The new routes are open in St Jean D’Aulps just 10 mins drive from the centre of Morzine. I’ve posted climbing pics on our blog before but this was the first outing for the new via routes.

There are two new routes, the Elephants Head and the Elephants Eye Graded French ED and D+

Details of both routes on on the Topo guide available from the tourist office in the village.

The walk in from the road in to Bas Thex is easy to miss with a tiny sign on the right of the road about 50m from the car park at the Abbey Cemetery. It’s about a 15min walk in through the woods and the two routes depart from the same spot.

There are two points apart from the start and finish where you can swap between the two routes if one is proving too hard or too easy.

There not the longest of routes but combined with the amount of climbing available on the face lower down the rock it’s definitely worth checking out.

Once we’ve conquered the harder Elephants eye I’ll get some more pictures up, hopefully with the sun shinning as well!

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Topo guides for the sport climbing are available from the Tabac in the village opposite Bar Le National

 

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