Briancon Climbs Guidebook

by Mark on June 17, 2019

Briancon Climbs Guidebook

Briancon Climbs Guidebook

This new Briancon Climbs Guidebook covers the rock climbing in the Haute Alps region around Briancon.  Also known as the Durance Valley, it covers the Ecrins part of the French Alps around the towns of Briancon, Ailefroide, La Vallouise, L’Argentiere-la-bessee and Guillestre.

The guidebook covers over a 1,000 routes from single pitch sport routes to multi-pitch routes up to 600m long – of which the vast majority are well bolted.  The type of rock here is very varied from limestone, conglomerate, quartz, gabbro to granite and gneiss – offering many different styles of rock climbing across a wide range of grades.  Ailefroide is home to long bolted multi-pitch sport routes on superb granite rock.  Many of these routes are between 200m and 300m long, and graded between F5a to F6c.

This area of the Haute Alps enjoys better weather than the Northern Alps around Chamonix and it is considerably quieter. In fact this area claims to have 300 days of sunshine a year, stays a lot drier, and it is possible to climb here throughout the year by choosing your crag carefully.

The Briancon Climbs guidebook describes 11 separate rock climbing areas and 78 major crags across a wide range of grades on solid rock.  All the routes are illustrated on either full colour photo-topos or topo diagrams, and is in French and English text throughout.

Buy this Briancon Climbs Guidebook for only £35.95 plus P&P.

Find out more about rock climbing in the Durance Valley and the Haute Alps.

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Plaisir West Rock Climbing Guidebooks

by Mark on May 8, 2019

Plaisir West Rock Climbing Guidebooks

Plaisir West Rock Climbing Guidebooks

The western Swiss Alps (sometimes known as the Bernese Oberland region) is a mecca for technical and adventurous rock routes in an alpine setting.  The area is home to many different types of rock from limestone faces and ridges to gneiss, quartz and granite spires, and is a perfect playground for the mid-range rock climber.  There is the choice of long multi-pitch routes at either low altitudes or more serious alpine summits in wild and rocky alpine settings, as well as an abundance of single pitch sport routes.

Two new guidebooks have just been published for the Western Swiss Alps, called Plaisir West Volume 1 and Plaisir West Volume 2.  Plaisir is French for pleasure and both of these guidebooks only describe rock routes up to F6c. They include both single pitch and multi pitch routes of which the majority are fully bolted.

Plaisir West Volume 1 describes the area between Fribourg and Goschenen and is split into 3 areas:

1) Fribourg to Frutigland – An expansive area to the south of Bern including the impessive walls at Gastlosen and the alpine routes on the Bire near Kanderstag.

2) Interlaken to Meiringen – Interlaken is widely considered as having some of the best sport climbing area in Switzerland, including Hintisberg and the fantastic multi-pitch routes near Engelhorner.

3) Susten, Grimsel and Furka – These 3 Swiss alpine passes in the heart of the Alps provide a wide range of single and multi-pitch routes on gneiss, quartz and granite rock.

Plaisir West Volume 2 describes the area between Annecy in the French Alps to Big in the Swiss Alps and is split into 3 areas:

1) Haute-Savoie Region in France – This region includes the mild climate around Lake Annecy to high alpine mountains near Chamonix. It includes the Grandes Suites, Col de la Colombiere, and Cluses near Annecy, plus the Aiguilles Rouges near Chamonix.

2) Bas Valais to Vaud Regions in Switzerland – This region covers the climbing around Montreux, Martigny and Sion. It covers both single pitch sport climbing in valleys to adventure alpine climbing in the mountains.

3) Oberwallis Region in Switzerland – It covers the climbing around Brig, including Wiwanni, the Fiescher Valley, and the Turtmann Valley.

Buy the Plaisir West Volume 1 Guidebook for £36.95 plus P&P, and the Plaisir West Volume 2 Guidebook for £32.95 plus P&P.

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