Login with Facebook
 ADVANCED
Belgium

Select Area...
Meuse River Valley 

Belgium  


Photos:  Recent | Best | Popular
Elevation: 700'
Location: 50.2263, 4.8922 View Map  Incorrect?
Page Views: 8,636
Administrator: Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Brian in SLC on Feb 2, 2010
Forecast:
You & This Area
Best routes for YOU in this area
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]

Description 

As one of the smaller countries in Western Europe (under 12k square miles/31k square km), Belgium has a number of high quality climbing locations.

The rock is primarily limestone. The bulk of the climbing is located in the Meuse River Valley, near the cities of Namur and Dinant. These areas in southern Belgium are in a region known as "Wallonia" and are primarily French-speaking.

Rest days can be spent touring historical sites, visiting Trappist abbeys and enjoying the liquid fruits of their labors, eating mussels and fries (invented in Belgium?), chocolate, cheese...

Getting There 

Major airports in Brussels and Antwerp.

Main motorways are E19 from the Netherlands, E40 from Germany, E411 from Luxembourg and E17 and E19 from France.

Other options would be bus, train and by sea (several car-ferry services available to/from the UK).

While a rental car would be very useful, it may also be possible to take advantage of the train lines as they serve towns very close to some of the climbing areas. Local buses would be an option as well.

Climbing Season



Weather station 12.8 miles from here

17 Total Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',2],['5.8',2],['5.9',7],['5.10',4],['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 Belgium
A ways off the pitch 1 belay, prior to the traverse to the right onto the edge of the pillar.

Les Cinq ¬nes 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  Europe : Belgium : ... : Les Cinq ¬nes
An undeniable classic. Les Cinq ¬nes has fantastic exposure and phenominal position as it climbs up the steep, main prow of the formation.Pitch 1: scramble on low angle rock, gaining the lower angle ridge crest and rising up to the right towards steeper ground. Step to the left and climb a corner system which morphs into a chimney. Belay at the top of the chimney. Around 90 feet long.Pitch 2: climb on bucket holds up and to the right. Traverse to the right gaining the arÍte (whoo hoo!). ...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

Comments on Belgium Add Comment
Show which comments
By Blitzo
Aug 3, 2010
Ah! Now I know why you know so much about Belgian beer, Brian. We'll have to drink some together!