The described program is an example from which to draw ideas. It envisions a perfect week, with fit clients and good weather, as well as correct mountain conditions. You’ll decide with your guide which routes are best given all the different variables, to allow for a fun, educative week.
Rendez-vous with your guide in the evening before the course begins. The guide will answer your questions to start out the week smoothly.
Multi-pitch rock climbing in the Aiguilles Rouges or from the Plan de l’Aiguille. Classic Chamonix- lift accessed rock climbing allows us to kick start the week. An endless choice of routes, both bolted and traditional, allows the guide personalize your day according to your needs, optimizing your time and getting the roped teams coordinated for the rest of the course. Rock climbing skills, placement and removal of cams and wired stoppers, rope organization, anchors, and safe lead climbing methods are all covered.
Mixed climbing from the Aiguille du Midi! More classic, hard, alpine terrain. Gully mixed climbing on snow, rock and ice, with the application of techniques previously learned and an emphasis on the specific skills used on ice and in high mountain climbing.
High altitude granite! Some of the best climbing in the world- lift accessed granite crags in the Mt. Blanc range are among the best anywhere. The Salluard on the Point Adolph Rey, the Lepiney on the Trident du Tacul, or the Contamine on the Pointe Lachenal - Chamonix’s finest granite cracks beckon! The emphasis isn’t solely on the lovely climbing and working your crack climbing skills, but also on the placement of protection, building anchors, doing multiple rappels and moving safely and efficiently over alpine rock.
Days 4 & 5
You’re off into the mountains for a 2 day ascent of a big route in the Alps, with a night in a high mountain hut. The objective- put everything together for an ascent of one of the best lines in Chamonix (or elsewhere depending on the conditions and the team’s goals). It could be a long mixed route or a brilliant alpine arète. Some examples- The Forbes arete or the Eperon Migot on the Aiguille du Chardonnet, The Aretes du Diable or the Kufner Arete on the Mt. Maudit, traverse of La Meige, Traverse of the Breithorn or the Lyskam, etc.
You’ll actively participate in the route planning and the route ascent. All your skills are put to the test, and your guide’s input helps steepen the learning curve. An unforgettable ascent and an important stepping stone toward becoming a competent alpinist.