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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