Cover for France Roc 2 East

France Roc 2 East

Escalade pour Le Week-End

by Carrie Atchison-Jones, David Atchison-Jones

1st Edition, 2019

published by JINGO WOBBLY

This is the second rock climbing book in the series France Rock, and it includes a massive 256 cliffs spread across 17 departments in the East of France. The concept of the France Rock series is, to give climbers a practical and portable guidebook with selection of cliffs which appeal to the majority of climbers. It is designed for everyone looking for somewhere else to climb at the weekend, other than their local area.

250 Cliffs

There are literally thousands of cliffs in East France, however, many are completely inaccessible, others have very poor rock quality, and lots are so devoid of holds there is nothing below 8a going to be possible. There are around 500 excellent quality cliffs in this region that have been equipped with bolts, and the author has selected to what he considers are the best 250, that will appeal to climbers looking for: nice location, good range of routes in all levels, fun picnic possibilities, and nearby pleasant campsites.

7 Areas

The book is sub-divided in to 7 large areas that are practical for climbers. These areas do not follow any political or departmental boundaries, they are simply where there are cliffs near to each other.They naturally form areas that climbers would visit for a week-end, and offer a good selection of cliffs to choose with different temperatures and weather conditions during the year. Each area in the book has an excellent overview map, with a full data page opposite that gives all the important information to easily select the cliff for the day. Information such as number of routes in each grade, drying times, amount of shade, style of climbing, proximity to campsites, supermarkets and occasionally key petrol stations. Opening times of campsites are given - but be sure to check with the campsites own website - especially if close to the opening-closing dates.

Design and layout

The design of the book is compact and tries to illustrate the majority of cliffs on a single page. Each cliff has an excellent map for finding the car park - along with decimal GPS co-ordinates. Most cliffs will have a secondary map to get you from the parking to the cliff. Photos are then used so that you can be sure to identify the key features of the cliff and link up with the graphics so that you can be 100% sure of the route recognition. All routes on the topos are given their historic sport grades, but are also colored in the classic Fontainebleau color system that uniquely covers grades. Very big cliffs are only partially included since it is expected that most climbers will enjoy buying the local guidebook if it is available.

General Infos

More Info
official website

Climbing Infos

Number of Areas
Number of Routes
Climbing Type
easy (1-5 UIAA), medium (6-7 UIAA), hard (8-12 UIAA)
Grade System
Drawing, Photo
Route Length
short (single pitch), medium (2-8 pitches)
Best months
April, May, June, July, August, September, October
Route Selection

Book Infos

English, French
about DIN A5

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