I am searching for a limestone multi-pitch sport route in France, in the Briançon area, that is nicely bolted, up to 5c (French grade) difficult and that has at least 7 pitches.

I am searching online since a while, but in vain, and maybe some local can help me quick.

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I was climbing around Ailefroide in the Barre des Écrins quite some time ago and my climbing level at the time was in the 5th French grade. Unfortunately I do not have a guidebook of the area and do not remember specific routes, but they were all medium long multi-pitch routes that are excellently bolted. So I guess they are well suited to your stated requirements. A guidebook to the area is Escalades autour d´Ailefroide.

  • The problem is, Ailefroide itself is granite. I was asking for limestone, which I indeed found. Time to give a self-answer to this. Thanks for reminding me :)
    – Dakatine
    Commented Dec 1, 2015 at 21:12
  • @Dakatine Ups, I overlooked that part. However the answer still served a purpose then :)
    – imsodin
    Commented Dec 1, 2015 at 22:02

I found this route that fitted perfectly.

The above link leads to the best topo I could find online (it's in French, unfortunately).

Here's a picture from that page: enter image description here

It is a one-hour drive from the Ailefroide camping, according to google maps. The Alps are really outstanding for the variety of rock you can find in such a short range.

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