The Schweiz Plaisir West Volume 2 guidebook describes the rock climbing and sport climbing in the Western Swiss Alps and the French Alps. It covers an area from Annecy in the French Alps to Big in the Swiss Alps. The guidebook is split into 3 sections covering the following areas:
1) Haute-Savoie Region in France – This region includes the mild climate around Lake Annecy to high alpine mountains near Chamonix. It includes the Grandes Suites, Col de la Colombiere, and Cluses near Annecy, plus the Aiguilles Rouges near Chamonix. 2) Bas Valais to Vaud Regions in Switzerland – This region covers the climbing around Montreux, Martigny and Sion. It covers both single pitch sport climbing in valleys to adventure alpine climbing in the mountains. 3) Oberwallis Region in Switzerland – It covers the climbing around Brig, including Wiwanni, the Fiescher Valley, and the Turtmann Valley.
In total 50 separate crags are detailed, covering routes at grades up to F6c. The style of routes range from single pitch sport routes to long alpine style multi-pitch routes many 100’s of metres long. All the routes are shown on detailed topo diagrams.
For each of the 3 main regions covered there is an overview map along with a description of the general character of the climbing to be found. For each of the 52 crags there is a location map, along with useful information such as altitude, when the crag is in the sun and the style of climbing to be found. Further information is given on the type of equipment required, from the type of traditional gear to the number of quickdraws for the sport routes. GPS co-ordinates are also given for the parking areas.
Published in April 2019 this guidebook is written in German, French and English text throughout. Each guidebook has unique code to download an App (iOS and Android) of the full guidebook to your mobile device that is free of charge.