Chamonix Advanced Mountaineering Course


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SKILL SET COVERED

  • Refreshing rope work and basic skills

  • Independent risk assessment

  • Making steep ground safe

  • Problem solving in mountains

  • Independent decision making

TYPICAL COURSE PROGRAMME

The course is run on a 1:2 ratio enabling the guide to lead on some very technical ground to give you firsthand insight as to how an ascent of this nature is undertaken. You will then be given opportunity to lead on appropriate ground with supervision and coaching from your guide.

While building your independence and confidence we also aim to introduce you to new areas and mountains; and will change the venue to achieve this if needed, so the typical course outlined below is an example of what we could achieve in the centre of the Mont Blanc Massif.

Day 0. Sunday
Arrive Chamonix, hotel night.

Day 1. Monday
Meet at the hotel for a team briefing and gear check. After organising our equipment hire, we take the Grands Montets lift to 3,200m where we tackle a short training climb, the North Face of the Petite Aiguille Verte (AD-), a good venue to practice steep ice climbing techniques.

We descend to the valley for a short debrief and, if there is time, a slide presentation by the guide followed by dinner in town. Hotel night.

Day 2. Tuesday
We drive through the Mont Blanc Tunnel to Italy, and take the Helbronner lift to the Col du Géant.  We trek round the Aiguilles Marbrées to the Col de Rochefort from where we traverse the Aiguilles Marbrées back to the Col du Géant (PD-). We stay at the large Torino hut with its excellent Italian coffee. Hut night. 

Day 3. Wednesday
A nice early start sees us travelling over the glacier to do a traverse of Aiguille d’Entrèves, which is a spectacularly exposed ridge traverse climb, although never extreme and immensely enjoyable. This is a perfect warm up for our climb of the Dent du Géant tomorrow. We return back to Torino hut in the afternoon to relax and then get to bed early before another alpine start.

Day 4. Thursday
After an early breakfast, we cross the Col du Géant to climb the magnificent Dent du Géant (AD) a 4,000m peak culminating in 200m of steep and exposed rock climbing. With a strong team, it is also possible to traverse the Arête de Rochefort before climbing the Dent du Géant.

Day 5. Friday
Today we make an early start for the Aiguilles Marbrées to the Col de Rochefort from where you will have the chance to plan and lead the  traverse of Aiguilles Marbrées back to the Col du Géant (PD), and back to the Torino and then Chamonix. 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 to lift service precludes access into this region.

TRAVEL TO CHAMONIX

We commence our Advanced Mountaineering 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 our 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 MOUNTAIN

The course is based in Chamonix and utilises a range of lifts and cable cars in the adjacent areas to allow ease of access to a variety of terrain. All lifts on the programme are included in the course cost. If a change in programme forces us to use 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 an additional expense to you.

 

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