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Description 

The Mont Blanc range gets all the press, but the Chamonix Valley has outstanding cragging: good rock, no access problems, and views of the haute montagne.

Above the valley floor, the Aiguilles Rouges--opposite the Mont Blanc range--offer climbs with a more alpine-y feel that are easy to reach thanks to a web of trails and cable cars.

Essential guide books:
-Crag Climbs in Chamonix, by François Burnier and Dominique Potard. It's available in several languages, including English, at Chamonix's Maison de la Presse bookstore, across from Snell Sports (the place to go if you need gear!). This book includes everything in the valley plus some, but not all, climbs in the Aiguilles Rouges.

-There are a couple of guidebooks for the Aiguilles Rouges, but they're all in French. The newest has excellent pictures--I'll post more about it soon!

Getting There 

This section covers crags in the entire valley; depending on the time of year, most are easy to access via public transportation.

Climbing Season



Weather station 15.1 miles from here

17 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',1],['5.8',4],['5.9',2],['5.10',9],['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]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Chamonix Valley & Aiguilles Rouges:
Crocs mignons et vieilles dentelles   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 5 pitches, 330'   Vallorcine
Voie Frison-Roche   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 6 pitches, 650'   Le Brévent
Voie Rébuffat-Baquet   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 11 pitches, 700'   Chamonix Aiguille : Aiguille de Midi
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Topo of the Route Voie Frison-Roche on Brevent in the Aiguilles Rouges.

Voie Frison-Roche 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b  Europe : France : ... : Le Brévent
This route is a true classic in the Aiguille Rouges. It maintains a fairly consistently difficulty throughout. The 4th and 5th pitches are real beauties with fantastic cracks somewhat anomalous for the Aiguilles Rouges. Pitch 1 (5.10a): The first pitch moves from a bolt on the face at the end of the approach path. From here, the climb move up the pillar and follows the bolt line. One or two difficult moves lead to a grassy ledge at the end of which is a belay before the next vertical sectio...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

Photos of Chamonix Valley & Aiguilles Rouges Slideshow Add Photo
Historic photo! Ross and McInnes 1958. First British ascent Bonatti Pillar . Aiguille du Dru. 3rd day.McInnes with broken head due to rock fall.Photo Chris Bonington.
Historic photo! Ross and McInnes 1958. First Briti...
hiking in Chamonix
hiking in Chamonix
Paul Ross on the summit of the Aiguille du Geant.1959, via the South Face. The Grandes Jorasses in the background.Photo Eric Rayson
Paul Ross on the summit of the Aiguille du Geant.1...
Paul Ross on the South Face of the Aiguille Du Geant.. 1959.Photo Eric Rayson
Paul Ross on the South Face of the Aiguille Du Gea...
In the Valle Blanc heading towards the Aiguille du Geant.The South Face route takes the overhanging side of the Geant 1959.. Photo Eric Rayson
In the Valle Blanc heading towards the Aiguille du...
P.Ross Vallee Blanc 1959. Mt Blanc in the background
P.Ross Vallee Blanc 1959. Mt Blanc in the backgrou...
Descending in a storm down from the Aiguille du Moine.photo P.Ross
Descending in a storm down from the Aiguille du Mo...
Historic photo.1958 Hamish McInnes , Walter Philip ,Ricardo Blanc ,preparing for an ascent of the Bonatti Pillar ,Aiguille du Dru
Historic photo.1958 Hamish McInnes , Walter Philip...
View of the Mont Blanc Massif from Aiguille des Crochues in the Aiguilles Rouges.  Major peaks are labeled.
BETA PHOTO: View of the Mont Blanc Massif from Aiguille des Cr...
Historic photo ! . Chamonix camp site 1959.L to R. Eric Rayson,Paul Ross,Geoff Oliver.  Photo Eric Rayson
Historic photo ! . Chamonix camp site 1959.L to R....
The Aiguille de Dru. Above the town of Chamonix. The prominent central buttress is the Bonatti pillar.
The Aiguille de Dru. Above the town of Chamonix. T...
Another photo of the superb granite of the Grand Capucin..
Another photo of the superb granite of the Grand C...
The Mer de Glace glacier above Chamonix with the Grandes Jorasses at the head of the photo.
The Mer de Glace glacier above Chamonix with the G...
The spectacular Grand Capucin. A perfect 1500' granite face in the Vallee Blanc. In 1959 Bill Aughton and I climbed the Bonatti route with one very pleasant Bivouac. There are now other climbs on the face ,some are among the hardest free climbs in the Chamonix area.
The spectacular Grand Capucin. A perfect 1500' gra...
P.Ross. South Face Aiguille du Midi.1960
P.Ross. South Face Aiguille du Midi.1960
Historic photo.. P.Ross on day two (bivy site) on the first British ascent of the Bonatti Pillar Aguille Dru 1958.
Historic photo.. P.Ross on day two (bivy site) on ...
Mont Blanc from Couvercle Hut
Mont Blanc from Couvercle Hut
Climbers on the upper section of the Bonatti Pillar.The original route went up the shadow overhang to the right of the climbers.
Climbers on the upper section of the Bonatti Pilla...
the beginning traverse on the SW/normal route of the Dent du Géant
the beginning traverse on the SW/normal route of t...
Dent du Geant
Dent du Geant
John Harlin in the Argentiere basin.
John Harlin in the Argentiere basin.
Les Drus
Les Drus
SW Ridge of Aiguille du Moine
SW Ridge of Aiguille du Moine
Aiguille Verte and Les Drus from summit for Aiguille du Moine
Aiguille Verte and Les Drus from summit for Aiguil...

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By Larry Bruce
Apr 17, 2010
Thanks Paul Ross for the wonderful pics, brings back some good memories.
By Seleucus
From: Geneva, Switzerland
Jul 6, 2012
Just wanted to mention that they have released Michael Piola's Les Aiguilles Rouges Volume 1 guidebook in an English translation. It's a fantastic book with lots of routes and great beta. It can be a bit tough to find in stores sometimes though.