Arc'teryx Alpine Academy Weekends 2020

Friday 11th September

Mountaineering Level 1  fully booked 
Mountaineering Level 2  1 place available fully booked
Lead Your Climb  fully booked
Crevasse Rescue  fully booked

Saturday 12th September

Mountaineering Level 1  fully booked
Mountaineering Level 2  fully booked
Mountaineering Level 3  fully booked
Multipitch Rock Climbing  fully booked
Crevasse Rescue  fully booked

Sunday 13th September

Mountaineering Level 2  fully booked
Mountaineering Level 3   1 place available
Trad Climbing  2 places available
Crevasse Rescue  1 place available
Trail Running Level 1 fully booked

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Clinic DESCRIPTIONS and Information

Mountaineering Level 1

"Level 1 of the Academy's mountaineering progression series. An introduction to mountaineering with a strong focus on individual learning. You'll learn the basics of how to prepare and properly pack your bag with the essentials before heading into the mountains, and how to correctly and safely use your mountaineering equipment. You will become confident in the use of crampons, specifically the 10 point technique, and learn how to walk over mixed ice and rock. You will discover the different uses for your ice axe, learn how to rope up with a figure 8 and walk on a glacier with a rope.

This course is a pre-requisite for participants who would like to learn or consolidate the basic and fundamental principles of mountaineering, and for those who have never worn crampons before."

SKILL LEVEL 

Beginner

DURATION

Full day

COST

€85 per person. Transport and lift pass is not included. 

LEVEL REQUIREMENTS

You must be capable of ascending for approximately three hours and be comfortable hiking on trails, over uneven terrain, and descending fixed ladders to access the Mer de Glace.

LOCATION

Mer de Glace glacier (the location is subject to change due to weather & conditions)

GROUP SIZE

6 climbers per guide

MEETING TIME & PLACE

 07h30 at Chamonix Experience office

EQUIPMENT

Clothing: 
Please note that the temperature can be quite hot or cold, depending on weather. Therefore bring layers of clothes which you can adjust from functional t-shirt to fleece or wool mid layers, lightweight puffer jacket, GORE-TEX jacket, Softshell trousers, GORE-TEX trousers, warm hat, sun hat and one thin & one warm pair of gloves.

Technical equipment:
Crampon compatible mountaineering boots, 12 point crampons, mountaineering harness, mountaineering helmet, classic ice axe, 3 screw-gate karabiners, belay device (Reverso or similar), dynamic lanyard and approximately 30l rucksack

Additional items:
Solar protection (sunglasses, high protection sunscreen, lip protection), enough food and water (at least 2 litres) for a full day in mountains.

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Mountaineering Level 2

Level 2 of the Academy's mountaineering progression series. This clinic will focus on safe glacier travel in a group situation, to prepare you for basic glacier tours and approaches to easy alpine climbs.

You will cover how to rope up together on glaciers, how to adjust rope length to suit the terrain, how to safely navigate crevasses, and the different scenarios that you may encounter. You will practise ice axe techniques, self-arrest, and learn how to build snow and ice anchors. We will advise you on route planning and give guidance on equipment choice. You will become familiar with the necessary equipment and learn what you need to take when planning a glacier trip.

This course is essential for helping develop your skills in safe glacier travel.

SKILL LEVEL 

Intermediate

DURATION

Full day

COST

€119 per person. Transport and lift pass is not included. 

LEVEL REQUIREMENTS

Mountaineering Level 1 or previous experience using crampons and ice axe. You should be comfortable ascending and descending in crampons over uneven terrain for up to six hours, and be comfortable with exposure to heights.

LOCATION

Aiguille du Midi (the location is subject to change due to weather & conditions)

GROUP SIZE

4 climbers per guide

TIME & PLACE

 07h00 at Chamonix Experience office

EQUIPMENT

Clothing: 
Please note that the temperature can be quite hot or cold, depending on weather. Therefore bring layers of clothes which you can adjust from functional t-shirt to fleece or wool mid layers, lightweight puffer jacket, GORE-TEX jacket, Softshell trousers, GORE-TEX trousers, warm hat, sun hat, one thin & one warm pair of gloves and gaiters.

