In Eastern France lies a very nice climbing area called Baume Les Dames
Less crowded than Burgundian sites, it provides a wide range of 1 or 2 pitch route with all kind of difficulties.
, drive on Motorway A6 down to Beaune
from where you will go onto Motorway A31 (north bound) for a few kilometers then Motorway A36 (east bound).
, take exit 5.
Baume Les Dames
is then 4 kms away, south bound.
You can easily park close to the cliff.
As it is located in the northern part of the French Jura, it is very easy to access Baume-Les-Dames from Switzerland
It is possible to camp freely by the cliff near the Doubs river.
Very charming site. However it can be cold and wet in spring and fall.
Otherwise, you can go to the closest camp site located :
Camping du Bois Reveuge
25 rue Tarragon 25110 BAUME LES DAMES
Tel : 03 81 84 45 01
Baume Les Dames has 7 main climbing areas with many possibilities in terms of difficulty and variety.
355 routes in total, all made of limestone.
1. JOLAND :
13 routes from 6c+ to 8a / 15 to 17m / S-SW oriented
2. BEAUMEROUSSE :
51 routes from 4a to 8a / 5 to 20m / S-SW oriented
3. QUINT :
133 routes from 5c to 8b+ / 25 to 35m / S-SW oriented
4. SOUS-BUEN :
97 routes from 4c to 8a / 12 to 36m / E oriented
5. LONOT :
16 routes from 5c+ to 7a / 12 to 18m / N oriented
6. FENTE DE BABRE:
25 routes from 5c to 7b+ (also A1) / 65m / W oriented
7. LAISSEY :
20 routes from 3c to 7c / 5 to 15m / N oriented
Books, Maps & Weather
The best handbook is undoubtedly :
Baume Les Dames, sur les traces des coureurs de murailles
If you find that a map of the area can be useful, go for :
3423ET Baumes-Les-Dames / Vallée du Doubs
For weather predictions check :
Meteo France > Baume Les Dames