Winter 1:1 Advanced 2017
Course overview Course dates & availability
This advanced course is among the top level courses that we offer, without specific tariffs for named routes being quoted. Recent courses have ascended famous routes such as Modica Noury on Tacul (TD), Goulotte Cosmiques, and Cold Couloir (V).
The itineraries are not fixed, and are flexible to take advantage of your progression, the best conditions, your skill and ambitions. You can choose the elements that interest you best to create your ideal itinerary. The maximum grade of climb attempted is grade V ice / Alpine TD, so if you have plans for harder routes ask for a quote.
You should have a good level of previous mountaineering experience such as Alpine Grade D, or Scottish Grade IV+ ice climbing. An ability to ski or ski tour is an advantage, but not essential.
Please note that for highly technical ascents, such as winter ascents of the Aiguille Verte, Grandes Jorasses, and also some of the major difficult routes such as Supercouloir or Omega, these routes cost a lot more to guide so are outside the scope of this course. We are happy to quote individually for this level of routes. If you would like a week of 1:1 waterfall ice climbing, look at the Ultimate Ice course.
On demand: if no scheduled course dates are showing in the column on the right, we can still operate a course on demand for just one person booking, on any dates that suit from January through until the end of April, arriving Sunday and departing Saturday.
Dates: these 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 and invoice.
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Winter 1:1 Advanced
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Alternative courses
Winter Alpine Intro course
Chamonix Ice & Alpine Gullies
Two person winter week
Client feedback
When you guys say that you will push us to our limits you really dont hold back. To climb such huge routes in winter conditions is an amazing experience, and thank
you so much for fulfilling my ambitions and more

John Andrews , 1:1 Advanced

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Brief Course Itinerary
Sun Travel 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 20:00 and the Chamonix hosts accompany the group to pre-dinner drinks to answer any queries. Night in Chamonix.
Mon This is your first of five days of 1:1 guiding, and it is usually used to acclimatise you, and to give the guide a good idea of your climbing level on ice / rock / mixed. Night spent in Chamonix.
Tue Normally a technical day route, at altitude such as the Goulotte Cosmique, or on high grade valley ice (grade V to VI+). You can choose what type of route to attempt. Night in Chamonix.
Wed The next two days are often spent on a mini expedition / major route / different region, to allow you to attempt the principal objectives of the week. Night in Chamonix or in an Alpine bivouac on the mountain.
Thu Second day of the two day trip, to gain the summit and complete the route. Night in Chamonix.
Fri This final day of guiding is a flexible day for weather or to complete your route, or to try a shorter more technical route, or for something different like a day of ski touring or off piste. Night in Chamonix.
Sat Breakfast then the accommodation check out is by 10:00. Most arrange their transfers for around this time for a flight from Geneva about midday.
ITINERARY 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.

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Course Prices
1:1 ratio course
5 full days IFMGA guiding, 1:1 max ratio
7 days holiday in total, Sunday-Saturday
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Standard Course Inclusions: 1) IFMGA Mountain Guide for five days, 2) Chamonix course hosts for logistics & briefings, 3) Pre course information booklet, 4) Equipment discount voucher for UK shops, 5) Six nights B&B accommodation in Chamonix (inc. bedding & towels), 6) Free 36 page technical Course Instruction Booklet, 7) Road transport in Chamonix valley, 8) Logistics support and evening instruction.
Exclusions: 1) Travel to and from Chamonix, 2) Cable Cars (approx £30), 3) Transport / tunnel ticket outside Chamonix valley 4) Equipment hire, 4) Personal laundry, telephone calls, lunches, evening meals, & any purchases in mountain huts / hotels / restaurants, 6) Sunday pre-dinner drinks & Friday celebratory meal & drinks, 7) Activities insurance, & excess baggage charges.
Upgrade options
Half Board Upgrade
£99 (throughout the season)
For every night that you are in town, you eat in a different restaurant in the centre of Chamonix. Always three courses, to power you for the next day.
Avalanche Skills Weekend
£149 (throughout the season)
To learn avalanche prediction, reutschblocks and use of avalanche tranceivers. Course is available on weekends throughout the winter, details.
Ice climbing and Alpine gullies on the Winter 1:1 course
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