Technical equipment:
Crampon compatible mountaineering boots, 12 point crampons, mountaineering harness, mountaineering helmet, classic ice axe, 3 screw-gate karabiners, belay device (Reverso or similar), dynamic lanyard, prussik sling, ice screw, head lamp with fresh batteries, and approximately 30l rucksack. 

Additional items:
Solar protection (sunglasses, high protection sunscreen, lip protection), enough food and water (at least 2 litres) for a full day in mountains.

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Mountaineering Level 3

Level 3 of the Academy's mountaineering progression series. This clinic will further your knowledge and skills in advanced technical alpinism, preparing you for different situations and various mountain terrain.

You will practise walking on steep faces and exposed ridges, learning how to adapt and manage your rope according to the terrain. You will be shown different ice axe methods and practise front point technique, alongside skills such as setting up an abseil, placing natural protection and leading a route.

This course has proved one of the most popular of the Academy!

SKILL LEVEL 

Advanced

DURATION

Full day

COST

€139 per person. Transport and lift pass is not included. 

LEVEL REQUIREMENTS

Mountaineering Level 2 is essential. Candidates must have advanced mountaineering skills, rock climbing experience including abseiling, knowledge of ropes and knots, and be capable of using crampons for up to 6 hours.

LOCATION

Mont-Blanc massif (the location is subject to change due to weather & conditions)

GROUP SIZE

3 climbers per guide

TIME & PLACE

07h00 at Chamonix Experience office

EQUIPMENT

Clothing: 
Please note that the temperature can be quite hot or cold, depending on weather. Therefore bring layers of clothes which you can adjust from functional t-shirt to fleece or wool mid layers, lightweight puffer jacket, GORE-TEX jacket, Softshell trousers, GORE-TEX trousers, warm hat, sun hat, one thin & one warm pair of gloves and gaiters.

Technical equipment:
Crampon compatible mountaineering boots, 12 point crampons, mountaineering harness, mountaineering helmet, classic ice axe, 4 screw-gate karabiners, belay device (Reverso or similar), dynamic lanyard, prussik sling, ice screw, head lamp with fresh batteries, and approximately 30l rucksack. Bring your own equipment (quickdraws, slings, friends, stoppers, etc) so that you can practice with what you normally use.

Additional items:
Solar protection (sunglasses, high protection sunscreen, lip protection),  passport as you may go to Italy, enough food and water (at least 2 litres) for a full day in mountains.

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Crevasse Rescue

Crevasse rescue training with specific techniques including hauling your partner out of a crevasse, ascending on a rope, securing the lip of the crevasse, using a dead man anchor, installing a safety rope, and other essential skills.

This clinic will be led by experienced UIAGM mountain guides with specialist knowledge in crevasse rescue training.

We will have an English-speaking group and a French speaking-group each day.

SKILL LEVEL 

Advanced

DURATION

Full day

COST

€105 per person. Transport and lift pass is not included. 

LEVEL REQUIREMENTS

Advanced mountaineering skills and a minimum of Level 2 Mountaineering. You must be confident with crampons, ice axe and rope management. Experience of climbing, belaying and abseiling is required. Fitness-wise you should be able to climb for four hours.

LOCATION

Aiguille du Midi or Grands Montets (the location is subject to change due to weather & conditions)

GROUP SIZE

6 climbers per guide

TIME & PLACE

07h00 at Chamonix Experience office

EQUIPMENT

Clothing: 
Please note that the temperature can be quite hot or cold, depending on weather. Therefore bring layers of clothes which you can adjust from functional t-shirt to fleece or wool mid layers, lightweight puffer jacket, GORE-TEX jacket, Softshell trousers, GORE-TEX trousers, warm hat, sun hat, one thin & one warm pair of gloves and gaiters. 

