Health & Fitness
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Level of Experience Required
To climb in Europe you need to be physically fit, have strong mental stamina and be capable of strenuous exercise for several days duration. Summit days will start well before dawn, but there is enough time for some and relaxed evenings enjoying the classic European culture.
Even climbing at the moderate altitudes in Europe has a definite physical effect on people. Most climbers notice a lower performance rate than normal. Summit days are the most physically demanding of the days and can entail 1000m or 3,300ft ascent at altitude. These rewarding and photogenic days typically take between twelve and fourteen hours.
This course and ascent is suitable for people wanting to learn and practice general mountaineering skills while climbing a classic and challenging 4000m peak. Though not essential, some rock climbing or scrambling experience is desirable and prior use of ice axe and crampons advantageous.
Preparing for the Course
To make the most of your climbing experience we encourage you to work on your fitness prior to the trip. You will find that training on hills with a +10kg pack on is the best preparation for the mountains, with the aim of building your endurance. Your guide will be attuned to your fitness levels and will regulate the pace accordingly.
We strongly recommend that you take out trip cancellation and travel insurance to protect yourself in case of injury or mishap prior to/or whilst on our trips.
While our focus is on safety and our track record supports this, the mountains do have hazards and there is the potential for mishap. If you were injured whilst on the trip there is a very efficient rescue service nearby.