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Sport Climbing in France & Switzerland

The northern limit of the French Alps is marked by the magnificent Lake Geneva, the mountains drop down from the peak of Mont Blanc (4810m) and surrounding massive into the beautiful lake (372m). At the eastern end of the lake are the Swiss cantons of Vaud & Valais with river Rhone flowing along the valley towards the lake, climbing crags are dotted along both sides of the flat valley floor as the mountains begin rise up. Some along side the river, others hidden in shady forests, yet more bordered by vineyards, we are pretty much spoilt for choice. Up the west near the massive ski domain of the "Portes du Soleil" in the Haute-Savoie region of France there are numerous crags offering great climbing, with some of the most awesome views in the area. The Mont Chauffe area in the Abondance valley has massive selection of fully bolted sport routes, and several great multi-pitch faces. The quality of the rock is superb and coupled with the tranquil setting that offers amazing views over the local area this is definitely one of the best crags I've climbing at. Most crags are within a 30 minute drive and have 10-15 minute walk in which makes for good warm up at the start of the morning. The sheer number of crags in the area means it not uncommon to have the whole crag to yourself, even with some of the more easily accessed crags on a busy weekend you'll probably not see more than a half dozen pairs of climbers. You'll not find any overcrowding problems here!