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By Andre Dahlman
From Washington DC
Apr 19, 2012
I'm heading to France in late July and I've managed to weasel in 4 - 5 days of climbing in Chamonix. Its my first time to the region and I don't have a lot of time so I'm hoping to glean some beta before I go.

I'm predominantly interested in technical multipitch climbing. Most of the information I've found is for either cragging around the valley floor or non technical mountaineering.

Can the good folks of mountain project point me towards some links/books that might give me a better idea of the technical rock routes in the area?

Thanks.

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By aliebling
Apr 19, 2012
Aiguilles Rouges for long bolted climbing
needlesports.com/Catalogue/Boo...

Envers des Aiguilles for trad
needlesports.com/Catalogue/Boo...

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By FrankPS
From Atascadero, CA
Apr 19, 2012
Andre,

The Augille Rouge, across the Cham valley from the Mont Blanc massif, has numerous multi-pitch rock climbs, sans the glaciers. Both the Mt. Blanc massif and the Augille Rouge have the telepherique systems for easy access. Someone else will have to provide links to guidebooks or websites for the area.

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By ddriver
From SLC
Apr 19, 2012
aliebling wrote:
Envers des Aiguilles for trad needlesports.com/Catalogue/Boo...


The Envers is a good area for a variety of rock routes close to the hut, many with very little commitment, but you can put together a lot of pitches if so desired. Very nice setting on the Mer de Glace, reasonably short hike in. But, it can be crowded, so check in town to see if you can reserve a spot if you decide to go up. We used a Michel Piola guidebook, I think, but that was quite a few years ago.


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By ddriver
From SLC
Apr 19, 2012
See if you can run down a copy of Rebuffat's 100 great climbs on the Mont Blanc massif. Its a very good intro. You might find a library copy to look at if you don't want to buy it.

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By Andre Dahlman
From Washington DC
Apr 20, 2012
Thanks guys. I've tracked down a few of the recommended books. Looking forward to going through the material and putting together my little trip.

Any other advice and/or tips are welcome.

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By Jon H
From Boulder
Apr 21, 2012
At the matching crux
I spent almost a month there last year, hit me up on facebook, i've got some info for you. PS I'm back in DC pretty regularly - about 2 days a week, I haven't seen you at EarthTreks though - are you still around?

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