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CHAMONIX MOUNTAIN ADVENTURES Hilary Sharp 2012 1st edition [Climbing, Bouldering, Hiking, Via Ferratas, Biking, Huts, Running]
By Sharp, Hilary
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UK, 2012, 1st edition. 281 pp, 100s color maps, photos. This is a comprehensive guidebook to the many outdoor activities available in the mountains surrounding Chamonix in the French Alps. Routes include walking, mountain biking, road cycling, via ferratas, rock climbing and mountaineering. There is something for everyone, from families to veteran mountain adventurers.
 
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.

  • 6 sections, with basic information gear, terrain, technique and access for each activity and a range of contrasting routes, illustrated with maps or topos as necessary
  • notes about activities such as rafting, canyoning, paragliding and trail running and things to do when it rains
  • clear overview maps to help you choose and plan your days

Contents:

Map key   
Map of walks and Alpine mountaineering routes   
Map of trail running, road biking and mountain biking routes   
Map of rock climbing, bouldering and via ferrata routes   
Chamonix town map   

Introduction   
The region   
Glaciers   
Flowers and animals   
How it all started   
Mountain adventures   
Other activities   
When to go   
Getting there and getting around   
Accommodation   
Tourist information   
Language   
Health and safety   
Using this guide   

1 Walks   
Classic Walks   
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   

Family Walks   
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   

Hut Walks   
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   

Adventure Walks   
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   

Trail Running   
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   

Descents and airtime    
4 Road Biking   
Route 1    Chamonix to Sallanches   
Route 2    Col des Montets   
Route 3    Emosson Lake   
Route 4    Col de la Forclaz   
Rides outside of the Chamonix valley    

5 Rock Climbing and Bouldering   
Rock climbing 
  
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   

Bouldering   
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 


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