SKILLS COVERED BY THE COURSE
- Technical mountaineering skills
- Refresh rope work, anchors and safety systems
- Leading on steeper ground
- Gear and protection on steeper ground
- Risk assessment
- Navigation and route selection
TYPICAL COURSE PROGRAMME
This is a varied week of coaching and climbing under the supervision of our excellent mountain guides with the specific objective of raising your knowledge and climbing standard, whilst building your skills and confidence. We aim to introduce you to new areas in the mountains and will change the venue, if necessary to ensure the best conditions and weather for the course. The typical course outlined below is an example of what we can achieve in this area of the Mont Blanc Massif.
Day 0. Sunday
Arrive Chamonix, hotel night.
Day 1. Monday
The team meets in the hotel for a briefing and gear check. There is time to arrange last minute rental and/or equipment purchases in Chamonix, before driving to Entreves, Italy. From here we catch the Funivie Monte Bianco lift and tackle the excellent alpine training climb of Aiguilles Marbrées (3,535m/11,601ft). Descend and return to Chamonix for a hotel night.
Day 2. Tuesday
After breakfast, drive from Chamonix to your starting point for the day at Staffal (Gressoney). Take the cable car to Punta Indren (3,300m/10,827ft) before undertaking a 1 hour hike to the newly renovated Mantova Hut
(3,498m/11,476ft) for rope work skills, knot practice and crevasse rescue. Overnight at Mantova Hut.
Day 3. Wednesday
An early start from Mantova Hut for a big day of climbing on the border of Italy and Switzerland, including ascents of the Vincent Pyramid (4,213m /13,822ft), Balmenhorn (4,161m/13,652ft), Ludwigshöhe (4,342m/14,245ft) and Corno Nero (4,322m/14,180ft) before returning for a second night at Mantova Hut.
Day 4. Thursday
Another alpine start to consolidate and build upon the skills learned thus far on the course. Today will include an ascent of Zumsteinspitze (4,564m /14,974ft) and Signalkuppe (4,554m/14,941ft – also known as Punta Gnifetti). Return to the Mantova Hut for a final night up high.
Day 5. Friday
Today we will have a more leisurely start after some hard climbing days and go over some final skills to consolidate what we have learnt before descending back to the cable car and return to Chamonix for dinner and a well-earned hotel night.
Day 6. Saturday
Breakfast, a chance to exchange photographs and departure
Please note: Itinerary may change if conditions are more suitable in another region or factors such as weather or lift service precludes access into this region.
TRAVEL TO CHAMONIX
We commence our Chamonix Alpine Climbing Course from Chamonix in France. The closest international airport is at Geneva, just over the border in Switzerland. Regular shuttles operate up to Chamonix and the trip takes about 1.5 hours. Your shuttle driver will drop you at your accommodation. At the completion of the course the shuttle can take you back to the airport. The shuttle transfers are at your own cost but we can help arrange this for you.
ACCESS TO THE MOUNTAINS
We utilise various lifts throughout the programme and all lifts are included in the course cost. If a change in programme forces us to use other or additional lifts due to weather or other logistical reason, your guide will first consult the group members before committing to the change. In some cases this may be at an additional expense to you.
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