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Climbing trip In the mountain ranges around Grenoble.

5 days of climbing and chilling in majors sites of mountain around Grenoble in France.

by swaxlitoAtlasGuru Contributor

EuropeFrance5 days / September 2021

Highs & Lows

Three major climbing sites with major landscapes in one of the best climbing areas in the world.

These sites are demanding and a minimum level of climbing is required.

Itinerary Overview

the only objective for me and my friend Johan was to do a climbing trip.

He is much better than me, which was quite complicated for the choice of the routes to do. Because even a route that is "easy" for him is "extremely intense" for me! But with Johan it's always an adventure and that's what I like.

After shopping food for the trip, we got into Johan's truck to reach our first destination: the Mont Aiguille.

We arrived late, spent the first night in the truck and the second bivouacking. But At the beginning we wanted to stay 3 nights so we wanted to spend one more night bivouacking at the Mont Aiguille. But the weather forecast announced bad weather so we changed our plan to go to this mythical place: Presles.

We didn't plan to go to Presles (that's the cool thing about being flexible: you never know what to expect... and in climbing it's better to be flexible!). We choosed the place because we already knew this location and we love it ! And we also knew that it was probably sheltered from the rain as it is a rock that is mainly overhanging

After a night and a route in Presles we finally go to our last stop : Huales d'Huez, one of the best ski resort in the world located at 1800 altitude. But after the ski season it is still a paradise for outdoor activities.

  • 2 Nights: Mont Aiguille
    It’s a really famous site of climbing and in particular, a place where you can practice traditional climbing.
  • 1 Night: Escalade Presles
    Major site of long route climbing in France.
  • 2 Nights: Alpe d'Huez
    Very beautiful and hight site for climbing.

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    Maybe do more days off to rest the arms and therefore extend the trip to be able to climb more places.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    We had rain at the Presles’s route. Very hard to finish with those conditions.

  • How was the food?

    We ate only our own food at the truck. But I really recommend you to try the local mountain specialities : fondu savoyarde, raclette, tartiflette... very rich, full of cheese and charcuterie but it will comfort you after a hard day climbing !

  • Packing tips?

    Packing is important because we were staying far from civilization, without the possibility of shopping. It's essential to think about everything you may need, particularly food and drinks. But also about climbing and camping materials.

  • Transportation Tips?

    For a climbing trip like this, it's best to have your own truck. Because there is no need to figure out the accommodation, and you are directly at the bottom of the route.