Rock climbing

The Haute-Savoie boast a large number of rock climbing areas, whether for bouldering, single-pitch cragging, multi-pitch routes, big walls or ridge climbs. Near the apartment are several climbing opportunites and the cliffs of Biot will enchant the rock-climbers, as much for the beauty of the places as for the quality of the escalation.

5 minutes walk from Penthouse apartment Les Iris
You will find the rock-face at L’Arblay, with 20 bolted routes (from 7B) a rock-face for experts looking to work on their technique. Some new routes were added in the summer of 2014.

10 minute drive from Penthouse Les Iris are:
– The “Pas de l’Ours” cliff, with some routes up to 80 metres in length, 78 beginners, intermediate and hard routes from level 3/4 up to level 8A, 8B.
– The “Touvière” beginners rock face, with routes up to 30 metres in length (3/4 to 6B).

and only a few minutes further:
– The Chauxvu de L’Abbaye in St Jean D’Aulps (a few minutes walk from the Abbey).

The Bas Thex face in Saint-Jean d’Aulps has 93 routes and is equipped with stainless steel pins and belay hooks and rings. It also features 2 child-friendly sectors (these are called ‘babygrimp’) for very young beginners! The site has been designed to facilitate fast progression and challenges for all levels of enthusiast (difficulty level 4-7).
There are guide books available of the routes in Saint-Jean d’Aulps shops.

There are many more routes in the area. More details about the rock climbing in the Haute Savoie can be found by visiting and chablais grimpe.

There are even climbing lessons available for children from the age of 6. Would like to hire a guide? Then click here.

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