About Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing is the art of scaling rock faces! Initially rock climbing was the precursor to mountaineering with technical mountain summits requiring rock climbing skills to reach the top. Over the years, rock climbing has evolved into many disciplines with indoor climbing, sport climbing, bouldering and multi pitch climbing as well as of course mountaineering. 

Rock climbs are graded according to their difficulty and there are different grading systems in different parts of the world. You can get an overview and comparison of the different grading systems here.

The Southern French Alps is famous for its variety and quality of world class climbing sites like Orpierre, Ceuse as well as many other climbing spots on limestone, granite, conglomerate and sandstone rock. 

Choose Your Rock Climbing Adventure

We have a range of rock climbing venues that we use and have sessions scheduled in at different ones for different times. You will be able to see the schedule when you click on each venue and choose a date and time to book. If you really like the idea of climbing at a particular venue but can’t find a time slot that suits, please contact us and we can either open a new time slot for you or we can book a private guide for your group.

Most of the climbing venues have a wide range of routes so the session can be very easily be adapted to all levels from total beginner to experienced climbers or for specific needs like learning to lead. The only time where a pre-requisite will be required will be for multi pitch routes which will be for specific climbing levels. 

Rock Climbing Map

Have a look at the location of the main rock climbing venues we use on a regular basis.  Some of the more technical venues have fewer time slots available but everything is possible so please do contact us and we can either open a new time slot for you or we can book a private guide for your group. 

What You Need to Know

Equipment

We provide climbing harnesses and helmets for all our climbing adventures. You just need to be adequately dressed for the weather and wearing clothes that are stretchy enough for you to be able to move easily and freely. Trainers, approach shoes or trail shoes are fine if you are a beginner climber or if this is your first experience on real rock. We don’t provide climbing shoes as most beginners will be fine in trainers and if you have already got the climbing bug and are beyond beginner level then the chances are you will have your own climbing shoes!

Our guides will bring a range of safety equipment, ropes and a climbing rack suitable for the climbing venue and type of climbing you will be doing.

Safety

All our climbing guides are UIAGM high mountain guides or fully qualified climbing instructors who are local to the Southern French Alps.  Your safety is always our top priority. They will brief you fully on the security of rock climbing so that you know how to belay safely and securely and for more advanced climbing, they will advise on other rope techniques so that you can learn and progress at your own level safely and securely. For beginners you will always be top roped.

Best Time of Year for Rock Climbing in the Alps

Thanks to the magnificent Southern French Alps climate, rock climbing is possible almost all year round. The only exception is in the heart of winter when the temperatures are too cold and there is snow and ice on the rock. However saying that, we have been known to rock climb over Christmas during a mild winter!

To be safe, you are best scheduling your rock climbing adventures between April and November, with the Spring and Autumn being optimum for comfortable climbing temperatures and less people. The months of July and August are also great times of year for climbing with beautifully warm rock, long evenings and the possibility to go for a plunge in a lake or river afterwards!!

Get a Feel for Rock Climbing Adventure!

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