Chamonix & Cogne Ice Climbing Week

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Day

 

 

0

 

Arrive Chamonix and overnight.

1

 

Drive through the Mont Blanc Tunnel to Italy and the Cogne Valley. Instruction and ice climbing. Hotel night in the Cogne Valley.

2

 

Instruction and climbing Cogne Valley, Italy.  Hotel night Cogne Valley.

3

 

Instruction and climbing Cogne Valley, Italy.  Hotel night Cogne Valley.

4

 

Instruction and climbing Cogne Valley, Italy.  Hotel night Cogne Valley.

5

 

Instruction and climbing Cogne Valley, Italy.  Return to Chamonix. Hotel night Chamonix.

6

 

Breakfast. Depart Chamonix for home.

TYPICAL COURSE PROGRAMME

Day 0. Sunday
Arrive into Chamonix. Hotel night.

Day 1. Monday
The team meets at 8:00am at the hotel for a briefing. Your guide will go over the activities for the week and answer any last minute questions. After organising any gear you need to hire, we drive drive through the Mont Blanc Tunnel to Italy to the Cogne Valley.  We will find one of the many venues in the region to practice ice climbing techniques and get warmed up for the week. Overnight in Cogne Hotel.

Day 2. Tuesday
Although there are some very hard mixed climbs in the region such as  the` X Files’; one of the first M10s climbed in 1997 by the eccentric Stevie Haston, there is also an abundance of climbs ranging from the easy training routes through to the desperates! Perhaps today you may attempt Lillaz Gully, a 200m Grade 4. Overnight in Cogne Hotel.

Day 3. Wednesday
Walk half an hour to attempt one of the many routes close to the hotel. There are several routes that are longer but of an easier grade, which help you to consolidate your skills without straining the body too much. Overnight in Cogne Hotel.

Day 4. Thursday
Perhaps today you may tackle a route such as Patri Classica, a divine 4 pitch route that flows up a series of walls culminating in a stunning last pitch. The trail to the base follows the Valnontey Valley for just over an hour to the base, so you are well warmed up when you arrive. Overnight in Cogne Hotel.

Day 5. Friday
Today you will enjoy our last climbs in Cogne Valley before driving back to Chamonix late in the afternoon. Perhaps you will be leading something you have had your eye on to finish the week off on! Perhaps you may decide to climb Cold Couloir, one of the most famous long routes (400m, Grade 4+). Finally it is time to pack up the kit and return to Chamonix.  Chamonix hotel night and time to celebrate a great week on the ice.

Day 6. Saturday
Breakfast and a chance to exchange photos, before departing for home.

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. If this option was to incur additional costs your guide will discuss the options with you prior to any commitment being made.

SKILLS COVERED BY THE COURSE

  • Ice climbing skills and movement
  • Refreshing rope work and basic skills
  • Independent risk assessment
  • Leading on ice
  • Descending steep terrain
  • Mountaineering skills relevant to approach and egress

TRAVEL TO/FROM CHAMONIX

We commence and finish our 5 Day Ice Climbing Week in Chamonix, France. The closest international airport is in Geneva, just over the border in Switzerland. Regular shuttles operate up to Chamonix and the trip takes about 1.5 hours. We can help you arrange shuttle transport and 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.

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