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A guidebook to mountain activities in and near Chamonix in the French Alps. Walking, trekking, mountaineering including Cosmiques Arête and Mont Blanc, mountain biking, road cycling, via ferratas, rock climbing and bouldering routes, with clear advice for novices, and suggested levels of expertise required. Ideal for multi-activity holidays.
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The Chamonix valley in the Haute Savoie region of the French Alps is a perfect base for a whole range of alpine adventures. The routes in this guide range from short walks and cycle rides for the whole family to long mountaineering routes to the highest summits, including Mont Blanc.
Activities covered in detail include walks, treks, mountaineering routes, road cycling, MTBing, rock climbing, bouldering and via ferratas, all within easy reach of Chamonix – with suggestions for other outdoor options in the valley, too, from rafting to paragliding.
Whether you and your holiday companions are adrenalin junkies or Alpine ramblers, or a mixture of both, there’s plenty to keep everyone happy, day after day, in this spectacular region.
The author writes:
"There is now a new walkway which goes where the old one did decades ago. It's all brand new this summer, and consists of a metal bridge which takes you round to look at the waterfall. Very good, impressive views and accessible to all except dogs which might not like the lattice work metal structure. It's just a detour off the main trail described in the walk, so it's an extra. A stairway then goes up to join the normal path at the bridge by the café."
The wrong map appears on pg 11. The correct map is shown below and a replacement page can be downloaded as a PDF.
|Flowers and animals|
|How it all started|
|When to go|
|Getting there and getting around|
|Health and safety|
|Using this guide|
|Route 1 Mont Joly|
|Route 2 Le Prarion|
|Route 3 Aiguillette des Houches|
|Route 4 Montagne de la Côte|
|Route 5 Lac Cornu and Lacs Noirs|
|Route 6 Plan de l’Aiguille to Montenvers|
|Route 7 Grand Balcon Sud: La Flégère to Planpraz|
|Route 8 Aiguillette des Posettes|
|Route 9 Lac Blanc from the Col des Montets|
|Route 10 Mont Buet by the Normal Route|
|Route 1 Lac des Ilettes|
|Route 2 Lacs Jovet|
|Route 3 Chalets Miage and Truc|
|Route 4 Charousse|
|Route 5 Lac du Brévent|
|Route 6 Argentière via the Paradis des Praz|
|Route 7 Le Chapeau|
|Route 8 Montroc–Col des Montets–Vallorcine|
|Route 9 Bérard valley and Sur le Rocher|
|Route 10 Dinosaur tracks|
|Route 1 Refuge de Platé|
|Route 2 Refuge de Tré-la-Tête|
|Route 3 Refuge Moëde d’Anterne|
|Route 4 Refuge Bel Lachat|
|Route 5 Refuge du Lac Blanc|
|Route 6 Refuge Albert Premier|
|Route 7 Refuge de la Pierre à Bérard|
|Route 8 Refuge de Loriaz|
|Route 1 Pointe Percée|
|Route 2 The Dérochoir and Désert de Platé|
|Route 3 Aiguille du Belvédère|
|Route 4 Mer de Glace Balcony Trail|
|Route 5 Tré-les-Eaux Circuit|
|Route 6 Loriaz to Emosson|
|Route 7 Mont Buet by the North Ridge|
|Route 8 Cheval Blanc|
|2 Alpine Mountaineering|
|Route 1 Champex to Le Tour|
|Route 2 Grand Montets to Lognan|
|Route 3 Aiguille du Midi to Helbronner|
|Route 4 Petite Aiguille Verte|
|Route 5 Aiguille Crochues|
|Route 6 Aiguille du Tour|
|Route 7 The Cosmiques Arête|
|Route 8 Mont Blanc|
|3 Mountain Biking|
|Route 1 Les Contamines: Truc Miage circuit|
|Route 2 Saint-Gervais-les-Bains: Prarion circuit|
|Route 3 Pipeline descent: Saint-Gervais to Le Fayet|
|Route 4 Tour des Ayères|
|Route 5 Promenade de l’Arve|
|Route 6 Petit Balcon Nord: Chamonix to Le Tour|
|Route 7 Montroc to Chamonix along the Arve|
|Route 8 Col des Montets to the chocolate shops|
|Route 9 Vallorcine–Col des Posettes–Le Tour–Montroc|
|Route 10 Vallorcine to Martigny|
|4 Road Biking|
|Route 1 Chamonix to Sallanches|
|Route 2 Col des Montets|
|Route 3 Emosson Lake|
|Route 4 Col de la Forclaz|
|5 Rock Climbing and Bouldering|
|Area 1 Les Gaillands|
|Area 2 The Index|
|Area 3 La Joux|
|Area 4 Les Chéserys|
|Area 5 Aiguillette d’Argentière|
|Area 6 Vallorcine Slab (Rocher de la Saix)|
|Area 7 Barberine|
|Area 1 Col des Montets|
|Area 2 Pierre d’Orthaz|
|Area 3 Les Bossons|
|Area 4 Le Coupeau|
|Area 5 Le Médonnet|
|6 Via Ferratas|
|Route 1 Le Mont, Sixt Fer à Cheval|
|Route 2 La Curalla, Passy|
|Other routes in the Haute Savoie region|
|Route 3 La Yves Pollet Villard, La Clusaz|
|Route 4 La Roche à l’Agathe, Thônes|
|Appendix A Useful contacts|
|Appendix B Useful French words and phrases|
|Appendix C Further reading|
|Appendix D Glacier travel and rescue techniques|