Climbing in Le Malpais, France

I am constantly amazed at how much climbing there is in Europe. If you are near mountains there will be climbing. We met a few climbers who work at CERN through a friend of ours and they invited us to go out with them one weekend. They sent us the link to this website that has maps of, many if not all, the climbing destinations in the Haute-Savoie, including some free topos.

We set out for Le Malpais, since it has some moderate climbs and suited the climbing strengths of those in our group. It was about an hour outside of Geneva and proved to be our best climbing day in a long time. We had only been climbing three times in St. Cergue since arriving in Europe and we were slowly getting back in the groove.

Finding the trail was a little tricky but luckily one of our friends had been there before and led the way. There were a few areas to park the cars and as we learned a couple trails leading to the crag. We took the one that our friend knew and marched across a nearby field to find it.


There are two faces with nice features on slabs and vertical walls. We got on about 4 routes before the sun hit and chased us away. It was a nice day of climbing and we were happy to check out some new rock and hang out with some new friends.


Here is a link to the topo. The image below is of the trail just up the road on the right, which takes you to the wall. It goes right past someone’s house and is about a 10 minute walk to the crag.

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Here is a map with the coordinates of the trail head and the parking lots at Le Malpais.

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With so many climbing opportunities in the area you would likely not find this to be a destination on a short trip. But worth a visit if you are in the area and have time on your hands. Below is a map of all the climbing in the Haute Savoie

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