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The birthplace of our beloved pastime, the European continent is home to the world's most legendary & historic climbing venues. The Continent offers world-class destinations for all types of climbers, and many lifetimes of cultural activities to fill those pesky rest-days. Boulderers will enjoy the slopey sandstone of Fontainebleau, or the granite of Switzerland, Alpinists & Mountaineers the glaciated peaks & ice-covered walls of The Alps. Big wall climbers can enjoy the Dolomites of northern Italy, the granite cracks of Chamonix, or the sculpted limestone of Verdon. Trad climbers will be hard-pressed to find more stringent ethics or more impressive summits than those of the Elbsandstein or the Czech Republic. Vacationing sport climbers have an unlimited supply of top-notch limestone at their fingertips, be it the long gentle overhangs of Ceuse, the burly bulges of Frankenjura, or the confounding stalagtites of Kalymnos. The new generation of 'psycobloc' enthusiasts can test their mettle on the seacliffs of Croatia & Mallorca.
Travel to Europe is simple but expensive. Most European airports are easy to navigate, with most signs printed in English as well as the native language. In most countries, some knowledge of the language is helpful, but usually a simple phrasebook & good grunting skills will suffice. A rental car will be beneficial for most trips to Europe. Many US rental companies operate in Europe, but are relatively expensive. Consider using a local provider to save a few Euros.
A valid passport is absolutely mandatory for all foreign travel from the US. Details on how to obtain a passport can be found here.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Europe:
Traumpfeiler (Pillar of Dreams) 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Sport, 9 pitches, 850' Meteora : Heiliger Geist
Old Man of Hoy 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 4 pitches, 460' Scotland : Orkney Islands.. and the Ol...
Cima Piccola – South Arete Yellow edge 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, Alpine, 11 pitches, 1100' Dolomites : Tre Cime di Lavaredo
Flying Buttress Direct 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 80' Christmas Crack : The Flying Buttress
Voie Rébuffat-Baquet 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine, 11 pitches, 700' Chamonix Aiguille : Aiguille de Midi
South Face, Buttress 2, Pilastro Route (Constantini/Apollonio) 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad, 19 pitches, 1500' Dolomites : Tofana di Rozes
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K44 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Europe : Greece : ... : Galatinani
Congratulations, Mayor. You've just been elected king of jugtown. Romp up 'n' left on impossibly good face holds (needs a stick clip or a good couple of brawn-ey spotters for that first bolt) until you get into the bizness. Roll over a bulge (crux), pinch that pipe, and collect $200 for passing "Go" AND for sending brilliant those giant tufa jugs up to the anchor. Clip the chains and bask in transient, fleeting glory. Then go wet yourself (for fear? for fun?) on "Feuerdorn," supposedly another "...[more] Browse More Classics in International
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