Technical equipment:
Crampon compatible mountaineering boots, 12 point crampons, mountaineering harness, mountaineering helmet, classic ice axe, 4 locking gate karabiners, 2 non locking carabiners, belay device (Reverso or similar), 1 auto block pulley, dynamic lanyard, prussik sling, 2 x 120cm sling, ice screw, head lamp with fresh batteries, ajustable trekking poles and approximately 30l rucksack.

Additional items:
Solar protection (sunglasses, high protection sunscreen, lip protection), enough food and water (at least 2 litres) for a full day in mountains.

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Lead Your Climb

If you're a confident indoor climber looking to transfer your skills to the rocks - this clinic is for you! The course will teach you the essential skills and safety procedures needed to enjoy a great day on a crag.

You will learn how to check the equipment in place, read the topo/guidebook, locate the route you want to climb, manage the risk of falling on the lower sections of climbs, how to clip bolts, install top ropes, lead a climb, and safety tie an anchor at the top so your partner can lower you down.

You will also be given personal tips from the athletes and guides about their climbing methods, body movement, foot placement, and position while climbing.

SKILL LEVEL 

Beginner

DURATION

Full day

COST

€65 per person. Transport and lift pass is not included. 

LEVEL REQUIREMENTS

Some indoor or outdoor rock climbing experience. Level of climbing: 5a minimum.

LOCATION

Local crag Chamonix Valley (the location is subject to change due to weather & conditions)

GROUP SIZE

6 participants per guide

TIME & PLACE

 08h00 at Chamonix Experience office

EQUIPMENT

Clothing: 
Please note that the temperature can be quite hot or cold, depending on weather. GORE-TEX jacket, climbing trousers or shorts, regular trainers or approach trainers.

Technical equipment:
Rock climbing shoes, climbing harness, climbing helmet, chalk bag, 2 locking gate karabiners, belay device (Reverso or similar), dynamic lanyard and approximately 20l rucksack. If you can bring your own equipment (quickdraws, slings, etc) so that you can practice with what you normally use.

Additional items:
Solar protection (sunglasses, high protection sunscreen, lip protection), face mask, enough food and water (at least 2 litres) for the day.

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Multipitch Rock Climbing 

This course will take your rock climbing knowledge to the next level - literally. The multi-pitch environment will allow you to explore longer routes and bigger days on the wall.

Learn the necessary skills for leading and seconding longer, bolted sport-climbing routes. You will develop your skills in guidebook/topo use, selecting equipment, climbing terminology, abseiling techniques, and setting up belays.

SKILL LEVEL 

Intermediate

DURATION

Full day

COST

€99 per person. Transport and lift pass is not included. 

LEVEL REQUIREMENTS

Some indoor or outdoor rock climbing experience. Level of climbing: 5c minimum.

LOCATION

Local crag (the location is subject to change due to weather & conditions)

GROUP SIZE

4 participants per guide

TIME & PLACE

08h00 at Chamonix Experience office

EQUIPMENT

Clothing: 
Please note that the temperature can be quite hot or cold, depending on weather. Bring layers of clothes which you can adjust from t-shirt and climbing shorts, climbing trousers, fleece or wool mid layers, GORE-TEX jacket, warm hat, sun hat, regular trainers or approach trainers.

Technical equipment:
Rock climbing shoes, climbing harness, climbing helmet, chalk bag, 3 locking gate karabiners, belay device (Reverso or similar), dynamic lanyard, prusik sling, head lamp with fresh batteries and approximately 30l rucksack. If you can bring your own equipment (quickdraws, slings, etc) so that you can practice with what you normally use.

Additional items:
Solar protection (sunglasses, high protection sunscreen, lip protection), enough food and water (at least 2 litres) for the day.

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Trad Climbing

The "trad", the essence of our passion! Climbing freely on a rock face, and using as only protection your own gear that you place and remove yourself. This clinic offers climbers a transition training between bolted to non equipped routes. Here we mainly use cams, nuts, slings, extendable draws.

