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Meuse River Valley 

Belgium 


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Elevation: 700'
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Submitted By: Brian in SLC on Feb 2, 2010
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Dinant, Belgium.

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.


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['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',2],['5.8',2],['5.9',3],['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
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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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!