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Alpine Granite Rock Climbing Course

Four days of multi-pitch climbing on the perfect granite peaks around Argentiere hut.

This course is all about climbing. We will either get you started or push your level in crack and slab climbing skills. Your guide will teach you many rope work skills and tricks which are useful for multi pitch climbing in the mountains. You will be ready to go to places such as Yosemite valley after this course!

The Argentiere hut is a great base to stay during the trip. Perched on a rocky cliff above the Argentiere glacier at altitude of 2771m, it offers great views of the surrounding Alpine peaks and rugged glaciers. The hut has been recently renovated and offers comfortable rooms with bunk beds and lounge with views of the majestic walls and summits of Aigiuille Verte, Les Droits, Aiguille de Triolet and Mont Dolent. You can spot little lights of climbers there when you have an early start before the sunrise. Fred and Bea run the hut and are very friendly and welcoming. You will meet lot of personalities from the local climbing scene on this hut. 

Approach to the hut is not very long but fairly spectacular. After taking the Grands Montets cable-car, you will descend the steep slopes of the Rognon glacier and cross the Argentiere glacier to climb the short path up a moraine to the hut. You will arrive there about lunchtime and have time to climb on the nearest crag in the afternoon.

Description

This course will take you climbing on some of the most amazing granite multi-pitch routes in the Chamonix valley. The quality of the rock and routes is superb. There are routes of all grades for climbers of all levels with lengths from 100m up to over 1km. 

Level Requirements

We created this 4 day trip for those who already have a rock climbing experience. You should be familiar with the following skills:

  • You can follow routes of at least french 5c 
  • You have good belaying skills
  • You know how to abseil
  • You have basic crampons and ice axe skills

You need to be in a good physical shape, capable of 6 hour climbing days without being too tired the next day. 

Price

1420€

Price per person for groups of minimum 2 persons. 

Course Dates

Any date on demand

Included

Group Equipment

Ropes, safety equipment, etc will be provided when needed by your guide.

Office Support

Our team is based at the foot of the Aiguille du Midi cable car and will be happy to help you with any questions you may have before, during or after your trip to Chamonix.

Guide fee - 4 days

4 days of guiding and instruction by a UIAGM qualified mountain guide.

Accommodation (half-board)

3 nights accommodation in mountain huts with breakfast and dinner included.

Lift passes

The cost of any lift access that is required during the course for the itinerary described above. 

Local Transport

Any local transport that is required during your course.

Not Included

Food & Drink

The price does not include lunch or snacks. You can bring your own food and we can stop for a picnic, or there may be the option to buy lunch at a mountain hut. Please make sure that you are carrying sufficient water and snacks as we will be in the mountains for a number of hours.

Equipment

Please see the "Equipment" tab to find out what you will need. Anything that you do not already have can be rented here in Chamonix, if there is anything you need then please contact us and we will be happy to organise it for you.

For private customised guiding, please contact us directly to confirm your persoanlised kit list.

Accommodation

Accommodation in Chamonix is not included in the price but we would be happy to advise or organise it on request.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you take our Search and Rescue mountain insurance - we can organise this for you on request.

Travel to Chamonix

The price does not include flights, airport transfers or any other travel to/from Chamonix. However, we can organise airport transfers for you on request, please contact us for details.

Arrival Day in Chamonix

You will meet your group and your mountain guide in the Chamonix Experience office on the evening before your ice climbing course begins. You will receive all the details about your guide and the meeting in an email a week before start of the course.

The meeting is a great opportunity to ask any questions about the course and to check with your guide that you have the right equipment.

The detailed itinerary will depend on the weather, snow and ice conditions and these can vary very much from week to week. Therefore right now we can give you only a rough outline of what will happen on your course day to day.

Day 1

We will start early today to take the first lift up to Grands Montets. From there we will descend the steep slopes of the Rognon glacier and cross the flat part of the Argentiere Glacier to reach the tiny path leading to the Argentiere hut. This hike should take about 2,5 - 3 hours, arriving at the right time for a lunch! 

Afternoon will be spent to refresh your climbing techniques and rope work on the nearby cliff. Your guide will use this day to determine your climbing level and chose the climbing routes for the rest of the week. 

Enjoy the first sunset on the hut, the views are stunning! 

Days 2 - 4

You will climb some of the most amazing granite routes in the Chamonix valley. Your guide will chose carefully routes appropriate to your level so that you enjoy the climbing while pushing your limits. 

You will return back to Chamonix on day 4 afternoon, at about 17:00h. 

Clothing

Mountaineering boots

Mountaineering boots

Light puffer jacket

Light puffer jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Climbing shoes

Climbing shoes

Climbing pants

Climbing pants

Technical gear

Ice Axe

Ice Axe

Harness

Harness

Telescopic poles

Telescopic poles

Screwgate carabiner

Screwgate carabiner

60 - 120 cm tape sling

60 - 120 cm tape sling

Belay device

Belay device

Climbing helmet

Climbing helmet

35 - 45 litres rucksack

35 - 45 litres rucksack

Crampons

Crampons

Extras

Sunglasses

Sunglasses

Water bottle (1 litre minimum)

Water bottle (1 litre minimum)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Headlamp with fresh batteries

Headlamp with fresh batteries

Sleeping bag liner

Sleeping bag liner

Washbag and toiletries

Washbag and toiletries