Climbing in the Alps – Ailefroide
Information about climbing near to Ailefroide in France:
The rock type is granite and the majority of the easy access routes are slabs. The climbs are all about smearing and footwork. If you’re used to climbing with your arms, then get practicing without any handholds!
The guidebook is in French and there seemed to be a lot of jokes that my cursory knowledge of French (A-level!!) didn’t cover. The book didn’t cover route length, which was not useful when there were some people with 50m ropes who got caught short. There didn’t seem to be comprehensive information about lower-offs either, although the guidebook did outline when areas had been bolted, to give an idea of safety.