is the twin course of the Technical
Ice & Classics,
but this week is geared to routes of a slightly
easier grade, for two people looking to book
together. Many people use this week as a private
version of the Alpine
course. The week is highly flexible, and tailored
to your requirements.
using the many cable cars in Chamonix you
will have access to these fantastic routes
and minimise your length of time spent travelling
or walking into the routes. If
you have climbed in Chamonix before, there
are over 4000 routes so you are guaranteed
not to repeat anything.
your previous ice or rock experience, the
aim of this course is also to teach you more
skills and style points useful in your own
climbing, developing your mixed climbing,
grades and techniques on different routes.
are listed in the column on the right, and
they show the live availability from our secure
online booking system. When you book online,
you receive immediate confirmation, your Alpine
Information Booklet, course specific kit list
this week is completely tailored to your needs, so please
use the itinerary below purely as an outline. It is the
same as the itinerary for the Alpine Classics course,
to show you what you could achieve. Before you arrive,
and during the week, we'll discuss the options and itinerary,
so it is moulded to suit your requirements.
to Chamonix to arrive for the 17:00 check-in followed
by and course safety and itinerary briefings. There
is time for kit checks or rental of equipment. Briefings
are over by 19:00 and the Chamonix hosts accompany
the group to
pre-dinner drinks to answer any queries.
Night in Chamonix.
day to refresh your climbing skills. Popular routes
include the Chapelle de la Gliere with its knife
edge traverse, Couloir de Chevalier on Petitie Verte
or the L'Index. Guiding ratio 1:2 (max). Night in
altitude climbing in the higher Aiguilles du Chamonix,
on routes such as the NNE Arete of the Aiguille
de l'M, Petite Charmoz or the Arete des Papillons.
ratio 1:2 (max). Night in Chamonix.
long day route on an exposed ice / snow ridge with
broken rocky sections such as Traverse of Aiguille
D'Entreves (AD+) or the Midi Plan Traverse.
Guiding ratio 1:2 (max). Night
technical day route, e.g. ice on Chere Couloir or
a shorter route followed by a night in a mountain
hut, e.g. Pyramid du Tacul.
Guiding ratio 1:2 (max). Night in
mountain hut or Chamonix.
early start for a major route at altitude such as
Contamine Mazeud on Mont Blanc du Tacul or the Dent
du Geant (if you stayed in a hut last night).
Guiding ratio 1:2 (max). Night in
then the accommodation check out is by 10:00. Most
arrange their airport transfers to leave around
this time, to catch a flight from Geneva about midday.
Depart for home.
NOTES: Where possible we follow itineraries. Mountain
adventures are weather and conditions dependant, so occasionaly
we are forced to alter the plans. If this is the case,
suitable alternatives are offered. Please use this outline
itinerary as a guide to the types of route / activity
that you will attempt.
days guiding, 7 days holiday in total
on the planner logo to the right to
see the real time live course availability
Course Inclusions: 1) IFMGA Mountain Guide
for five days, 2) Chamonix course hosts for logistics
& briefings, 3) B&B accommodation in Chamonix
(inc. beddings & towels), 4) Pre course information
booklet, 5) Equipment discount voucher for UK shops, 6)
Free 36 page technical Course Instruction Booklet, 7)
Road transport in Chamonix valley, 8) Evening technical
instruction on nights in Chamonix.
1) Travel to and from Chamonix, 2) Equipment hire, 3)
Personal laundry, telephone calls, lunches, evening meals
in valley, & any purchases in mountain huts / hotels
/ restaurants, 4) Cable cars and uplift for you and your
guide (cable cars for guide included in Chamonix), 5)
Transport / tunnel ticket outside the Chamonix valley,
6) Costs of any optional nights in mountain huts on half
board basis for you and your guide, 7) Sunday pre-dinner
drinks & Friday celebratory meal & drinks, 8)
Activities insurance, & excess baggage charges.
Many clients on this
trip consider upgrading with one or more of
the following course additions...
from shared to
single from £200 in
addition to course price,
depending on week.
day extension; 1:1
£1099, or 1:2 for £549
(booking together). Also
Matterhorn or Eiger.
from B&B to
have 3 course evening
meals in Chamonix for
5 nights for £99pp.
night spent in
Chamonix, with choice
of self-guided or guided
on Sunday. From £50.
full course equipment list,
with examples of kit, click
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flexibility to allow you to take full advantage
of the weather windows on any day, to maximise your
prices are fixed in £ Sterling, to protect
you from euro fluctuations, so you can budget accurately.
is a choice of routes to opt for, depending on the
weather, conditions, and your experience.
key part of choosing a company is being able to come and
talk about your plans with an experienced course advisor
face to face. In an increasingly virtual world, we know
our clients value speaking to real people, getting open
and honest advice. The vast majority of our clients are
British, and our office and outdoor store is based in
Windermere in the English Lake District.
in contact to arrange a meeting, and come in for a coffee
to discuss your course in person with a trip