activities for children french alps

a wobbly paradise

Rock Climbing Ecrins, Ailefroide

Rock climbing in the French Alps

Superb Rock Climbing

In the words of the European crag climber’s bible - The Jingo Wobbly “Europe” guide book:

“The (Durance) Valley makes power climbing here a soft summer recreation, with beer intervals! 300 days of sunshine a year = a wobbly paradise”.

These words inspired me to relocate our family to the Southern French Alps in 2003. And I am happy to say this area has just got better and better each year as new crags, sectors, routes and multi-pitch playgrounds continue to be developed.

Currently there are 80+ actual climbing sites (crags). Most of which have at least 3 different sectors and each sector has between 10 and 20 actual routes.

Plus there are 6 different rock types

  • Limestone
  • Granite
  • Conglomerate
  • Gabbro
  • Quartzite
  • Gneiss

The grade range runs from Fr.3 routes just for children to Fr.8c+. Route length is anything from 2m. high boulders to 650m. Big Wall routes!

Coming soon - please be patient or email us for details.


Choose from a wide selection of high quality chalets and apartments ideal for familes and/or groups of friends.

How to find us

AlpBase, Southern French Alps