In the 1930s, Chamonix opened its first outdoor rock face for learning the art of climbing. The famous Rocher des Gaillands, or Gaillands Rock, was first maintained and equipped by guides from the Compagnie de Chamonix to prepare their clients for ascents in the Aiguilles Rouges, the Aiguilles de Chamonix and other high-altitude routes. Today, the internationally renowned Gaillands is open to all ages, and the various routes cater for beginners through to advanced climbers. The rock itself is of the highest quality and the red of the stone lends the location a distinctive appeal. To top it all off, the view of the Mont-Blanc peaks’ north faces is exceptional.