing Season



Weather station 13.0 miles from here

9 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',2],['5.8',0],['5.9',5],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]


Featured Route For Rocher de Fre˙r
Jean Bourgeois, aficionado of Freyr climbing, coming up the fourth pitch of L'Hypothénuse.   <br /> <br />

L'Hypothénuse 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b A0  Europe : Belgium : ... : Al'Legne
One of the classic multi pitch routes at Freyr, L'Hypothénuse ascends the middle of the south face of Al’Legne in 5 popular pitches.Locate the big chimney in the left facing corner, and, climb up to a ledge at about the 70 foot level. Follow the ramp out left and up to the next belay station around 50 feet away. These pitches could probably be combined. 5.4/5.6.The "interesting" pitch. Traverse across to the left and note a cord attached to a fixed point above on the blank looking terrain ah...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Rocher de Fre˙r from the plateau by the parking lot.
BETA PHOTO: Rocher de Fre˙r from the plateau by the parking lo...
Club Alpin Belge Refuge Jean Duchesne
BETA PHOTO: Club Alpin Belge Refuge Jean Duchesne
From the over look <br />
From the over look

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By lee pownall
Nov 18, 2010
personally, coming from the trap-rock and gneiss crags i climbed at in america, it was a bit unnerving to climb here. The rock is so incredibly slippery on all of the easier routes (escpecially the classics) that I was having lots of trouble even warming up on a 3c, let alone climbing at my top grade.
Still, an extensive well maintained crag, a beautiful area, and a hell of a lot of routes. I guess ill just have to get used to it :)