Over 80 Fun Fives in the Mont Blanc Region

Posted by Lindsay Griffin on 15/05/2013

Following Gus Morton's recommended list of Less difficult classics in the Mont Blanc Massif, here for your enjoyment is a second list, this time of more than 80 rock routes that can be classified as "fun".

The list has again been complied by Morton, who has done around 50 of these lines. The listed routes are generally no harder than grade F5, bolted and therefore easy to rappel from, at least three pitches long, no more than one hour’s walk from the car, and not more than one-and-a-half hours' drive from the Chamonix Valley. However, there are one or two exceptions.

Several climbs of F6 are included, but for the majority of these a discrete pull on a bolt can reduce the grade to 5, and this obligatory grade is given in brackets after the route name. The list includes number of pitches, orientation, approach time, grade and appropriate guidebook. As usual, 1pa means one point of aid, and 1 pas 6a means a move of 6a. "Trad pro" means the route is not fully bolted, so friends, nuts etc should be carried.

List of Local Guidebooks used in the selection

Crag Climbs in Chamonix Burnier, Potard Vamos 2005
Les Aiguilles Rouges 1 Piola Piola 2008
Les Aiguilles Rouges Perroux, Dulac DP editions 2001
Escalades Choisies Laroche,Lelong Glenat 2009
Entremont Escalades Roduit Roduit 2005
Plaisir West von Kanel Filidor 2006
Vallee de l’Arve Brunot Esope 2009
Vallee du Giffre Brenas, Brunot Esope 2004
Massif Bornes Aravis Brosseau Roc Altitude 2006
Mani Nude 2 Bal, Raspo Marlini 2007
6a Max Savoie Brass, Vallot Oros 2002
Monte Bianco Le classiche Bassanini Vivaldi 1998
Envers des Aiguilles Piola Piola 2007

Guidebooks not used but which contain alternative descriptions
Vallees Arve et Risse Brunot Esope 2002
Baberine,Gietroz et Emosson Volorio Volorio 2000
Alpes Francaises du Nord Galley Olizane 2005

Internet
www.escalade-74.com

Over 80 fun F5s in the Mont Blanc Region
 

You might also like to check out Gus Morton's original list 100 Easier 3 star Classics in the Mont Blanc Massif

And Mid-grade icefall climbing in the Mont Blanc region
 



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