SKILLS COVERED BY THE COURSE
- Alpine Mountaineering equipment; what to use and how to choose
- Rope work, tying in and basic climbing knots
- Progression over different types of terrain from glacier to rock and ice climbs
- Awareness and avoidance of objective dangers
- Alpine huts, early start and etiquette
TYPICAL COURSE PROGRAM
Day 0. Sunday
Arrive Chamonix. Hotel night.
Day 1. Monday
Meet your guide at 8.30am at La Chaumière Lodge reception for a team briefing and an equipment check. Collect any required rental equipment items or last minute purchases in town. Take the Funicular to Montenvers and onto the Mer de Glace Glacier for a training day and an opportunity to become familiar with your equipment. Return to Chamonix for dinner and overnight at La Chaumière Lodge, Chamonix.
Day 2. Tuesday
After breakfast at the lodge and packing your climbing pack, meet your guide at lodge reception to head out for a morning training session at Les Gaillands rock crag, for alpine boot climbing and rope technical skills. After lunch, take the télécabine and chairlift at le Tour and trek 3 hours up to the Albert Premier Hut (2,702m). Hut night.
Day 3. Wednesday
Today is an early start to enjoy the alpine surrounds and climb the Tete Blanche and Petite Fourche. A snow craft session in the afternoon if time allows. Overnight at Trient Hut (3,170m) located across the border in Switzerland.
Day 4. Thursday
Another alpine start to tackle the Aiguille du Tour (3,529m) and then descend back to the valley floor and return to Chamonix. Overnight at La Chaumière Lodge, Chamonix.
Day 5. Friday
Today enjoy riding the famous Aiguille du Midi Lift that rises above Chamonix onto the Mont Blanc Massif and climb in the spectacular surroundings on the Arête Lawrence. Later in the day, return to Chamonix and celebrate the end of the course. Enjoy your last night at La Chaumière Lodge, Chamonix.
Day 6. Departure day. 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/FROM CHAMONIX
We commence our Introductory Mountaineering Course from Chamonix in 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. 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 MOUNTAIN
On the initial training day, we catch a train to the Mer de Glace from Chamonix and return the same way. We then use lifts at Le Tour to access Albert Premier Hut, as well as the Aguille du Midi lifts. All lifts on the program are included in the course cost. If a change in program 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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