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Verdon Gorge.

Description 

There's more to this Euro country than just wine, cheese, and your French maid fantasy. If you're into any type of climbing (bouldering, sport, trad, alpine, ice), there are many world-class routes/problems to be had.


Getting There 

From the US: Save up your $ and ride in one of those fancy aeroplanes. Ask the pilot nicely to drop you off in Paris. Unless of course, you'd rather spend weeks at sea developing scurvy. I suggest the former.


Climbing Season


234 Total Routes


['4 Stars',58],['3 Stars',92],['2 Stars',67],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',5],['5.7',10],['5.8',21],['5.9',18],['5.10',67],['5.11',30],['5.12',38],['5.13',19],['>=5.14',1],['',0],['<=V1',10],['V2-3',12],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',1],['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 France:
Goûter Route   Easy Snow PG13     Snow, Grade V   Mount Blanc
Cosmiques Arête   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b AI2 M4 Mod. Snow     Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1000'   Vallee Blanche (White Valle... : Aiguille du Midi
Crocs mignons et vieilles dentelles   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 5 pitches, 330'   Chamonix Valley & Aiguilles... : Vallorcine
Rebuffat (Southeast Face)   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches   Vallee Blanche (White Valle... : Aiguille du Midi
Voie Rébuffat-Baquet   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 11 pitches, 700'   Chamonix Aiguille : Aiguille de Midi
Voie Frison-Roche   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 6 pitches, 650'   Chamonix Valley & Aiguilles... : Le Brévent
Saint Georges Picos   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 80'   Ceuse : Secture Biograpie
La Javanaise   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 80'   Ceuse : Secture Demi Lune
La Petite Illusion   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 80'   Ceuse : Secture Berlin
Angel Dust   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 80'   Ceuse : Secture Demi Lune
Super Mickey   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 75'   Ceuse : Secture Cascade
Blocage Violent   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 70'   Ceuse : Secture Berlin
San John's Pecos   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b     Sport, 80'   Ceuse : Secture Berlin
Le Privililege du Serpent   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 80'   Ceuse : Secture Cascade
Carte Blanche   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 80'   Ceuse : Secture Demi Lune
Les Colonnettes   5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c     Sport, 100'   Ceuse : Secture Biograpie
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Featured Route For France
On the first rappel

Cosmiques Arête 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b AI2 M4 Mod. Snow  Europe : France : ... : Aiguille du Midi
The Classic Climb. AD, Grade II, mostly snow and moderate alpine climbing, with a few sections of strenuous mixed climbing (in winter) or easy rock.The start up from the Cosmiques laboratory is quite easy, no need to rope up. The beginning of the arete apparently is a slab in summer, but an easy snow slope in winter. From the second peak, two short rappels take you down to the base of the third peak. Easiest route is around to the right, also possible to go straight up it (but need to abseil aga...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

Photos of France Slideshow Add Photo
The quaint village of Sisteron, an hour's drive south of Ceuse.
The quaint village of Sisteron, an hour's drive so...
Patrick Edlinger in the Verdon, photo: Bob Horan Collection
Patrick Edlinger in the Verdon, photo: Bob Horan C...
Les Calanques, France, photo: Bob Horan
Les Calanques, France, photo: Bob Horan
Climbing in Buoux, photo: Bob Horan Collection
Climbing in Buoux, photo: Bob Horan Collection
The Aguille du Midi
The Aguille du Midi
The place to go when climbing at the Verdon Gorge - say hello to Sabine and Michel.
The place to go when climbing at the Verdon Gorge ...
The cliffs above Orpierre offer an abundance of moderates, though the rock is not quite as good as at the more famous French crags.
The cliffs above Orpierre offer an abundance of mo...
Volx.  The rock is remeniscent of Sitting Bull Falls, NM.
Volx. The rock is remeniscent of Sitting Bull Fal...
The legendary Southern crag of Orgon.  Home to numerous ground-breaking routes such as Bronx, one of the first 8c+ (14c) routes in the world.  Remeniscent of the Wasteland at Rifle, but taller and wider, with more routes.
The legendary Southern crag of Orgon. Home to num...
Magnifique Ceuse
Magnifique Ceuse
The beautiful pocketed sandstone of Buoux.  Home to such routes as Chouca, 8a+, Le Rose et le Vampire, 8b, & Agincourt, 8c, as well as countless classic moderates.
The beautiful pocketed sandstone of Buoux. Home t...
Crazy winter sunset with the massif of Céüse in the middle. This was one of the most awesome sunsets that I have witnessed...I took this photo with my point and shoot on the autimatic mode. Other photos of this sunset were in the local paper the next day!
Crazy winter sunset with the massif of Céüse in th...
Bob Horan arriving at the Gorge du Verdon, France
Bob Horan arriving at the Gorge du Verdon, France
Grandes Jorasses.  The Walker Spur is the steep face on the left skyline.  The right-most spire is the Dent du Geant.
Grandes Jorasses. The Walker Spur is the steep fa...
Climbing in the Gorge du Verdon, photo: Bob Horan
Climbing in the Gorge du Verdon, photo: Bob Horan
Limestone everywhere (and thus routes everywhere) but the power lines are off route! Pont Mirabeau, France. July 2009.
Limestone everywhere (and thus routes everywhere) ...
Palace at Fontainebleau
Palace at Fontainebleau
On the way to Chamonix
On the way to Chamonix
Buoux, France, photo: Bob Horan
Buoux, France, photo: Bob Horan
The backside of the 'Pic de Bure' massif (2709m/8887ft) in the Dévoluy, as seen from the climbing area 'le secteur ultra secret'. The 'Pic de Bure' is host to some adventurous 20 pitch limestone trad routes...  <br />
The backside of the 'Pic de Bure' massif (2709m/88...
Pont du Arc in the Ardeche Gorge.  Definitely some DWS potential....
Pont du Arc in the Ardeche Gorge. Definitely some...
The classic Mer de Glace face of Aiguille du Grepon (not the "petit" one in CO). You can see the Envers hut just left of center on the lower rock rib.
BETA PHOTO: The classic Mer de Glace face of Aiguille du Grepo...
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By Ben Bruestle
From: Pueblo, CO
Dec 31, 2008

The best place for gear and beta in Paris is at Au Vieux Campeur. The shop is located at 48 rue Ecoles, near the Maubert Mutualite bus/metro stop.

By Zach Alberts
From: Gap, Hautes-Alpes, France
Oct 6, 2012

If you're not planning on visiting Paris or bouldering in Font, there are closer and probably cheaper places to fly into than Paris. Look into Marsielle, Lyon or Geneva. Otherwise your looking at another 6+hrs of travel on the train or by car to get to the bulk of the climbing...train tickets can be expensive and by car you'd be traveling on toll roads, not to mention paying a hefty $8 a gallon for gas.