You will deepen your knowledge of gear placement, discover the different types of gear and where it works best, belay organisation, and specific climbing skills. Learn from the experts!

SKILL LEVEL 

Advanced

DURATION

Full day

COST

€129 per person. Transport and lift pass is not included. 

LEVEL REQUIREMENTS

Rock climbing experience and multi-pitch rope work and safety skills including abseiling, knots and rope management, ability to climb 4 to 6 hours, and belay a lead climber and second. Indoor and outdoor climbing experience, minimum level of leading 6a.

LOCATION

Local crag Chamonix Valley (the location is subject to change due to weather & conditions)

GROUP SIZE

3 participants per guide

TIME & PLACE

08h00 at Chamonix Experience office

EQUIPMENT

Clothing: 
Please note that the temperature can be quite hot or cold, depending on weather. Bring layers of clothes which you can adjust from t-shirt and climbing shorts to climbing trousers and fleece or wool mid layers, GORE-TEX jacket and regular trainers or approach trainers.

Technical equipment:
Rock climbing shoes, climbing harness, climbing helmet, chalk bag, 3 locking gate karabiners, belay device (Reverso or similar), dynamic lanyard, prusik sling, 2 x 120cm sling, head lamp with fresh batteries and approximately 30l rucksack. If you can bring your own equipment (quickdraws, cams, stoppers, slings, etc) so that you can practice with what you normally use.

Additional items:
Solar protection (sunglasses, high protection sunscreen, lip protection), face mask, enough food and water (at least 2 litres) for the day.

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Trail Running Level 1

Step into the exciting and challenging world of vertical mountain running. Whether you're an alpinist looking for new ways to explore the mountains or a runner who wants to venture off the roads and onto the trails, this is the course for you.

Join our experienced and enthusiastic athletes for a day of discovery and exciting new challenges. We will begin with a theory session with our athletes covering basic training principles, equipment choices, nutrition, and route planning. Once we're out on the trails you will be running for up to four hours in total, with regular breaks for our athletes to share expert tips and demonstrate useful techniques.

The course will conclude with important post-run routines, recovery, stretching, and tips on how to avoid injuries.

SKILL LEVEL 

Beginner

DURATION

Full day

COST

€49 per person. Transport and lift pass is not included. 

LEVEL REQUIREMENTS

For beginner trail runners with good fitness who can run for two hours on the flat. We will tackle uphill climbs of 500 - 800m elevation gain (with breaks for training techniques).

LOCATION

Chamonix Valley (the location is subject to change due to weather & conditions)

GROUP SIZE

8 participants per guide

TIME & PLACE

09h00 at Chamonix Experience office

EQUIPMENT

Clothing: 
Trail running shoes, water or windproof jacket (depending on weather), long-sleeve shirt, running shorts or tights, hat and gloves, dry shirt / long-sleeve to change,

Technical equipment:
Running backpack / pack / belt with hydration system

Additional items:
1 l liquid (water, energy drink) in flask, 3 to 4 energy gels or bars, emergency blanket

Optional equipment: 
GPS-watch, heart rate monitor

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OUR Partners

Arc'teryx Store Chamonix

The Official Arct'eryx store in Chamonix will offer to participants of the Arc'teryx Academy Weekends rental equipment for discounted prices.

Mountain Drop-Offs

Our long-term partners providing transport from Geneva airport to resorts across the Alps. Contact Mountain Drop-Offs for your transfers to Chamonix. Click here for more information

Mont Blanc Natural Resort

Our lon-term partner in Chamonix will offer the participants preferable rates on lift passes during the Arcteryx Academy weekends. 

Chamonix

Big thanks to Chamonix for their long-term continuing support of the Arc'teryx Alpine Academy events. 

Skyway Monte Bianco

Big thanks to Skyway Monte Bianco for ongoing support on the Arct'eryx Alpine Academy events.