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Climbing in France Tag

Ailefroide - what's there to do?

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Ailefroide is a very small village in the Hautes Alpes in France.  It is situated in a valley at around 1500m.  We went there to climb and others of our group went for mountaineering on the surrounding high mountains and glaciers of 3000-4000m.
What I loved about this area was that there was a really good mix of things to do and it felt like it was a far cry from regular tourist places. I had expected fewer local facilities and was really heartened to find a Sherpa supermarket with freshly baked bread, croissants and pains au chocolat every day, as well as cheeses, hams, tartes, fresh yoghurt and jams.

Climbing in the Alps - Ailefroide

Information about climbing near to Ailefroide in France:

Ailefroide climbing 208Guidebooks

You can buy a local crag guidebook for €11 at the shop in Ailefroide.


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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!