Our objective is to pass on the skills, which have made us successful in our own international climbing careers. The most important attributes being:
- A solid climbing standard and mountain awareness
- Sound judgement of your own ability
- Good planning and preparation skills
- Good decision making
SKILLS THAT MAY BE TAUGHT ON COURSE
You tell us what you want to do on the course! With our private instruction courses the choice is yours. You may deem that the course focus primarily on an aspect of climbing that you most want to gain instruction so you can increase your skill set in that area. Alternatively you can follow a standard training curriculum as would be covered in the Introductory, Intermediate or Advanced courses.
On the Private Instruction Course you can select the skills you want to focus upon such as those below:
- Snow-craft and ice-craft
- Mountain first aid and health
- Rope skills applicable to alpine climbing
- Rescue techniques & Emergency shelters
- Camp Management
- Glacier travel and self-rescue skills
- Route finding and navigation
- Weather analysis
- Rock climbing
- Ice climbing
- Alpine rock climbing skills
- Preparation for high altitude expedition climbing
THE WAY THE COURSE OPERATES
We spend as much time as possible actually climbing whilst developing skills. Initially you will develop and reinforce your skills in a contained environment and move on to more challenging routes and terrain during the course.
Experiential learning is a major factor in becoming a competent mountaineer. The emphasis of the course is on safe application of skill development. We will introduce skills through actually climbing peaks and increase the intensity of the program at your pace.
Alpine climbing can involve long days with early starts in order to gain a summit with descent before nightfall. There are times when the weather may be rough and there can be periods of discomfort. We manage this through consultation with the group members and our objectives are dictated by the strength and motivation of the group as a whole.
You may have the opportunity to develop additional skills before the course commences. Rope skills can be learned through local alpine clubs or climbing Gyms. Previous rock or alpine climbing experience will allow you to gain even more from the course.
THE COURSE VENUE
We operate our mountain courses in the Mont Blanc, Monte Rosa or the Gran Paradiso mountain regions depending on your preference. We can extend our courses to focus on specific skills such as winter ice climbing in which case we may base ourselves in the Cogne or La Grave regions that are world famous for their ice routes. We may move venues throughout the course to ensure the best conditions are encountered at the time. For rock specific courses our guides are also able to travel with you to a preferred venue or one where the weather is best.
TRAVEL TO CHAMONIX
We commence our Private Instruction Course from Chamonix in France. The closest international airport is at Geneva, just over the border in Switzerland. Regular shuttles operate through 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.