I’m often asked what guides do on their days off, and for this guide it’s rock climbing! The area where I live is stacked full of awesome rock climbing, from single pitch sports routes on perfect limestone, through to multi pitch rock routes in a mountain environment.
I also travel away from Chamonix for both guiding and my own pleasure, taking in places like the Gorge du Tarn in the south of France, Wadi Rum in Jordan and the big walls in the USA – the granite of Yosemite or sandstone of Zion in Utah or Red Rocks in Nevada.
We can structure a rock climbing trip in the same way as my alpine guiding: either as a teaching experience or as a way of getting around some amazing bits of rock for fun!
As a general rule, the best ratio to work at is at 1 or 2 on rock routes, almost whatever the length or the technical difficulty.
There are rock climbing venues to enjoy throughout the year by carefully choosing the latitude and the altitude!